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Football Power Rankings | Week 4

September 13, 2018

Large School Rankings

 

1. CBC (3-0)

Week 3 Result: (Win) 49-7 Chaminade

Opponent Records: 2-7

Week 4 Opponent: De Smet (3-0)

 

Amazing what a great line can do. CBC led Chaminade 42-0 at halftime, put their second stringers for the second half and cruised to a 49-7 victory. These Cadets are scary good, and I’m willing to bet they’re one of the top five best teams in the Midwest and the top dogs in Missouri. Most of us already kind of thought that, but now I’m convinced. They should be pretty darn tough every game because it’s easier to retain the effectiveness of a run game compared to a passing scheme. The offense didn’t have gaudy numbers because of the defenses ability to give them short field position. They held Chaminade to 160 yards of total offense and five three-and-outs in the first half.

 

2. East St. Louis (2-1)

Week 3 Result: (Win) 34-21 Edwardsville

Opponent Records: 4-5

Week 4 Opponent: Belleville East (0-3)

 

The Flyers established a solid running game with sophomore quarterback, Tyler Macon and junior running back DaMonta Witherspoon. The duo rushed for 275 yards with a combined 17 carries. Macon also threw for 172 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Overall he gained 334 total yards against an impressive Edwardsville squad. The Flyers have no taken down two of the top five best teams in the area in two weeks and now control their destiny in the Southwestern Conference. This is a young team with a ton of potential which will only get better.

 

3. Kirkwood (3-0)

Week 3 result: (Win) 58-20 Marquette

Opponent Records: 5-4

Week 4 Opponent: Summit (1-2)

 

It’s pretty clear the Pioneers have one of the best offenses in the state. They’ve played three teams, which I think will finish with winning records and averaged 44 points. Cooper Wise was particularly impressive at quarterback last week throwing for 205 yards but was 19-for-21 through the air. He also rushed for 73 yards to add to his dual-threat ability. Mizzou commit, Maurice Massey caught seven passes for 98 yards with a touchdown. Kirkwood has an excellent running back tandem of Martez Jones II and Stefon Cameron. The combined for 205 yards on 20 carries averaging ten yards per carry. Dangerous.

 

4. Edwardsville (1-2)

Week 3 Result: (Loss) 34-21 East St. Louis

Opponent Records: 6-3

Week 4 Opponent: Waubonsie Valley (3-0)

 

So far the Tigers are 0-2 in their big games thus far. They had a decent showing against CBC putting up 45 points against them, but had a tougher time cracking East St. Louis’ nasty defense who held Trinity’s to 14 points in regulation. Kendall Abdur-Rahman recently committed to Notre Dame, so if that was looming on his mind last week now, it’s over, and he can fully focus on high school (not that it was a problem). I suspect these two losses will only make Edwardsville stronger like last year when they started out 0-3. The Tigers ended up finishing as Class 8 semifinalists.

 

5. Eureka (3-0)

Week 3 Result: (Win) 28-6 Hazelwood Central

Opponent Records: 4-5

Week 4 Opponent: Lafayette (1-2)

 

Still not quite sure what to make of Eureka. They haven’t impressed so far, and I strongly doubt even their undefeated start has flattered them. After scraping by Fort Zumwalt West and Timberland, it looks like things are starting to click a little better with a 28-6 win over Hazelwood Central. We saw the introduction to Carter Edwards who was 15-for-19 throwing with two touchdowns and an interception, however, the running game is still a question mark. They’ll be favored to beat their big-time rivals Lafayette.

 

6. Belleville West (3-0)

Week 3 Result: (Win) 34-10 Fort Zumwalt West

Opponent Records: 0-9

Week 4 Opponent: Alton (2-1)

 

As you can see, Belleville West’s schedule so far suggests they haven’t played against the toughest of competition, although Fort Zumwalt West’s record is deceiving in my opinion. That was a decent 34-10 victory over the Jaguars on the road, but I’m not so sure how good the Maroons are up to this point, and maybe they don’t. The offense has been dynamic so far. Jackson McCloskey has thrown for 575 yards with 11 touchdowns, and DJ Johnson boasts 408 rushing yards with four touchdowns. They should find out more about themselves when they travel to Alton and face a hungry Redbirds squad.

