By Chris Geinosky
Here’s how the Top 25 Missouri high school football teams fared in Week 9 action …
1. Christian Brothers College (8-1) beat Edwardsville (Ill.) 48-21
Quarterback Patrick Heitert connected with Jeremiah McClellan for two long touchdown passes, the second a 95-yarder that gave the Cadets a 31-7 lead shortly after halftime. Dylan Van rushed for a pair of touchdowns, and Jeremiyah Love and Heitert also scored on the ground for CBC, winners of eight straight games heading to the postseason.
2. Jackson (9-0) beat O’Fallon (Ill.) 31-10
For the fourth season in a row, the Indians finish undefeated through the regular season, making it an amazing run for this year’s seniors. Quarterback Cameron Marchi tossed three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to break open a tightly contested game that was tied at 7 at the end of the third.
3. Liberty North (7-1) beat Blue Springs South 27-0
On the strength of the defense’s first shutout of the season, the Eagles put the finishing touches on an undefeated run through the Greater Kansas City Suburban Gold Conference, this year’s premier league in the state. Blue Springs South mustered only 121 yards and eight first downs in the game.
4. Lee’s Summit North (8-1) beat Lee’s Summit West 38-6
The Broncos cap one of the best regular seasons in program history by claiming city bragging rights. Running back Tanner Howes had a big night, rushing for 78 yards and catching three passes for 101. Devin Blayney caught four passes for 103 yards and a touchdown, while Quincey Baker rushed for three scores.
5. De Smet Jesuit (7-2) beat Vashon 42-7
Although Class 4 Vashon came into the game undefeated, the Wolverines proved to be no match for the Class 6 Spartans, who have been red hot during a six-game win streak. De Smet jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and turned on the mercy-rule running clock after leading 35-0 at halftime.
6. Carthage (9-0) beat No. 10 Nixa 49-14
One last convincing victory made the Tigers undefeated champions of the Central Ozark Conference, one of the toughest leagues in the state. Carthage rushed for 317 yards in the game, 172 of those on 18 carries by star Luke Gall. Caden Kabance, Cale Patrick and Gall rushed for two touchdowns apiece.
7. Smithville (8-0) beat Winnetonka 36-7
A week off (due to an opponent’s COVID quarantine in Week 8) did not seem to hinder the Warriors. Smithville led 36-7 at the half behind three touchdown passes from Andrew Hedgecorth, and the defense took care of the rest, limiting the Griffins to 134 yards of total offense.
8. Holt (9-0) beat Liberty (Wentzville) 49-7
Jackson Smith rushed for a pair of touchdowns and also caught a touchdown pass as the Indians raced out to a 35-7 lead at the half. Holt finished as the undefeated Gateway Athletic Conference South Division champions, a first for the program.
9. MICDS (9-0) beat Chaminade College Prep 56-34
The Rams enjoyed a senior day win that completed an undefeated regular season. Quarterback Reagan Andrew, a four-year starter, has gone over 5,000 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards for his career, but most importantly, his team has a 36-7 record in his starts.
10. Nixa (7-2) lost to No. 6 Carthage 49-14
The injury-depleted Eagles were overmatched in this Top-10 battle for the Central Ozark Conference. Nixa trailed 28-14 late in the first half but did not score – and only crossed midfield three times – during the game’s final 26 and a half minutes.
11. Francis Howell (8-1) beat Columbia Rock Bridge 33-0
The Vikings closed out the regular season with three consecutive road victories, two of them shutouts. Booker Simmons tossed a pair of touchdown passes, and Josh Deal booted a pair of field goals in the first half as Francis Howell opened a 20-0 lead at the intermission.
12. Joplin (8-1) beat Neosho 63-0
Scoring on their first nine drives of the game, the Eagles registered more points in this game than in the past two combined. Quarterback Always Wright completed 15-of-22 passes for 206 yards and five touchdowns in the first half alone, three of those scores going to LT Atherton.
