There's a couple of interesting things going on locally in football.
First of all, its Yom Kippur in the Jewish faith so all the local teams have games Thursday night at 7 p.m., ahead of worship services Friday night at sunset.
Also, MICDS and Ladue have to avoid the temptation of looking ahead to their Oct. 15th showdown (Ladue at MICDS 1 p.m.).
Both Ladue and Burroughs feature two of the most prolific ground gainers in St. Louis. That would be the Bombers Ezekiel Elliott and Ladue's Deavin Edwards.
Burroughs at Lutheran South, 7 p.m.
Elliott has rushed for 780 yards and 14 TDs, fourth best in the area. He should have a clear path against 2-3 Lutheran South. The Bombers, 5-1 are featuring good balance with senior QB Davey Holmes hitting on 65 percent of his passes (60 of 92 for 875 yards and 15 TDs. His favorite target is Nathan Adams who has caught 26 balls for 387 yards and 5 TDs.
The Bombers buried Ste. Genevieve this past Saturday, 41-21.
Christian Bledsoe and Sam Hefler are tied with tackles with 38 apiece.
Lutheran South owns victories over Principia 41-14 and Brentwood last week, 46-0.
Tuskam Figaro leads the Lancer ground game with 428 yards and 9 TDs.
MICDS vs Lutheran North at SLUH, 7 p.m.
The Rams look to extend the winning streak to seven, they are currently ranked 4th in Class 4 in Missouri.
Thomas Militello fired five TD strikes Saturday in the drubbing of Priory 35-7. He's a 69 percent passer with 1,199 yards and 15 six pointers.
His favorite target is 6-foot-3 senior Jack Howell. He's made 25 catches for 429 yards.
The rush game is in the hands mostly of A.J. Washington and Michael Scherer. Washington has 470 yards and 6 TDs. Scherer has 458 yards on the ground and 8 TDs. As a linebacker, Scherer is the Rams' top tackler with 28 tackles, 12 assists for 40 points.
Mike Russell has returned to guide the Crusaders. His team was drilled by Burroughs 53-16 and blanked Principia Saturday 41-0.
The Crusader's quarterback is Glenn Bradford with 837 yards and 11 TDs.
Ryan Moore has rushed for 540 yards and 10 TDS.
Ladue at Duchesne, 7 p.m.
The Rams are on a rampage, having run off four straight wins after two opening season loses. Most of that is attributed to the ground game of Deavin Edwards. He's got 15 TDs, 10 in the last three weeks. Edwards has rushed for 1,021 yards, averaging almost 11 yards per carry.
Senior quarterback Brandon Carr is a 51 percent passer, good for 931 yards and 8 TDs. He likes to throw to lanky Jehu Chesson who has 352 yards but just 3 TDs.
"This is a non conference game. We still don't have Shawn Whitley or Daylen Dean back from injuries. We think both will be ready for MICDS next week," said coach Mike Tarpey.
The 2-4 struggling Pioneers feature quarterback Rick Leach (697 yards and 6 TDs) and the running of Mike Deluvia, 373 yards and Chad Sam with 5 TDs.