Football

CBC, Valle Catholic rise to the top in state football playoffs

Christian Brothers College High School’s Austin Simpson hoisted the state championship trophy after defeating Blue Springs at the Missouri State High School Athletic Association Class 6 football championship Nov. 18 at Plaster Stadium at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

Christian Brothers College High School and Valle Catholic High School reached the finals of the state playoffs this season, overcoming challenges along the way.

CBC victorious

Christian Brothers College High School defeated Blue Springs 31-14 Nov. 18 to win the Class 6 football championship. The game was played at Plaster Stadium in Springfield, Mo.

CBC ended the season 13-1, with a 12-game winning streak after losing its second game of the season to CBC of Memphis.

St. Mary’s football team running on all gears

St. Mary's High School running back Lavel Harris carried the ball 53 yards for a thrid-quarter touchdown against Westminster Academy Aug. 18. Lavell gained 145 yards receiving and rushing in the game, which St. Mary's won 31-22.

If the season opener is any indication, the St. Mary's High School football team will be a force to be reckoned with this year.

The offense is effective in both running and passing the ball. "I try to stay as balanced as possible," St. Mary's coach Corey Bethany said.

The coach moved Lavel Harris from receiver to running back this season to keep that balance. "He had to step up," Bethany said. "He's a dynamic player. Wherever he is on the field, he'll try to make a play. He has the speed to do it from anywhere."

Vianney’s comeback season results in 1st football title

Vianney players screamed as Lucas Giegling, right, hoisted the championship trophy at the MSHSAA Class 5 state football championship Nov. 26 at Plaster Stadium at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

St. John Vianney's football season, which culminated in a Missouri Class 5 high school championship, provided lessons in perseverance and self-confidence.

"They far exceeded everyone else's expectations, but not their own," said Vianney president Mike Loyet. "They worked so hard year-round to get to this point. They never stopped believing in themselves, kept battling and good things happened for them."

Trinity coach’s passion for motivating pays off

Cory Patterson, center, is the head football coach at Trinity High School. He talked to his team, who has just completed its first undefeated regular season and is heading to the playoffs.

Trinity Catholic High School's Cory Patterson mixes praise, blunt assessments and encouragement at football practice.

"Make it look good, fellows," the coach shouted before one play. "Too deep, come on," he barked after a busted play. "Good," he yelled while applauding a catch.

The team mowed through its regular season schedule this fall, going 8-0 while scoring more than 40 points in every game except one. The team posted three shutouts and gave up more than six points just twice.

Chaminade QB has steady hand in leading talented team

Quarterback Michael McGovern provides a steady hand to the Chaminade football team. St. Louis University High School lost the football match 30-28 against Chaminade Preparatory.

Quarterback Michael McGovern provides a steady hand to the Chaminade football team, complementing the team's speedy backs and receivers and strong linemen.

The offensive talents were displayed Sept. 2 as Chaminade edged St. Louis University High School 30-28. McGovern threw two touchdown passes and showed poise as he led a scoring drive as time ran out in the first half. The senior quarterback rolled out and connected on a 5-yard pass to junior Cameron Campbell for a touchdown that cut SLUH's 22-14 lead to two points.

Chaminade QB has steady hand in leading talented team

Chaminade's wide receiver, Reggie Crawford, was taken down by SLUH's #35 Daniel Terry and #32 Jaleel Aschford. St. Louis University High School lost their football match 30-28 against Chaminade Preparatory. Both sides played a strong offensive game.

Quarterback Michael McGovern provides a steady hand to a Chaminade football team, complementing the team's speedy backs and receivers and strong linemen.

The offensive talents were displayed Sept. 2 as Chaminade edged a tough St. Louis University High School team 30-28. McGovern was calm throughout the close contest, throwing two touchdown passes and showing poise as he led a scoring drive as time ran out in the first half. The senior quarterback rolled out and connected on a 5-yard pass to junior Cameron Campbell for a touchdown that cut SLUH's 22-14 lead to two points.

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