A goal for good teams is to go unbeaten for the season. Week 9 is the conclusion of the regular season play in Missouri as Week 10 sees the beginning of District/State tournament. Look at some to the teams that fell for the first time this season—
….SLUH (6-2) tops Kirkwood (7-1) 38-35 in a terrific game. Click here for the 2nd half REPlay … Kirkwood had been ranked #4 in St Louis and #5 in class 5 MOsports Power Poll. The Jr Bills are enjoying their best season since 2008 when they were 9-4 and now are shooting to repeat this “unbeaten snap” at least one more time since they are in the #3 slot in their district as CBC and Hazelwood Central are each unbeaten.
….Jackson (8-1) knocked off Miller Career (8-1) 28-14 at home in a matchup between two top 10 teams. The Indians were ranked #7 in class 5 while the Phoenix #5 in class 4.
…St Charles West Warriors assures itself the top seed in Class 4, District 3 as the topple the Ladue Rams (8-1) 33-24.
…In a prelude to a likely District championship matchup in 3 weeks, Westminster (8-1) used field position and domination in the line-play to topple Borgia(8-1) 35-14. The two teams will likely flip-flop their #1-2 seeds in Class 4 district 4 as District opens up next week.
…in a battle between TWO unbeaten teams—someone had to be removed from a perfect record. It was a battle between the #3, Class 4 team (Carl Junction) and #1, Class 2 team (Lamar). Deciding the Champion of the Big 8, Carl Junction scored two 4th quarter TD’s to edge the Lamar Tigers 29-28. On their final drive, Lamar’s FG attempt from 42 yards out was wide.
…Lockwood was only 1 of 3 class 1 teams with an unblemished record but Jaspar handed them a 36-16 defeat to push them out of the unbeaten ranks.
…the Bolivar Liberators spoiled Reeds Springs hopes of a perfect season with a 33-28 victory.
On the other hand….some did finish with a perfect regular season mark….
…CBC (9-0)trailing 13-3 during first half, scored big in the final quarter to upend Rock Bridge 40-26.
…Park Hills Central (9-0) after whipping Farmington 39-3.
…California Pintos (9-0)beat Warsaw 56-20 as they win the top seed in Class 3, District 1.
…Valle Catholic (9-0) continues their 24 game winning streak as they trounce St Pius 47-9. The Warriors enter district competition as the team “to beat” if you have your eyes set on the Class 1 STATE title.
…In the same district, Class 2, District 8, Brookfield (9-0) and E.Buchanon (9-0) will be the two top seeds.
…Malden (9-0) smashed Dexter in the worst looking score of the night 76-9 as they grab #1 seed in Class 2, District 1.
…very quietly, Hogan Prep as stayed unbeaten in Class 3, District 7 play.
…one of the teams that always seems to be there—Maryville notches another perfect season as they as they tumble Lafayette (ST. Joseph) 55-28.
..Affton caps off an exciting season as they beat St Charles 36-21. Only a couple years ago, the Cougars were struggling but now they’ve gone 9-0!
…of course, how could we have this section on unbeaten and NOT expect to see Webb City (9-0). The Cardinals handled Branson 42-5 to round out another regular season.
Some other district flashes…
….Nixa (5-4) upended the top Seed of their district(entering week 9) Republic(5-4) 23-7. The Eagles will flip-flop their #2 seed with the top seed on the basis of the win. Down 7-3 at half, the Eagles regrouped offensively and shut down the single wing offense of the Tigers. Nixa will earn the top seed of Class 5, District 5 with a 5-4 record.
…in class 2, District 5, the Brentwood Eagles finish 9-0 but most likely will NOT catch the #1 seed, Lutheran North. The Crusaders (8-1) will keep their 1st place seed with their win over St. Mary’s . How could this happen? The point system being employed by MSHSAA (devised by Football Committee) has several parameters. Wins alone is just one consideration. Other parameters include size of opposition (larger/smaller classification); record of opponents; margin of victory provides points (up to 13). Clearly, the team with the “tougher” schedule gets rewarded with their wins. Ditto same scenario for Strafford (9-0) as they pound Ash Grove 50-0 but won’t win top seed as Liberty-Mt View (8-1) beat Houston 55-6 and should hang on as #1 seed in Class 2, District 3.
…when it’s all tabulated, there is a good chance that Cardinal Ritter (3-6) will grab the top seed of Class 2, District 2 after losing to Sikeston 20-0. The Lions seldom compete in regular season against other Class 2 level teams so…see note above
…talk about tough—Class 2 District 7 has not one or two but three unbeaten teams with two other teams only beaten once. Yet, another team lost Friday so they finish 7-2 and have the 6th best record in this amazing district! Lafayette County, S.Calloway and St. Paul Lutheran (Concordia) all finish 9-0 ! Ft Tolten Catholic and Cole Camp finish 8-1 while Hallsville drops to 7-2! WOW! Lafayette County and S.Calloway were 1-2 in the seeds prior to this weekend’s action. Final totals will be very tight!!
Now the 2nd season begins—lose now and your season is history.