 

7. De Smet (3-0)

Week 3 Result: (Win) 35-7 SLUH

Opponent Records: 4-5

Week 4 Opponent: CBC (3-0)

 

The Spartans couldn’t have asked for a much better start. Undefeated with a convincing week one win and then upset Rock Bridge who was then the fifth-ranked team in Class 6. De Smet has now equaled the number of victories they’ve attained in the past two seasons. That would put a smile on someones like Nate Martens who is off to the best start of his career who has thrown for 537 yards with seven touchdowns. The four-star recruit has caught nine passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns Jordan Johnson. We’ll get a nice look at how good De Smet really is tomorrow as they host CBC.

 

8. Vianney (2-1)

Week 2 Result: (Win) 42-7 Helias Catholic

Opponent Records: 4-4

Week 3 Opponent: Chaminade (1-2)

 

Vianney has responded after a tough loss to Fayetteville with two blowouts over Althoff and Helias. Kyren Williams has rushed for 278 yards and caught 16 passes for 275 yards. The Golden Griffins also have bruising running back Percy Mitchell who’s rushed for 331 yards and five touchdowns. New quarterback, Griffin John has started to settle in as well throwing for 513 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions. Tough rivalry game tomorrow as they host Chaminade to start off conference play.

 

9. Ladue (3-0)

Week 2 Result: (Win) 38-7 Webster Groves

Opponent Records: 1-8

Week 4 Opponent: Parkway Central (1-2)

 

A balanced looking group led by a defense that has allowed one score in each of their three games headlined by three-star defensive end Moses Okpala. Offensively, the Rams have a decent run game with the speedy and robust half-back Andrew Hunt. Junior quarterback Henry McIntosh has thrown for over 600 yards with five touchdowns and an interception. His top targets have been three-star recruit Dale Chesson, junior Mason Player, and sophomore Marzion Cosby. With the way their defense and offense are going, Ladue is poised for another big season.

 

10. Fort Zumwalt North (3-0)

Week 3 Result: (Win) 28-14 Fort Zumwalt West

Opponent Records: 4-5

Week 4 Opponent: Wentzville (Liberty)

 

The No. 2 ranked team in the Class 5 polls; the Panthers are coming off a rugged 28-13 victory over the aforementioned Colts last week. We’ve yet to see a traditional North performance where they run wild against their opposition, but their schedule hasn’t been easy, and they’ll gladly be 3-0 regardless. The Panthers are throwing the ball more than usual thus far with Joel Hilliard completing 39-out-of-64 passes for six touchdowns and three interceptions. Izaiah Hartrup and Jaylin Vaughn each have over 100 yards on the ground. Grant Latina and Cairo Payne, their fastest player, have just under 200 receiving yards.

 

11. Francis Howell (1-2)

Week 3 Result: (Win) 49-10 Granite City

Opponent Records: 7-2

Week 4 Opponent: Francis Howell Central (0-3)

 

12. Chaminade (1-2)

Week 3 Result: (Loss) 49-7 CBC

Opponent Records: 4-5

Week 4 Opponent: Vianney (2-1)

 

13. Timberland (2-1)

Week 3 Result: (Win) 30-28 Holt

Opponent Records: 5-4

Week 4 Opponent: Fort Zumwalt South

 

14. Fox (3-0)

Week 3 Result: (Win) 22-19 Summit

Opponent Records: 5-4

Week 4 Opponent: Melhville (2-1)

 

15. Parkway West (3-0)

Week 3 Result: (Win) 33-13 Affton

Opponent Records: 3-6

Week 4 Opponent: Parkway North (0-3)

 

 

Small School Rankings

 

1. Trinity Catholic (1-2)

Week 3 Result: (Win) 36-6 DuBourg

Opponent Records: 6-4

Week 4 Opponent: Living Word Christian (2-1)

 

I think most of us agree this isn’t the start we expected out of Trinity with all of their star players. I knew Colquitt would be tough and then nobody expected the Titans to score 14 points against East St. Louis no matter how good they were. Last week’s 36-6 win over DuBourg also wasn’t part of the script. Sure it’s a victory, but the way the Titans went about it wasn’t glamorous. Isaiah Williams threw ten passes for 88 yards with no touchdowns. 12 players got a rep running the ball in the backfield with 35 total carries. So I’m willing to guess that game was more experimental than anything because the Titans struggled running the ball in their previous two games. Regardless, Trinity is now at the part of their season where everybody expects them to roll through their opposition.

