Now things get interesting for the Ladue-Frontenac-Olivette area football teams.
Ladue goes to Affton tonight, 7 p.m. kickoff and the Cougars have just one win. The (5-0) Burroughs Bombers go into the meat grinder portion of their schedule with a 1 p.m. kickoff Saturday at Westminster Christian Academy. Reeling MICDS meets Lutheran North Saturday at their place, kickoff is 1 p.m.
Here’s a sneak peak at the weekend action:
(3-2) Ladue at (1-4) Affton, Friday, 7 p.m.
Mike Tarpey has helped the Rams find their mo jo. After getting demolished by a gritty McCluer team, the Rams won Home Coming 42-14 over Normandy. The Rams look often to younger players to stand in,
Junior quarterback Matthew Hooper is a 43 percent passes, recording 477 yards, 4 TDs and 5 interceptions.
He has lots of receivers in Chase Lambie, 5 catches, 117 yards, 1 TD; Adehkeem Brown, 101 yards, and Sam Glancy, 6 catches, 85 yards, 1 TD.
Running back Marcellis Wade has 337 yards and 5 TDs.
Ladue's coach Mike Tarpey was just happy to see his Rams bounce back from that 42-6 loss to McCluer. "Four turnovers don't help matters. We're just happy we bounced back against Normandy. We are playing a lot of juniors, and our team is feeling good about the way we are progressing," said the coach.
Defensively, two-way stalwart Chris Boudoures (center and linebacker) leads the Rams with 39 tackles.
Ladue has been dominating the Cougars of late.
The Cougars only win was 39-22 over Windsor. They have lost to Duchesne, Clayton, Normandy and McCluer-Berkeley South.
Quarterback Jonah Boyd is a 38 percent passer (127 yards, 1 TD, 4 interceptions).
Demontry Patrick leads a limited offense, rushing for 249 yards and 2 TDs.
Defensively, look for the play of junior linebacker Alex Gardner with 44 tackles.
Saturday, Sept 29
(5-0) John Burroughs at (4-1) Westminster, kickoff 1 p.m.
This is where it gets interesting for the Bombers. After a week off, they host 4-1 Clayton Oct. 13 followed by an Oct. 19 game at (4-1) Maplewood.
Everyone on this planet knows about Ezekiel Elliott. He’s rushed for 23 TDs, 813 yards; (15.9 yards per touch). Junior transfer quarterback Nick Duncan has been steady with 51 completions for 813 yards and 18 TDs.
Senior receiving star Foye Oluokun still needs a break out game. He has 7 catches for 149 yards and 1 TD, 21.3 yards per catch.
Duncan likes to spot Peter Schnuck (3 TDs) and Andrew Bartnett (3 TDs) for his aerials.
Defensively, the ring leader is linebacker Christian Bledsoe, 41 tackles, 7 assists, 48 total tackles. Schnuck has 26 tackles and defensive back Trevor Bain has 28 tackles.
Westminster has claimed wins over Wheaton Academy, MICDS, Lutheran’s North and South and lost to Priory, 49-14.
Quarterback Brett Bond is a 60 percent passer in a limited capacity. Mostly, the Wildcats rush the ball with Alex Rideout leading the pack with 213 yards and 5 TDs.
(1-4) MICDS at (0-5) Lutheran North, kickoff 1 p.m.
All Rams players could say after a 55-7 drubbing by rival John Burroughs is someday, they will be on the winning end of this great series.
One quarterback needs to step up and take over. Shane Combs has passed for 287 yards and 3 TDs, while sub Clayton Buddemeyer is a 57 percent passer in a limited role.
The Rams are a 2 man rush attack: Denzel Conway, 467 yards, 3 TDs, (6.1 yards per carry) and Cole Sigmund has lugged the leather for 170 yards.
Sigmund leads the defense with 43 tackles and Sam Hahn has 38.
Lutheran North has absorbed losses in a brutal schedule against Clayton, Priory, Westminster, Burroughs and Lutheran South. They lost to South, 62-52 in a shootout.
Receiver/linebacker Anthony Virdure is the real deal. He has 9 TDs, 812 yards rushing and (23.0 yards per catch). Defensively, he leads the Crusaders with 29 tackles.
Quarterback Justin Baker is a 51 percent passer with 1,254 yards and 10 strikes.