CODASCO football is back where it belongs. Since 2016, the Rams have re-established themselves as one of the premier small schools in the St. Louis area with a combined 31-8 record. Head coach Matt Buha enters his fifth season at the helm and along with his exceptional staff they should have the Rams ready to go for another winning season after coming off a Class 4 state runner-up finish in 2018.
Quarterback: Reagan Andrew (1,708 passing yards, 17 TDs, 8 INTs)
Running Backs: Garrison Moody (312 yards, 76 carries, 5 TDs), Nate Smith (177 yards, 28 carries, 2 TDs)
Wide Receivers: Crawford Bundy (20 catches, 344 yards, 4 TDs),
Linemen: Luke Bernstein (6-6, 230), Will Kacmarek (6-5, 230) Raphael Sowah, Gerald Bentley
Linebackers: Joe Condie (107 tackles, 1 sack, 2 INTs), Jaylen Pace (49 tackles, 1 INT)
Perhaps not the highest-rated freshman last year, but undeniably the most significant ninth grade impact in the state of Missouri was Reagan Andrew at quarterback. He gained 2,038 total yards and racked up 23 total touchdowns while leading his team to the state championship game. A feat very few 14-15 olds can say. Now he’s a sophomore and will only get better. Expect to see massive production out of Nate Smith along with Moody. Smith is quite possibly the best athlete on the team and Crawford (the youngest Bundy) is right behind him. Why MICDS will continue to win is because they return four of their five starting offensive linemen from a 13-win team, including Bernstein (6-6, 230) who is an all-stater and has received D1 attention. Kacmarek (6-5, 230) will be back after being saddled for more than half of last season due to an arm injury. The Rams lost a great senior class but still return enough defensively, especially in their front seven. Look for Condie and Pace to wreak havoc.
Diagnosis: Weaknesses: 1) Depth. 2) Team speed. They had 39 players on their roster last, which is not so bad nowadays, but still, in Class 4 terms, it’s not great. Then speed is an issue after graduating most of their best athletes. Now here’s the much better good news: The Rams will out-coach and out-execute most of their opponents, and you’d rather rebuild on speed than strength. The Rams have plenty of muscle to pave the way for Smith, Moody, and Andrew. It’ll be interesting to see how Reagan follows up his remarkable freshman year and establish himself as potentially, flat out one of the better QB’s in St. Louis. He’s smart and speedy: a deadly combination. Nobody outside the MICDS locker room will give them a shot against Lutheran North in the always competitive Metro League, but we could see an exact repeat of last year record-wise, but even now that’s difficult to quantify. Nonetheless, we’re expecting big things out of the Rams. Oh, and by the way, 13-1 at Ron Holtman Stadium.