This week, Friday night and Saturday afternoon get some company on the high school football landscape, as several Creve Coeur Patch squads hit the gridiron for Thursday night action. Here's a look at Week 7, including links of where to watch and listen if you can't make it out.
Offensive fireworks figure to be the order of the night, when several of the Suburban South Conference’s top playmakers meet up in a special Thursday night football showdown at PCH Stadium.
For the Colts, talking about playmakers means talking about Brandon Sheperd, who recently narrowed his potential college choices to either the University of Missouri or Oklahoma State University. He come into Thursday’s matchup leading the Suburban South in total yards (835) and total touchdowns (15).
The Colts, who fell from fifth to sixth in the statewide Class 5 football rankings this week, , also feature quarterback Cole Gorman and running back Alan Gasanli on an offense that averages 39.0 points a game.
For the season, Gorman is fourth in the conference in passing yards (831) and tied for third with 11 touchdown passes, while Gasanli is the league’s second-leading rusher with 602 yards and eight touchdowns.
Defensively for Central, senior linebacker Logan Boyher is the leader with 50 total tackles, including a game-high 13 last week against Kirkwood.
Last week, , when it drove the length of the field in the final minute of the game, to defeat University City 17-12.
Senior Joe Schenk, the Suburban South leader in pass receptions (39), proved to be the star for the Falcons, when he outleaped a U. City defender for the game-winning touchdown catch with 11.9 seconds left in the game.
Junior running back Ian McIntosh will also be a key figure Thursday night. Last week, he had 191 yards on 31 carries for the Falcons, and moved past Central’s Gasanli into the league lead in rushing with 674 yards this season.
The Spartans will be looking for revenge after Miller Career upset De Smet last season. Listen to the game live online at kfns.com. De Smet fought off a scrappy Oakville squad
The Vikings could get a boost Thursday from the return of one of the area's top players, Linebacker-Running Back Donavin Newsom, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Newsom, who has given an oral commitment to the University of Missouri had been ailing with a knee injury before surgery, and there was a possibility he would miss the rest of the season.
at Duchesne, Thursday, 7 p.m.
The Rams are on a rampage, having run off four straight wins after two opening season loses. Most of that is attributed to the ground game of Deavin Edwards. He's got 15 TDs, 10 in the last three weeks. Edwards has rushed for 1,021 yards, averaging almost 11 yards per carry.
Senior quarterback Brandon Carr is a 51 percent passer, good for 931 yards and 8 TDs. He likes to throw to lanky Jehu Chesson who has 352 yards but just 3 TDs.
The 2-4 struggling Pioneers feature quarterback Rick Leach (697 yards and 6 TDs) and the running of Mike Deluvia, 373 yards and Chad Sam with 5 TDs.
The key may be if Ladue can focus on this week's opponent and not look ahead to next week's showdown vs. MICDS.
The Red Devils will be looking for a win at home after two tough road losses to De Smet and SLUH but will not find an easy foe in the visiting Cadets, who bring the top-ranked program in the St. Louis area with them, starting with the electrifying skill-position players in the backfield with Dalton Demos (QB), Jonathan Parker and Antonio Brown (RB).
vs. Principia, 1 p.m.
Local Editor James Baer and reporter Cedric Williams contributed to this report