Too much laundry on the field … by Kevin O’Connell

IMG_1687Just When You Think You’ve Seen It All
No matter how many games you’ve seen at any level, high school-college-or pro, a play, a possession, or a call always seems to come along that you’ve never seen before. For many of us, it was last Friday night in the Hazelwood Central vs Lafayette game. Here’s the setting.
It’s the first quarter, no score, and Hazelwood East with the ball. Lafayette intercepts a pass and it’s first and goal at the 5 yard line.1st down Lafayette runs for 3 yards. Second down, another run play, lose a yard, so now it’s 3rd down and 3 for the score. QB Trevor McMurray roles right and throws back into the middle to #28, Matt Welby. In unison, the chant “TOUCHDOWN” goes up as the crowd reacts. Unfortunately, something else went up also. That would be a penalty flag. The crowd anxiously awaits the call. Suddenly, to what seemed to be the surprise of the masses, the signal for “Ineligible Player Downfield” against Lafayette was given, making it 4th and goal. I’m relatively sure someone somewhere has seen ineligible man downfield called on a 3rd and goal play from the 3 yard line, but I’d never seen it or heard it, nor had many of the fans at the game. So in comes the field goal team to settle for a 3 point attempt. The snap is down, the kick is up, and the kick is good.
But wait!! Can this be? There’s a flag on the play and Hazelwood East is being called for a personal foul, “Roughing the Kicker”. We all know what that means, don’t we? It’s now Lafayette ball,1st and goal from the 10 yard line. Points are being taken off the board. Once again, after 2 plays, it’s 3rd and 6 from the 6 and many of us that are old enough hear Yogi Berra whisper “it’s deja vue all over again”. This time QB Trevor McMurray hands off to #33 Taylor Grimm who makes two cuts and ends up in the end zone. TOUCHDOWN! NO FLAGS! Extra point is good!  After 2 first and goals on the same possession, 7 plays from scrimmage, and some time off the clock, Lafayette leads 7-0.
NOTE: According to what I could find in the rule book, linemen are limited to 2 yards from the line of scrimmage and the ball was placed on the 3 yard line. There must have been a lineman burst to the end zone for a block, a pic, or to initiate the celebration. Joint congratulations go out on this one. First to a very keen eye for detail on the part of the penalty called, and second to the Lafayette Lancers for overcoming what was legitimate adversity and walking away with a score. I’d love to hear anyone else’s understanding of the rule, particularly if you are, or have been a Referee.

District Champion Night

Bob-RyanDistrict Championship Night saw many come-back rallies that led to victory. Yes…there were some real lopsided victories but the suspense of these rallies ruled the night….

….At Jackson, Vianney jumped to a 35-3 halftime lead. Nolan Snyder had 3 TD receptions and the Golden Griffins seemed “in charge”. The 2nd half started without much fanfare as the Indians punted on their first two possessions. Then the explosion started! Scoring on their next 3 possessions and a total of 36 unanswered points, Jackson prevails 39-35. All of the 2nd half TD’s were passes from Jeremy Elliot who piled up 478 passing yards with his 5 TD passes. This offensive-filled game saw Vianney generate 408 yards (254-passing; 154-rushing). Watch this thrilling REPlay—

…Behind 26-7 at half, a perennial Class 5 powerhouse, Ft Osage remained calm in the locker room as they “kept the course” against a fired up Winnetonka team. The Griffins (8-3) had piled up an incredible 276 yards while building their lead over the Indians. The 2nd half saw a different Ft Osage team. Scoring on their 1st possession of the 2nd half as Skylar Thompson scored on a 10 yard run, the tide seemed to begin to turn. Early in the 4th, Jonah Tuimaseve intercepted a slant pass to took it all the down to the 3 yard line. It was punched over – score now 26-21. On the next possession and with a short field, the Indians controlled the LOS and scored again to take a 29-26 lead. But…it wasn’t over…the Griffins marched deep into Indian territory with an impressive drive. Again the Indian defense made the play. Josh Tuimaseve picked up a fumble that was forced by his brother, and rambled 80 yards down the field to put the icing on the 36-26 victory. Ft Osage outscored the Griffins 29-0 in the 2nd half!

