Bob Ryan Blog – Week Eight – SLUH / Mehlville

SLUH WINS ON THE FINAL PLAY OF THE GAME –

For the 2nd consecutive week, the SLUH Jr. Billikens had their game decided on the final play of the game. Last week, the FG attempt by Lafayette fell short and SLUH won. This week, the Jr. Bills drilled home a 29 yard FG to capture a 30-28 victory over the Mehlville Panthers. SLUH scored on their first possession of the game as Michael Hall punched it over from 4 yards out. The big play of the drive was a 36 yard pass from Sam Sykora to David Jackson. The Jr Bills stretched their lead to 14-0 when Sykora hit Marcus Ramspott on a 38 yard strike. Ramspott beat the Mehlville Man-man cover age with a down, out & up pattern and was hit right in stride for the TD. Late in the first half, the Panther’s leading receiver Kyle Bean latched onto a bullet-like 15 yard pass from QB Brendan Moore and we had a game as it was now 14-7. Receiving the 2nd half kickoff, the Jr Bills ran a reverse that put them at mid-field. Four plays later, Michael Hall scored his 2nd rushing TD of the game on a 10 yard rumble. The PAT made it 21-7. On the next possession, after receiving a pass from Moore between 2 defenders in mid-field, Mehlville’s Matt Mik raced down the sideline and as he approached the 20 yard line with no defender close but closing on him, he fumbled the football. SLUH recovered on this very strange fumble.  Two plays later, David Jackson broke the attempted tackle of a defender after a short reception and galloped 82 yards for a touchdown. The snap on the PAT was uncatchable and SLUH held a 27-7 lead. But….Mehlville wasn’t going to quit! The Panthers assembled a quick 6 play drive taking about 1:30 off the clock that culminated when Kyle Bean reached high and pulled in a 34 yard TD from Brendan Moore. Austin Massey’s extra point made it 27-14. Late in the 3rd quarter, Mehlville forced a SLUH punt and 4 plays later, Mehlville converted a 4th and 26 on a fake punt as QB/punter Brendan Moore raced down the sideline, eluded a would-be tackler short of the 1st down but dove to get the distance to move the chains. A long 34 yard run by Mike Mit was followed by a couple plays later by Mik getting into the end zone as the Panthers made it 27-21. SLUH’s offense stalled on the next possession and Mehlville grabbed the lead when Brendan Moore, who demonstrated athleticism, speed, a strong arm and elusiveness through much of the game, darted up the middle for a 26 yard touchdown run with 3:24 remaining in the game. Massey’s high PAT suddenly put the Panthers on top 28-27. SLUH started the last drive of the game with a 34 yard pass from Sykora to Jackson which saw 15 yards added on for a face-mask violation.  Michael Hall carried the ball on 5 of the next 6 plays to set the scene for Jacob Cox’s winning 29 yard field goal as the clock ran out. Outstanding performers in the game were plentiful. For the Mehlville Panthers QB Brendan Moore flashed tremendous running skills, a strong arm on 2 TD throws and his key conversion on 4th down ignited the Panthers. For his play, he earned the Lions Choice Athlete of the Game Award. Kyle Bean caught 5 passes for 127 yards while Mike Mit hammered away at the inside of the JR Bill defense and piled up over 90 yards in rushing. Sam Sykora was 11 of 19 for 272 yards and 2 touchdowns. David Jackson, continued to showcase his skills with 4 catches for 190 yards (which led the ST Louis area on this particular night) and one touchdown. Michael Hall again banged away on the ground game. But, ultimately the winner of the Custom Graphics Standout Player of the Game was Jacob Cox. Cox had to wait as 3 timeouts were spent between the previous play and his kick. It had plenty of height and distance and raised the Billiken record to 3-4 for the season.  Click here for the game

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