13. Hannibal (9-0) beat Battle 42-26
This one turned out to be the Pirates’ most competitive game in a month and a half, but the final result was still the same. Hannibal raced out to a 35-6 halftime lead, and Battle’s 20 second-half points only made the final score look closer than the game really was.
14. West Plains (8-1) beat Bolivar 56-7
Apparently a Week 6 loss to Lebanon did nothing but make the Zizzers mad. West Plains won its last three games of the regular season by a cumulative score of 169-19, which enabled the team to earn a share of the Ozark Conference title.
15. Lamar (9-0) beat East Newton 48-0
As scary as it might sound, the Tigers appear to be getting better as the season moves along. Lamar captured the Big 8 West title with back-to-back shutouts the past two weeks and completed the program’s first undefeated regular season since 2017.
16. St. Mary’s (St. Louis) (7-1) beat John Burroughs 52-7
One week after recording a quality win at Trinity in Louisville (Ken.), the Dragons had a much easier time – and much easier road trip – at John Burroughs. St. Mary’s (St. Louis) will take a six-game win streak into district play, and four of those wins have been by 35 points or more.
17. Park Hill South (9-0) beat St. Joseph Central 51-27
After playing the one-win Indians to a 21-21 tie in the first half, Park Hill South outscored its opponent 30-6 during a one-sided second half. The Panthers returned the third-quarter kickoff to the 14-yard line and scored two plays later on Derrien Jones’ second touchdown of the game to take the lead for good.
18. Lebanon (8-1) beat Parkview 55-22
It was all offense all the time for the Yellowjackets as they led this one 41-6 in the third quarter before the teams traded some garbage-time scores late. Lebanon clinches a share of Ozark Conference championship for the first time since 2012.
19. Valle Catholic (9-0) beat St. Pius X (Festus) 63-0
This one was supposed to be different. It wasn’t. Valle Catholic crushed a St. Pius X (Festus) team that came into the game with one loss, making it a perfect regular season in terms of both victories and the fact each win was by at least 35 points.
20. Raymore-Peculiar (7-2) beat Park Hill 43-40 (OT)
Ray-Pec’s Zander Dombrowski and Park Hill’s Kendrick Bell faced off in a old fashioned shootout with both quarterbacks throwing four touchdown passes. The Panthers have won five straight games and have scored at least 35 points in each of the past four.
21. Helias Catholic (8-1) beat Vianney 47-9
Drew Miller tossed three touchdown passes to Kaden Hampson, Ryan Klahr and Will Herrbold in the game’s first 17 minutes as Helias jumped out to a commanding 21-3 lead that eventually resulted in the Crusaders’ eighth consecutive victory.
22. Lindbergh (8-1) beat Hazelwood West 56-14
All of a sudden the Flyers look like a dangerous team coming out of the St. Louis area. Winners of six straight games to close out the regular season, Lindbergh led 35-6 at halftime and put it on cruise control in this latest victory.
23. Rockwood Summit (9-0) beat Riverview Gardens 57-0
One of the state’s biggest turnarounds is complete, as the Falcons completed an undefeated regular season for the first time in program history after going only 2-3 in last year’s COVID-shortened season. Six different players for Rockwood Summit scored touchdowns to build a 44-0 halftime lead.
24. Hazelwood Central (7-2) lost to Marquette 35-26
With the game tied at 14 late in the first half, Marquette took the lead for good with 21 unanswered points that bridged halftime. Jack Ahlbrand threw two touchdown passes to JaQuari Parks (44 yards) and Gavin Marsh (37 yards), and Drew Ellis added a 30-yard pick-six in the game-deciding sequence.
25. Eureka (7-2) lost to Kirkwood 30-29
Leading 23-7 with five minutes left in the third quarter, it looked like the Wildcats had the game in hand, despite being turned away with zero points on four separate red zone trips. In overtime, Eureka went for the win, but a potential game-winning, two-point conversion run was stopped short of the goal line.