 

2. Highland (3-0)
Week 3 Result: (Win)

Opponent Records: 4-5

Week 4 Opponent: Jerseyville (1-2)

 

The Bulldogs offense was in full force once again. Jack Etter threw for 272 yards with three touchdowns. Star receiver Sam LaPorta caught nine of Etter’s 15 completions for 140 yards and two touchdowns. They can run the ball too. Running back, Brady Feldmann gained 104 yards on the ground with 14 carries and two touchdowns and scored on a catch as well. Highland’s schedule is filling out and think they’re likely to finish undefeated again in the regular season. Their 21-0 win over Alton could look expensive depending on how things play out.

 

3. Lutheran North (0-3)
Week 3 Result: (Loss) 13-12 LaSalle

Opponent Records: 8-1

Week 4 Opponent: Westminster (1-2)

 

There’s a perfectly good reason why Lutheran North is still ranked high on the list: Strength of schedule. Nazareth Academy (ranked No. 2 in IHSA Class 7A), Homewood Flossmoor (ranked No. 2 in IHSA Class 8A), and LaSalle (ranked No. 10 in Ohio Division II). Inevitably, offensive production hasn’t been high for the Crusaders because of teams that good and athletic will find a way to limit the wing-t formation. Now with Metro League competition coming up, Lutheran North will be ready to get back to their winning ways.

 

4. Cardinal Ritter (3-0)
Week 3 Result: (Win) 12-10 St. Dominic

Opponent Records: 4-5

Week 4 Opponent: Helias (2-1)

 

We probably weren’t going to see another 82-0 demolition; the Lions have struggled to light up opponents in their past two games. If a couple of plays went another way then maybe they’d be 1-2. However, I think the Lions’ victories over Caholia (20-12) and St. Dominic (12-10) shows that they have a defense that’s capable of stepping up to challenge and can finish off games. They host Helias (ranked No. 10 in Class 4) tomorrow night, which I think could be their toughest game of the season along with Borgia later on. I’m excited to see Malik Hagens airing it out to the likes of Jameson Williams, Cam Coleman, and Keavion Long. This is an excellent opportunity for a breakout game.

 

5. MICDS (3-0)
Week 3 Result: (Win) 28-0 Lutheran South

Opponent Records: 4-5

Week 4 Opponent: Priory (3-0)

 

The Rams have bulldozed their way to a perfect record so far and came away impressed with a 28-0 shutout on the road to previously unbeaten Lutheran South. The hype surrounding their defense seems to be coming to fruition and keep an eye out for Henry Carpenter and Thomas Niedringhaus. Offensively, the Rams are highlighted by Tyler Purdy’s 302 rushing yards while the Bundy bros, Graham and Crawford are the leading receivers along with Niedringhaus who is turning into a stellar tight end. That brings us to freshman Reagan Andrew who’s thrown for 212 yards with two touchdowns and interceptions apiece.

 

6. Columbia (3-0)
Week 3 Result: (Win) 35-6 Salem

Opponent Records: 3-6

Week 4 Opponent: Wesclin (1-2)

 

The Eagles have landed to an undefeated start thanks in large part to their run game and defense. Donovan Bieber has rushed for 440 yards with four touchdowns, but he’s not alone. Ronnie Hunsaker had nine carries for 109 yards with two touchdowns in last week’s 35-6 victory over Salem. Additionally, fullback Londyn Little has four rushing touchdowns. He returned a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with just over a minute to play to knock off Mascoutah 36-35 in week one. The defense is led by Eli Wagner, Sam Horner, and Blake Wagner. I don’t see Columbia stopping any time soon as they have a solid season in store.

