If Week 1 Was a Hint of What’s In Store, You Don’t Want to Miss Week 2!!

IMG_1687If Week 1 Was a Hint of What’s In Store, You Don’t Want to Miss Week 2!!

By Kevin O’Connell
It’s only the 2nd week of the season, but given the way it started off, this will be a year to remember. Last Friday night we had 2 scoring leaders, Cade Brister of Fort Zumwalt North and Cody Shrader of Lutheran South score 4 TDs each, not to mention the 22 others with 3 each. We saw Quarterback Kaleb Eleby of Pattonville throw for 6 TDs while Jake Bridges of Park Hills Central and Damian Cagle of Winfield threw for 5 TDs each. Two Running Backs, Hassan Haskins of Eureka and Cody Shrader of Lutheran South each rushed for 275 yards apiece. Haskins carried the ball 41 times and accounted for total offense of 316 yards. Right behind Haskins at 316 total yards was Cody Shrader of Lutheran South with 286.Two receivers, Tristan Campbell of Park Hills Central and Sam Walden of Fort Zumwalt East caught passes for over 160 yards each.
Offense wasn’t all we saw. 2 players had a pair of interceptions each, Turner Cook of Marquette and Cade Grimes of Orchard Farm. 3 players, 2 from the same school, had 2 fumble recoveries each.  Will Bacon and A’Ron Washington of Lutheran South and Brian Hutten of Brentwood each had 2. Branton McCain of Liberty had 15 solo tackles, 3 assists followed closely by Nathan Lane of Francis Howell Central with 12 solo and 7 assists, and Cameron Turner of Hazelwood East with 11 solo and 6 assists. Mike Simon of Hazelwood Central had 4 solo sacks. There was plenty of offense and defense to go around.
Obviously, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to everything accomplished by these young men playing High School football. Take a Friday night out and go to a game near you. They’re fun, exciting, and always something to root for. If you can’t get to a game, check www.prepcasts.com for a game near you and listen to our great coverage of the game. Only on Prepcasts can you listen to more than one game and follow much more action at the same time.

Eureka Football Continues to Roll

Tyler PosloskyFarrell Shelton’s game plan heading into Fort Zumwalt East was more about defense than offense. The head coach of Eureka was worried about his defense matching up against the Lions’ offense fueled by quarterback Andy Barrett and receiver Daniel Morris.

 After all, both Barrett and Morris are two of the area’s top players four games in.

 “Their offensive firepower was what really worried us,” Shelton said following his team’s 38-0 thumping over the Lions. “Could we keep up with them? Could the back end of our defense stay with them?”

 Yes to both.

 The Wildcats’ senior-driven defense erased every concern their coach had following another stout performance. In fact, they held Barrett in check all night. When the Wildcats weren’t crashing through the Lions’ offensive line, they were flushing Barrett out of the pocket, forcing him to beat them on the perimeter.

 Barrett, who threw for 205 yards in Week 2, managed just 47 yards against the Wildcats. Morris was held to one catch for 7 yards. For perspective, Morris set a state record for yards per catch in a single game in the season opener against Francis Howell Central.

 The Wildcats scored on their first play from scrimmage to jump to an early lead. Senior quarterback Brett Geisz heaved a pass down the far sideline into the hands of junior receiver Cameron Nisbet for the score.

 Down by a touchdown, the Lions were still very much alive. However, their next series proved devastating.

 The Lions had the ball near midfield when running back Devon Dillon took the handoff from Barrett but was hit hard near the line of scrimmage. The ball was jarred loose, and linebacker Cole Reat scooped it and rumbled 48 yards for the touchdown.

 Eureka’s sideline erupted with high fives and fist pumps. The touchdown was a bit ironic. Reat started the first three games on the offensive line. However, last week, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior made the switch to linebacker. The move paid off.

 To his own admission, Reat was a bit surprised when he saw the ball bouncing on the turf.

 “I was thinking don’t drop on it, don’t fall on it, don’t fumble it … all the things you can imagine running through your head,” Reat said.

 The Lions were dumbfounded. Any momentum that would have been was gone in the blink of an eye.

