How SBLive’s Top 25 Missouri high school football teams fared in Week 8: One of state’s longest win streaks comes to end as Odessa falls to Excelsior Springs

By Chris Geinosky

Here’s how the Top 25 Missouri high school football teams fared in Week 8 action …

1. Christian Brothers College (7-1) beat Rockhurst 41-10

After jumping out to a 28-3 lead in the first quarter, the Cadets put it on cruise control as they finished with 531 yards of total offense. Quarterback Patrick Heitert completed 16-of-22 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns, and Jeremiyah Love rushed for 169 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries.

2. Jackson (8-0) beat Cardinal Ritter 28-8

Playing through a steady rain in St. Louis on Thursday night, the high-powered Indians struggled to gain their footing and trailed 8-7 with three minutes left in the first half. However, Jackson was able to recover and knock off Cardinal Ritter for the second time in three weeks because of a strange scheduling issue.

3. Liberty North (6-1) beat Lee’s Summit West 38-14

Lee’s Summit West scored on the game’s first possession, but it was all Liberty North the rest of the night as the Eagles scored 35 unanswered points through the middle stages of the game. Cayden Arzola (17 carries for 100 yards and one touchdown) and Micah Jo Barnett (14-76-2) provided a strong 1-2 rushing punch.

4. Lee’s Summit North (7-1) beat Park Hill 38-0

After dropping their first game of the season a week ago against Liberty North, the Broncos bounced back in a big way with a shutout against Park Hill. Lee’s Summit North outgained the Trojans 361-110, led by quarterback Tre Baker, who finished with a passing line of 13-of-19 for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

5. De Smet Jesuit (6-2) beat St. Louis University High 48-21

Chris Cotton had a night he will never forget. The Spartans junior quarterback accounted for seven total touchdowns as he passed for four scores and rushed for three, leading De Smet to the program’s fourth consecutive victory against Metro Catholic rival SLUH.

6. Carthage (8-0) beat Republic 35-14

Head coach Jon Guidie earned his 150th career victory with the Carthage football program with this week’s victory against Republic. Superstar Luke Gall raced for a 47-yard touchdown run the first time he touched the football and went for 53- and 55-yarders in the second half. Oh, and he passed for a TD as well.

7. Smithville (7-0) was idle

A COVID quartentine by Ruskin left the Warriors without a Week 8 opponent, despite their efforts to find a replacement throughout the week.

8. Holt (8-0) beat Francis Howell Central 54-6

It turned out to be a memorable night for the Indians as they made team history by clinching the Gateway Athletic Conference South Division Football Championship for the first time ever. Holt lit up the scoreboard with 48 points in the first half alone, more than it scored in either of the past two games.

9. Lebanon (7-1) lost to Rolla 28-20

The Yellowjackets see their hopes of an outright Ozark Conference title slip away after suffering their first loss of the season at Rolla. Trailing all night, Lebanon closed a double-digit lead to eight with 11 minutes left in the game but never got the ball back.

10. MICDS (8-0) beat St. Dominic 47-13

The Rams celebrated their “Paint It Pink” Cancer Awareness Game by reaching the 40-point plateau for the seventh time in eight tries this season. MICDS has won 15 of its last 16 games, the lone loss coming in last year’s state title game.

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11. Nixa (7-1) beat Carl Junction 49-21

After last week’s big win against Webb City, the Eagles came out sluggish. Nixa fell behind 7-0 in the first quarter, and the score was tied at 14 in the second quarter before the Eagles finally started to take over.

12. Francis Howell (7-1) beat Timberland 56-38

Jaylen Pearson opened the scoring with a 30-yard touchdown run only 33 seconds into the game, and that opened the floodgates for a 27-0 lead. Francis Howell has never lost to Timberland in 11 tries since the series started.

13. Joplin (7-1) beat Branson 21-16

The Eagles’ defense came up with the play of the night in a bounce-back win. With Joplin clinging to a 19-16 lead late in the fourth quarter, Brayden Thomas iced the victory with a quarterback sack that went for a safety. 

14. Hannibal (8-0) beat Marshall 55-0

The Pirates put the finishing touches on a perfect run through the North Central Missouri Conference. AJ Thomas ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries while Aneyas Williams added 86 yards and three touchdowns.

15. Lamar (8-0) beat Seneca 41-0

It’s hard to believe, but this marks just the second shutout of the season for the dominating Tigers – and their first since opening night. But keep in mind that Lamar has won all eight games this season by 24 points or more.

16. St. Mary’s (St. Louis) (6-1) beat Trinity (Ken.) 22-19

The Dragons went on the road to Louisville and took down reigning Kentucky 6A state champion Trinity, a team that was coming off a 33-32 victory against Cincinnati’s St. Xavier, the No. 10 team in the nation according to USA Today.

17. West Plains (7-1) beat Waynesville 56-0

Since suffering their lone loss of the season to Lebanon two weeks ago, the Zizzers have been firing on all cylinders as they outscored their last two opponents (Parkview and Waynesville) by a combined 113-12.

18. Park Hill South (8-0) beat Lee’s Summit 34-27 (OT)

After trialing for a large portion of the second half, the Panthers needed a Nathan Ricco touchdown pass to tie the score at 27 with less than two minutes left in regulation, and they won it with another Ricco TD throw in overtime.

19. Hazelwood Central (7-1) lost to Lindbergh 21-14

Coming into this week, the Hawks had been averaging nearly 45 points per contest, scoring at least 40 points in five of their first seven games. They could only muster 14 this week, in what turned out to be their first loss of the season. 

20. Valle Catholic (8-0) beat Westminster Christian Academy 51-14

Eight games. Eight straight mercy-rule, running-clock victories. Simply put, it’s been utter dominance by the Warriors. Bryce Giesler scored three touchdowns for Valle Catholic in this latest blowout.

21. Odessa (7-1) lost to Excelsior Springs 36-20

One of the state’s longest win streaks comes to an end. Odessa had won 33 consecutive regular-season games and 43 of the last 45 overall – the two losses being a playoff loss in 2018 and last year’s season-ending COVID forfeit.

22. Raymore-Peculiar (6-2) beat No. 23 Liberty 49-17

Ray-Pec exploded for a single-game, season-high 49 points as Nick Karr rushed 17 times for 191 yards and two touchdowns, and Jaidyn Doss went for 110 yards and two touchdowns on only five carries.

23. Liberty (5-3) lost to No. 22 Raymore-Peculiar 49-17

Liberty trailed only 22-17 at halftime, but the Blue Jays were outscored 27-0 in the second half. Star running back Wentric Williams III was limited to 105 yards and one touchdown on 23 attempts.

24. Helias Catholic (7-1) beat Sedalia Smith-Cotton 35-3

Make it seven-consecutive victories since a season-opening loss for the red hot and reigning Class 4 state champion Crusaders, who made it back-to-back undefeated championships in the Central Missouri Activities Conference.

25. Eureka (7-1) beat Mehlville 40-0

Quarterback Carson Smith threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in a mercy-rule blowout, highlighted by a 61-yard TD pass to Brady Flanagan in the first quarter and a 67-yarder to Mason Meyer in the third.

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