 

 

7. Lutheran St. Charles (3-0)
Week 3 Result: (Win) 27-12 Living Word Christian

Opponent Records: 5-4

Week 4 Opponent: Duchesne (1-2)

 

The young Cougars have enjoyed a relatively dominating start to their season. This is the third time in four years they’ve started out with a 3-0 record, but 2018 seems like this could be the season where Lutheran launches off into potential greatness. They’ve come out 40-18 winners on the road in Columbia at Tolton Catholic and last week beat their rivals and previously unbeaten Living Word Christian 27-12. The Cougars sport a decent run game led by Arcullous “Anthony” Heard with 447 yards and seven touchdowns. Then there’s freshman Arlen Harris Jr. who is the son of the head coach and former St. Louis Ram Arlen Harris. He has four touchdowns to go with 210 yards rushing. Heard and Robert Ford III are two big-time seniors, but for the most part, the Cougars are young and big. Look out for linemen Travion Ford, Jack Grzeskowiak, and Gabriel Rubio.

 

8. Cahokia (2-1)
Week 3 Result: (Win) 26-0 Civic Memorial

Opponent Records: 6-3

Week 4 Opponent: Marion (2-1)

 

We found out Cahokia is not to be troubled with at East St. Louis two weeks ago when they were a fourth-down touchdown pass away from potentially sending Cardinal Ritter into overtime. The Comanches return a significant majority from their 3-6 team from 2017 and are clearly improved. Malik Shaw is a small, but well-built dual-quarterback who can take a hit and then some. So far he’s thrown for 387 yards and rushed for 258. Vincent Perry at running back has rushed for 440 yards with 59 carries. Cahokia has a decent pair of fast wide receivers to go with their rushing attack in Cortez Brown Jr, Levauntez Conway, and Darian Dean. Last week they shut out previously unbeaten Civic Memorial, and so far the Comanches have a good overall team balance. They’ll make a run for the Cahokia Conference title.

 

9. Lutheran South (2-1)
Week 3 Result: (Loss) 28-0 Lutheran South

Opponent Records: 5-4

Week 4 Opponent: John Burroughs (3-0)

 

The Lancers fell back down to Earth with a 28-0 shutout by MICDS and still haven’t beaten the Rams in over 30 years. Quarterback Vito Orlando never got to establish a rhythm as he did in the previous two weeks, while the run game was silent, which could be an ongoing weakness if proper adjustments aren’t made. The Lancers will have another tough bout in the trenches as they head over to John Burroughs this Saturday to face the undefeated Bombers. Orlando, Darrick Scott, and Isaiah Wilson won’t have it easy either with Iowa State commit DJ Miller and company roaming around in the secondary. A win on the road will provide a crucial indicator for South to see what they’re made of.

 

10. Clayton (3-0)
Week 3 Result: (Win) 34-32 2OT Jennings

Opponent Records: 2-7

Week 4 Opponent: Normandy (2-1)

 

For the first time since 2004, the Greyhounds are 3-0. Do you want to know what they ended up doing that year? They only defeated Webb City in overtime to win the Class 4 state championship. I doubt the Greyhounds are thinking about a state championship right now, which would be foolish as they should take things one game at a time, but they have to be feeling on cloud nine. Tyler Sucher has thrown for over 800 yards, including 378 last week in their 34-32 double-overtime victory against Jennings. He now has ten touchdowns and five interceptions. Reese Barnett has 20 catches for 397 yards and five touchdowns. Robert Miles has caught 15 passes with 274 yards and five touchdowns as well. Now, Clayton hasn’t exactly played the toughest of schedules, but with a strong passing game, they can cause a lot of trouble for opponents.

 

11. Freeburg (3-0)
Week 3 Result: (Win) 28-0 Breese Central

Opponent Records: 3-6

Week 4 Opponent: Mater Dei (3-0)

 

12. St. Dominic (2-1)
Week 3 Result: (Loss) 12-10 Cardinal Ritter

Opponent Records: 5-4

Week 4 Opponent: Tolton Catholic (1-2)

 

13. John Burroughs (3-0)
Week 3 Result: (Win) 28-7 Westminster

Opponent Records: 3-5

Week 4 Opponent: Lutheran South (2-1)

 

14. Living Word Christian (2-1)
Week 3 Result: (Loss) 27-12 Lutheran St. Charles

Opponent Records: 4-5

Week 4 Opponent: Trinity (1-2)

 

15. St. Mary's (1-2)
Week 3 Result: (Win) Normandy 36-8

Opponent Records: 4-5

Week 4 Opponent: Borgia (3-0)

 

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