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Week 12 high school football: District championship games

By: Warren Mayes

It’s Week 12 of the high school football season.

Four teams remain and two of them are going head-to-head this week.

All the games are for a district championship.

Here is a look at the scheduled games.

Class 6
CBC (9-1) is the defending Class 6 state champion. The Cadets will host fellow Metro Catholic Conference rival De Smet at 7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 9). The Spartans are 9-2. The game is for the District 1 championship.

The Cadets have owned De Smet in recent years. CBC has won its last nine games against the Spartans.

CBC steamrolled Hazelwod West 69-8 last week. The Spartans defeated Pattonville 35-7.

This marked CBC’s seventh consecutive district championship game. The Cadets have captured the last four district title games they have played.

Senior quarterback Brett Gabbert directs the CBC attack. He has 21 touchdown passes this fall with just one interception. Gabbert has thrown for for 2,191 yards.

The Cadets ground game is sparked by senior Bryan Bradford. He has 1,446 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Senior Julian Williams has caught 48 passes for 665 yards and six touchdowns while senior Niko Hea has caught 32 passes for 531 yards and nine touchdowns.

Senior linebacker Jaden Brown tops the defense with 73 tackles. Senior defensive end MJ Anderson has recorded 13 tackles for loss along with nine sacks.

De Smet coach Rob Steeples is in his third year at the helm. The Spartans have not won nine games in a season since 2012. This also was the last time De Smet went this far in the postseason since 2012. That year, De Smet defeated CBC 56-35.

The Spartans are taking a six-game winning streak into the game.

De Smet is led by senior quarterback Nate Martens. This fall, Martens has thrown for 20 touchdowns against just six interceptions. He has 1,870 yards. His favorite target has been junior receiver Jordan Johnson, who has caught 27 passes for 710 yards. Johnson has nine touchdowns.

The Spartans’ rushing attack is led by sophomore Darez Snider. He has gained 971 yards and scored 11 touchdowns.

On defense, the Spartans senior linebacker Seth Harris has recorded 91 tackles and earned three sacks.

The CBC-De Smet winner will advance to face whoever wins the Rock Bridge-Blue Springs game in a state semifinal matchup on Nov. 17

Class 5
The Chaminade Red Devils (6-5) will play at Vianney against the 7-3 Golden Griffons for the District 2 championship.

The two Metro Catholic Conference teams met during the regular season on Sept. 14 when Vianney got past the Red Devils 49-35. The Golden Griffons have won the last three meetings with Chaminade.

Both teams are coming in after winning with ease last week. Chaminade scored a 51-7 win over Mehlville 7. Vianney thumped Parkway West 54-14.

Chaminade junior quarterback Brady Cook has 12 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions this season. He has passed for 1,644 yards.

Junior running back L.J. Fortune has gained 881 yards rushing and scored seven touchdowns.

On defense, junior defensive back Luc Nichols has recorded 96 tackles and picked off three passes.

The Chaminade-Vianney winning will meet the winner of Jackson-Fox in a quarterfinal contest on Nov. 17.

Class 4
The MICDS Rams (10-1) take on Hazelwood East (8-3) for the District 3 championship at noon Saturday. The game will be played at St. Louis University High.

Last week, the Rams slipped by Parkway North 21-18. Hazelwood East scored a 44-6 win over Jennings.

The Rams have not won a district title since 2011 when MICDS went on to finish second in the state.

MICDS has been led offensively by freshman quarterback Reagan Andrew, who has started every game. Andrew has 11 touchdown passes against four interceptions. He has 1,069 yards passing.

Senior Tyler Purdy leads the rushing attack with 730 yards and seven touchdowns.

Senior Graham Bundy Jr., one of the nation’s top lacrosse players, has done everything this fall. Bundy has 499 yards rushing and he has caught 19 passes for 410 yards. He has scored15 touchdowns. On defense, Bundy has recorded 49 tackles and pickedo ff five passes.

Senior linebacker Henry Carpenter has made 134 tackles for the Rams. He also has four sacks.

The MICD-Hazelwood East winner will face the winner of the Fort Zumwalt East-Hannibal game in a quarterfinal game on Nov. 17

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