..btw….Prepcasts will hold their 2nd annual Road to the Dome – leading up to this weekend’s games. You’ll hear from Coaches in all six classifications in the next 3 weeks with the first presentation this Thursday at 7:00pm. Enjoy and learn about these STATE tournament teams directly from their coaches! Click this link to listen to the SHOW …


…Trailing 28-6 at half and still on the short end of a 28-13 score at the end of 3 quarter, the Ladue Rams looked to be in deep trouble against the Webster Groves Statesman (7-2). The 4th quarter saw the “Rally Magic” of the night! Ladue’s Daylen Edwards 14 yard TD scamper at the 10:34 mark cut the deficit to 28-17—still 2 scores. With 7:39 left in the game, the momentum really turned as Mario Whitley scored on a blocked punt from 45 yards out. Finally with only 36 seconds left in the game, Jack Fox shocked everyone as he raced in for the score from 37 yards out to give Ladue their only lead of the game 34-28.  Listen to the REPlay …

…behind 21-7 to Blue Springs, the Rockhurst Hawklets knew that they had an uphill climb. After all, the Wildcats were the 2X defending Class 6 Champions. Rockhurst scored 21 straight points to grab a 28-27 lead. This game was far from over. With 6:51 left in the game Cobi Bissell punched in a 1 yard TD run to cut the lead to 28-27. After a Hawklet penalty on the PAT, Blue Springs went for the 2 point conversion. QB Ian Brown rolled out, saw nothing he liked so he ducked into the end zone to give the Wildcats the 29-28 lead. At this point, Rockhurst turned in over to Jr. AJ Taylor. The running back had been told during the week to expect a heavy dose of work. He led the Hawklets down the field with run after run. It came down to a 4th & goal with 2:16 left. Taylor plunged over left tackle. In the officials view, he had crossed the goal line (barely) for the winning TD. Rockhurst wins 34-29. This epic battle came down to an inch—one way or the other—what a great game! Remember, Rockhurst’s only loss was in week 1 to undefeated Class 4 Champ-Webb City.

Some rallies fell just short…

…in the Class 5, District 6 Championship game, Carthage piled up a 35-6 halftime lead over Williard. Tiger QB Alex Derryberry had 4 TD tosses in the first half. The 2nd half was completely opposite. Both teams moved the ball up and down the field. It was really wild—punts were a foreign object! When Williard scored with just under 2:30 left, the Williard Tigers had cut the lead to 48-47! Williard decided to go for 2 points and the win. Cathage made a diving tackle to save the 2-point conversion and Carthage prevailed 48-47! There was plenty of offense for each side-Carthage had 487 total yards while Williard finished with 459.

…Cape Central never trailed. The opening kickoff return saw Al Young scamper 90 yards for the TD. However, the quick striking Tigers had a genuine battle with the Hillsboro Hawks. Cape also scored quickly on their 1st drive of the 2nd half to build a 28-14 lead. Hillsboro answered—the Hawks assembled a 13 play drive when Chris Walsh scored his 3rd TD of the game to make it 28-21. Central came right back with a scoring drive of their own to stretch the lead back to 35-21 late in the 3rd quarter. Hawks running back Trey Terry’s 41 yard gallop highlighted the Hawks next drive which again cut it to a 7 point margin 35-28. Each team scored again on their next possession so now it was 42-35, Cape Central. Finally, on the final play of the game, Hillsboro’s Sam Mock’s pass fell incomplete to end this thrilling game. Taking a page out of the past, Hillsboro did it all on the ground—400 yards on 66 carries and 0 for 3 in the passing game!

…not a monumental number like some of the earlier scores, the California Pintos (#2 rated, 12-0) needed late heroics to upend the #8 team in STATE, the Blair Oaks Falcons. After a back-forth first half with the lead changing hands frequently, at the 7:38 of the 4th, the Pintos took their first lead since the 2nd quarter as Jaden Barr connected with Landon Mouse on a 20 yard TD strike. Blair Oaks came right back and scored in just four plays when QB Jordan Hair hit C.J.Closser for a 36 yard TD pass with just 6:11 left in the game. California then started its 11 play drive that culminated when Jose Magana kicked his career FIRST FG with only 1:25 left from 35 yards out! The Pintos advance with the 32-30 victory.

…some explosive offensive machines clicked ahead

…Kirkwood steamrolled Lafayette 56-9 … Click here for that REPlay … while CBC manhandled long-time foe, Hazelwood Central 45-0. Click here for that REPlay …     This sets up a terrific Class 6 semifinal matchup.

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Week 3 – Lightning & Thunder – Bob Ryan Review

Bob-RyanOn this Friday night, the East side of the STATE saw many games postponed due to a strong storm that brought lightning and thunder through the area. However, there was other forms of lightning & thunder on this night…

….in Warrenton, there was a rumble that have never been heard previously…the Warrenton Warriors (3-0) beat the Washington Bluejays (1-2) for the FIRST TIME in the history of the two schools. The 14-6 victory, sandwiched between a 30 minute rain delay and a deluge just as the game concluded. This exciting game that saw momentum blow from side to side included a Warrenton fumble on the 1 yard line, a Bluejay extra-point out of the swinging gate fail.

