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State Football Playoff Games All Have Rematch Theme This Week

De Smet and Ladue both look to avenge bitter losses while Parkway Central aims for another win hosting Webster Groves.

At some point in the high school football postseason, coaches have to break out game film or a scouting report on an opposing team they've never seen before.

For the three Creve Coeur area teams still alive in a bid for a spot in the Edward Jones Dome, this isn't one of those weeks.

Monday, and Webster Groves will renew hostilities, .

Senior running back Alan Gasanli, the Suburban South Conference’s second-leading rusher this season with 1,107 yards and 15 touchdowns, was just fantastic for Central that night.

He carried the ball 32 times against one of the area’s best defenses, and totaled 152 hard-charging yards and scored three touchdowns, in a victory that gave the Colts their first district football title since 2006.

Quarterback Cole Gorman was also at his efficient best in that first meeting, completing 11-of-13 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns.

For the season, Gorman is fourth in the Suburban South with 1,388 pass yards and 18 touchdowns this season.

Webster QB Rayshawn Simmons, one of the top candidates for the area Player-of-the-Year award, is the conference leader in passing with 2,690 yards and 29 touchdowns.

But in that first meeting, Simmons might have played the worst game of his high school career, with an inexplicable five total turnovers, including a career-worst four interceptions.  

The 6-foot-2-inch, 180-pound senior had only thrown two interceptions all season prior to that first meeting with Parkway Central, but the stifling Colt defense blanketed Simmons’ receivers and pressure the Statesmen quarterback into throwing a number of ill-advised passes.

Since then though, Simmons has bounced back, passing for 417 yards and four touchdowns two weeks ago against Parkway North, and 283 yards with three total touchdowns in last week’s thrilling 34-32 first-round playoff victory over Rockwood Summit.

Senior wideouts A.J. Farrar and Demetrius Robinson both had 100-yard days for the Statesmen last week, and will somehow have to duplicate those performances if Webster is to avenge its loss to Parkway Central earlier this season.

The winner of Monday’s sectional round contest will advance to the state quarterfinals this Saturday at 1:30 p.m., where it will face the winner of tonight’s other sectional matchup between North County football rivals, Hazelwood East and McCluer.

Webster and Parkway Central fans can check back with Creve Coeur Patch for full coverage late Monday night into Tuesday.

MICDS vs. LADUE, Part II

On paper MICDS has more weapons on a football field than the Ladue Rams. But mind you, that’s just on paper.



It certainly was not for the faint of heart. MICDS took the oxygen out of the air, converting two drives for TDs in the space of 80 seconds. That included a successfully recovered onsides kick late in the game.

Monday, the clash of the Titans will occur on St. Louis U. High’s field, kickoff is 7 p.m. Get there early.

Ladue’s coach Mike Tarpey doesn’t need paper. He needs clearance from the team physician.

Deavin Edwards, star rusher severely injured his ankle in the regular season finale against Clayton. Edwards should be good to go Monday night.

For a wrap up of the game, be sure to check in with Ladue-Frontenac Patch.

De Smet vs. SLUH Part II

Later this week, the Spartans will aim to avenge a The Jr. Billikens' high octane offense produced almost 400 yards of passing offense and numerous third down conversions to keep drives alive, capped off by a double overtime defensive stand and a touchdown. The 37-31 loss means Friday's state quarterfinal will be held at SLUH at 7 p.m.

 

James Baer (Editor) November 07, 2011 at 07:46 PM
Good luck to all the locals. May the best teams win, and hopefully, rain will not be a deciding factor?

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