 With a 14-0 edge, the Wildcats kept their foot on the throttle.

 A 10-yard score by Stephen Erutti and a 31-yard touchdown pass from Andy Coulter to Dylan Brems ended the first quarter.

 The second stanza was much the same as the first. Eureka dominated on both sides of the ball. Coulter threw his second touchdown pass of the night, this time a 13-yard strike to Nisbet.

 “You got seniors that cherish the opportunity to be out there and that’s what I’m proud of,” Shelton said. Our entire starting defense, they understand the clock’s ticking on ‘em. We only have so many of these Friday night’s left, so let’s make it special.”

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Quick Snapshot of Week 1 – MO High School Football

Bob-RyanQuick Snapshot of Week 1 – MO High School Football

 …with the season opening August 22, the 1st round of District will be prior to Halloween. That means half the STATE will be finished on October 24th ! I guess the basketball coaches are happy that they’ll be seeing some of their players done with football so early !

 …Scoring in the last 14 seconds of the game, Soldan rallied to beat Priory 24-21. With Priory up 21-16, Terry Graham hauled in a 50 yard pass from Ronald Clower and added the 2-point conversion to win this non-conference game. Clower was 18 of 28 for 242 yards and all three TD’s  

…highest scoring total of the night—123 total points—Lee Summit 81 Truman 42 !!! 

…Eureka’s defense prevented a 2-point conversion late in the game as Eureka won the battle of Rockwood 17-15 at Lafayette. Click here for the replay …  

…ALL 5 of the Mississippi Blue Conference teams won their opening game! Fredericktown, Maplewood R-H, Ste Genevieve, Park Hills Central & Perryville finished the night smiling! 

…Savannah Savages had a much tougher time of it than they expected as they beat an improved Grain Valley Eagle team 19-15. The Savages were a STATE semifinalist last year while the Eagles saw their #1 QB go down in the Jamboree event the week prior to this game. 

…leading scorer of the night on the East side of the STATE was Brentwood’s Jacob Clay. Clay scored 5 touchdowns in the first 3 quarters as the Eagles romped past Crystal City 61-26. Clay scored four of his TD’s on runs of 37+ yards. 

…in the “some things never seem to change” category—check out these familiar type scores–Webb City 21 Carthage 0; Valle Catholic 56 St Vincent 0 

…St Mary’s Dragons scored twice in the 4th quarter to edge Gateway STAM Jaguars 14-13. The Jags scored their 2nd TD with 2 minutes remaining but failed to convert the PAT. The PAT attempt was taken on four attempts (3 penalties) and a missed kick from the 19 yard line. Link to their schedule 

….Other 1 point games in the STATE were: St Pius (Festus) 27 So. Boone 26; Perryville 13 Sumner 12; Odessa 21 St Pius X 20 

…Collin Scott (St Clair) galloped 99 yards for a TD but the Bulldogs fell to the Washington Bluejays 26-21. The unusual total of 26 was reached, in part, due to a safety late in the 1st half when St Clair’s punter missed a snap and was tackled in the end zone. 

…QB Shane Barret (Ft Zumwalt East) had quite an opening night. He passed for 338 yards and 3 TD’s while scoring the other 2 TD’s in the 35-7 victory over Howell Central. Barrett hit on two 90 yard TD passes and a 65 yard strike in the 1st & 3rd quarters.



Rob Kodner Blog – Francis Howell North-Central Boys Basketball

Francis Howell North logo Francis Howell Central logo Kodner2011Click here for the game – It was Hall of Fame night at Francis Howell Central where the annual rivalry
with Howell North would take place between the girls and boys programs.

The boys contest would match two evenly ranked teams, both with 8 victories on
the season.  The Central Spartans started fast by taking an early 13 to 6 lead
and held on to end the first period up 16-13.  The score went back and forth in
the second quarter with six different Spartans getting into the scoring column.
For the North Knights, it was senior James Gleeson carrying the load as he put
in 16 points by halftime with North’s other high scoring senior, Terry white on
the bench with two early fouls.  Central took a 3 point lead into the second
half with Senior Justin Hayden controlling the boards and Tre Curry’s scoring.
The Spartans extended the lead to 46-40 as they headed into the final period.
Once again, Gleeson took charge for the Knights as he poured in 10 forth quarter
points.  Central was not able to score at all until the final two minutes of the
game when Blake Kreder hit a 3 pointer to put the Spartans within 2 points of
the lead.  Gleeson hit his final 4 free throws and it was the Knights who
survived and were victorious 53-50.