…. That explosion that you heard in Brentwood isn’t any storm, it’s the Brentwood Eagles being led by Jacob Clay. The Eagles pounded Sumner 67-20 to raise their record to 3-0. Jacob Clay scored 4 more TD’s to elevate his total to 13 for the season (none have been scored in the 4th quarter all year). He has rushed for 707 yards and is averaging over 18 yards/carry!

…that late lightning you saw was at Marquette HS. The Jackson Indians scored twice in the final 1:41 of the game to upend the Mustangs 22-14. In a game delayed approximately 2 hours, turnovers led to both of the late TD by the Indians. The #2, Class 5 team raised their mark to 3-0.

…the constant blast of thunder was found when two unbeaten teams, East Buchanon and W.Platte, had a real shootout– E.Buchanon 50 W. Platte 36. Bulldog Jr QB Colby Rapp shredded the Bluejays defense for 406 passing yards and 3 touchdown tosses.

…despite waiting until Saturday morning to play, there was a late, very late, lightning bolt strike at Parkway North. As the time expired, Parkway Central’s Michael Rembold booted a 39 yard FG to lead the Colts to a hard-fought 17-14 over the Vikings.

….at the end of 3 quarters at Kirkwood, it was tied at 21-21 between the Pioneers and the Lafayette Lancers. Suddenly, it poured down Pioneer points! Racing to a 27 point outburst in the final quarter, Kirkwood won 48-21 in a terrific non-conference matchup.

…at Bentonville Ark, the calm before the final thunder came very late in the game. When Bentonville scored with 39 seconds to bring the Tigers within a single point against Rockhurst 17-16. Tigers Coach had to make a decision! Everyone waited as Coach Barry Lunney made up his mind. He decided to go for two points since there are no overtimes allowed in Arkansas when you play an out-state opponent. He didn’t want to play for a tie. The pass failed so Rockhurst (2-1) went back home with a tough win. Win or lose…great call by Coach!

…there was plenty of electricity in the air, but not in the power box as the game was delayed a few minutes. Once the lights came on, it was a thrilling Ozark conference game between two 2-0 teams. The defending champions Kickapoo and the talented Joplin Eagle team. The explosion of big plays just kept coming in the Chiefs 48-42 OT win over the Eagles. While Kickapoo’s Tony Grant crossed the goal line FIVE times. This game came down to the last seconds. Scoring with 8 seconds remaining, Joplin wanted to go for two points and the win. Some confusion resulted in a delay of game penalty so the PAT tied it at 42-42. Joplin didn’t score on their 1st possession in OT but Grant plunged in from a yard out for the winner.


… MICDS scored 14 points in last quarter including a 22 yard reception by Harry Wellford from Jordan Jackson with just 0:14 seconds left to edge Lutheran South 20-14 

…Pacific’s (2-1) Eain Roberts 4 yard run with only 2:42 left was the difference as the Pacific Indians outlasted St. Clair Bulldogs 20-18                                                                          

 …scoring the last 20 points of the game, D.T. Christiansen (O’Fallon Christian) raced 16 yards with only 2:03 left in the game to provide the Eagles with a 27-26 victory over the Trinity Titans.

Click here for previous NEWS articles by Bob … and scroll down.



Week 3 Preview: Hazelwood Central (2-0) at Eureka (2-0)

Tyler PosloskyWeek 3 Preview: Hazelwood Central (2-0) at Eureka (2-0) – Click here for the game …


Eureka will be revved up for its home opener tonight against Class 6 powerhouse Hazelwood Central. Both teams reached the state semifinals last season with Eureka losing to Blue Springs and Hazelwood Central falling to Rock Bridge.  

Both teams enter the tilt with identical 2-0 records on the season. However, the Hawks will be without STL Top 30 and senior running back Kevin Batt, who suffered a broken foot in the second half of last week’s game against Lafayette and will be out for the season.  

“It hurts because [Kevin] was a heck of a football player,” Hawks’ head coach Van Vanatta said. “We’re going to find out where we’re at this week.” 

Batt, who stands 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds, was the staple of Central’s offense last season as a junior. He was on his way to another promising season before going down. Over the last two weeks, Batt rushed for a combined 347 yards and four touchdowns, an average of over 10 yards per carry.  

Despite the devastating blow, Vanatta will stay the course. Changing offensive philosophy isn’t in the fold.  

“Even without Kevin it’s 60 percent run, 40 percent pass,” Vanatta said. “It’s not going to change up what we do. We’re going to continue to move forward.” 

Senior Jordan Moody, who transferred from Francis Howell North, will replace Batt in the backfield. Moody has 20 carries for 160 yards to his credit this season. Vanatta is more than confident Moody can get the job done.  

“He knows the playbook,” Vanatta said. “We’re really not missing a beat. It’s just going to be can we continue to keep doing the other things we do and keep our production up right now.” 

Central, perhaps one of the most dangerous offenses in the state, utilizes its other weapons by spreading the ball all over the field.  

Senior quarterback Mike Glass has thrown four touchdowns and rushed for two. Receivers Xavier Sneed, Jordan Croft and Dominique Johnson are also capable of making big plays.  

By the same token, this bout will be no cakewalk for the Hawks. The Wildcats are poised, physical and downright tough to play against.  

Headed by their 11 senior starters on defense, the Wildcats get after the quarterback and fly to the ball. They held Oakville to less than 100 total offensive yards last week.  

Senior quarterback Brett Geisz is hard to bring down. He extends plays and has good speed when he decides to tuck it and run. Geisz threw four touchdowns last week and rushed for 59 yards. Receivers Bobby Saunders and Cam Nesbet always seem to shake off defenders and create space in the open field.  

“They’re a good football team all the way around,” Vanatta said of this week’s opponent. “They fly to the football defensively … they tackle well. They’ve got a spread offense … they’re wide open. They’re very good at attacking defenses, hitting you where you’re not.”  

Eureka High School will be packed come kickoff, which is scheduled for 7 p.m.  Click here for all the action … 

Vanatta said it will be a fight to the final whistle.  

“It’s a fun place to play,” he said. “They’re gonna have a huge crowd, home opener. They’re capable of hurting you. It’s going to be a hard-nosed battle. It’s going to be the team that makes the least mistakes [that wins].”




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.



The Rockwood Sports Network Starts with a Bang

Tyler PosloskyWith 22 seconds remaining in the game, the Eureka defense denied Lafayette of a game-tying two-point conversion, and the Wildcats triumphed 17-15 Friday night in front of a jam-packed crowd at Lafayette High School.

Both offenses struggled in the early stages of the tilt, failing to find any rhythm, much less consistency.

The Lancers struck first thanks to bad snap on a late-first quarter punt attempt by Eureka.

On fourth and long from inside their own 40 yard line, Eureka deep snapper Mason Brooks fired a high snap that sailed over the head of punter Bo Highful.

Lafayette recovered, and moments later Cameron Scales threw his first touchdown pass of the season. The extra-point attempt was no good, but the Lancers had a 6-0 lead.

Eureka answered the bell on its next possession when Brett Geisz connected with Bobby Saunders for a long touchdown, giving the visitors a 7-6 lead.

Highful extended the Wildcats’ lead to 10-6 with a 44-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Geisz extended the lead with a two-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to make it a 17-6 game.

The Lancers rallied with a 35-yard field goal from Jake Reynolds, then drove the length of the field in the final two minutes to make it a two-point game.

But the Wildcats stuffed Scales’ from the 2-yard line in the waning seconds to seal the victory.

Both teams combined for 20 penalties for nearly 200 yards. Eureka was penalized 12 times for 140 yards in a game that lasted over three hours.  Check out the replay …

Eureka plays at Oakville next Friday. The Tigers play at Parkway South Saturday. Lafayette (0-1) takes on Hazelwood Central next Saturday.

The Rockwood Sports Network returns this fall to

ROCKWODDSPORTNETWORKWE are pleased to welcome back for a third year The Rockwood Sports Network.  The plan again this year is to cover Rockwood Schools when they matchup in Girls Volleyball, Football, Girls Basketball and Boys Basketball.  All of these events will be video streamed.

Last year The Rockwood Sports Network included nearly 20 different games including many State Playoff Games.  Please visit the website for the scheduled games coming soon in Volleyball and Football.  You can also go to The Rockwood Sports Network page to see past games from previous seasons.  Then just click on your school EurekaLafayetteMarquetteRockwood Summit.

As a bonus, many of the Rockwood School Teams will also be featured when they play other School Partners, so please check the home page schedule often.

The first RSN games are: in football … Eureka @ Lafayette on 8/22/14 and in volleyball … Summit @ Eureka on 8/27/14.  The first appearance for Marquette will be when they travel to Northwest for an audio event in football on 8/29/14.

Archive! – May 15 – HS Boys Volleyball – Class 4 – District 3 – Parkway South vs Lafayette

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Archive! – May 15 – HS Boys Volleyball – Class 4 – District 3 – Mehlville vs Lafayette

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Archive! – May 15 – HS Boys Volleyball – Class 4 – District 3 – Francis Howell North vs Lafayette

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