The Custom Shirts Graphics
players of the game were:
Howell North senior James Gleeson, who scored
26 points and had 4 rebounds –
Howell Central senior Justin hayden, who
scored 8 points and pulled down 13 rebounds – Click here for the game

Rob Kodner Blog – Francis Howell North-Central Girls Basketball

Kodner2011 Francis Howell North logo Francis Howell Central logoClick here for the game – It was Hall of Fame night at Francis Howell Central where the annual rivalry with Howell North would take place between the girls and boys programs.  In the girls game, it would match a very inexperienced Central (2-12) team that had only one senior and 5 underclassmen with a more seasoned squad at North (8-5) that had 7 seniors and 4 returning starters from last year.  Central came out of the gates and sported a 9-2 lead early in the first period, helped by the scoring of Lauren Nosal and Emma Raup.  By the end of the period, the North Knights would catch up and even the score at 11.  The confident Knights then began to pull away in the second quarter, as Maci May came off the bench to chip in 6 points.  The teams went into halftime with North on top 30-23.  The Knights extended their lead in the third period ans senior Madison Gillam controlled the game with her shooting and rebounding.  Raup tried to keep the Spartans in the game adding 7 points in the final quarter, but it was not enough as the Knights won the game 59-51.

The Custom Shirts Graphics players of the game were:

Howell North senior Madison Gillam, who had 18 points and 4 rebounds –

Howell Central Junior Lauren Nosal, who had 13 points and 6 rebounds – Click here for the game

HS Girls Basketball – Howell North 59 @ Howell Central 51

Francis Howell North logo Francis Howell Central logo CLICK TO LISTENHS Girls Basketball – Francis Howell North @ Francis Howell Central – Click here for the game

HS Boys Basketball – Howell North 53 @ Howell Central 50 – HOF

CLICK TO LISTENFrancis Howell Central logo Francis Howell North logo HS Boys Basketball – Francis Howell North @ Francis Howell Central – Click here for the game – Note: the Hall of Fame Ceremonies will be before the Boy’s Game …

HS Football – Class 6 – Rock Bridge 34 @ Howell Central 13

rock bridge logo Francis Howell Centralmic logoHS Football – Class 6 – Rock Bridge @ Francis Howell Central – Click here for the game

Bob Ryan Blog – Week Seven – Offensive Shootout sees Howell Central continue winning Ways!

Offensive Shootout sees Howell Central continue winning Ways!

In a game that saw almost 1000 yards of total offense, the Howell Central Spartans upended the Ft Zumwalt West Jaguars 56-31. The wild 2nd quarter saw 38 total points scored! It was the first win over the Jags for the Spartans in over a decade in this Gateway Athletic South Contest. Central, enjoying a terrific season as they push their record to 5-2, piled up 374 rushing yards and 172 yards through the air on the way to the win. Kendall Morris crossed the goal line four times for Howell Central while gaining 175 yards on the ground. But he wasn’t the leading rusher for the Spartans! QB Brody Allen rushed for 194 yards while passing for 172 yards (in just 6 completions–6 of 9). West QB was also outstanding. Jag Jake Strauss threw for 166 yards while running for 151 yards in the loss.  FZW gained 256 yards on the ground and 156 through the air, thus racking up 412 total yards. The fire heats up even more in the next two weeks for Howell Central. Next week, it’s Class 6, #2 ranked Francis Howell (6-1), who hasn’t been pushed by ANY Missouri team all year long. Their only loss was to Elder Ohio 34-21. In the final week of regular season, Central faces the 6-1 Jackson Indians. However, the Spartans will enjoy the win over Ft Zumwalt West and hope that the win will move them into the top ten of the STATE, Class 6 as the Jags (4-3) were ranked #10 prior to the game.