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High School Football Preview

By: Warren Mayes


CBC entered this season coming off back-to-back Class 6 state championships.

The Cadets finished the 2017 season 13-1 and overcame Blue Springs 31-14 in the Missouri Class 6 football title game at Plaster Stadium on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield. Last fall, CBC defeated Rockhurst 45-21 in the state championship game at Faurot Field on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia.

Coach Scott Pingel has just four starters back on offense and three on defense. Graduation hit the program hard.

“There’s no pressure on this team,” Pingel said. “This is a brand new group. These guys want to leave their own legacy.”

CBC has won three state titles in coach Scott Pingel’s 11 seasons with the Cadets. With Pingel at the helm, CBC’s record is an eye-popping 118-21. The Cadets have won nine Metro Catholic Conference championships.

MICDS finished second in Class 4 with a 13-2 record. Coach Matt Buha has five starers back on offense and four on defense.

“They have tremendous potential, and it is our job as coaches to help them realize their tremendous ability,” Buha said about his 2019 Rams.

De Smet coach Rob Steeples has four players on his roster who have committed to college: Jordan Johnson to Notre Dame, Lanell Carr to West Virginia, Armon Wallace to Missouri State and AJ Fraser to Cornell.

The Spartans were 9-3 last season. The team has six starters on offense and seven on defense.

Eureka looks to be poised for another fine season. The Wildcats were 9-2 last year and have seven starters back on offense and five on defense.

Lafayette coach Boyd Manne enters his 20th season leading the Lancers

There are two new head coaches this season. Michael Stewart takes over at Marquette after Matthew Klein left for another job. Stewart has three starters on offense and nine on defense for his first season. He has one the biggest senior classes in the program’s history.

At Parkway North, Karl Odenwald is the new Vikings’ coach. Bob Bunton retired after 19 seasons as the head coach of the program.

Here’s a look at the conference alignments area teams:
• Metro Catholic Conference: CBC, Chaminade, De Smet Jesuit, St. Louis University High and Vianney
• Metro League Conference: John Burroughs, Lutheran North, Lutheran South, MICDS, Principia, Priory and Westminster Christian Academy • Suburban Central Conference National Division: Clayton, Ladue, Parkway Central, Parkway North and Parkway West
• Suburban West Conference American Division: Eureka, Lafayette, Lindbergh, Marquette and Parkway South

Here are the district assignments for the upcoming season as released by the Missouri State High School Activities Association.

There are two changes. Eureka drops down to Class 5 from Class 6. Prioy goes down to Class 3 from Class 4.

Class 6
District 1

CBC, De Smet, Francis Howell, Francis Howell Central, Hazelwood Central, Hazelwood West, Pattonville, St. Louis University High.
District 3
Jefferson City, Joplin, Kickapoo, Kirkwood, Lafayette, Lindbergh, Marquette, Northwest.
Class 5
District 2

Eureka, Mehlville, Oakville, Parkway South, Vianney.
District 3
Chaminade, McCluer North, Parkway West, Ritenour, Webster Groves.
Class 4
District 3

Clayton, Ladue, MICDS, Parkway Central, Parkway North, Summit, St. Charles, Westminster Christian Academy.
Class 3
District 3

Jennings, John Burroughs, Miller Career Academy, Normandy, Priory, Trinity Catholic, University City, Vashon.
Class 2
District 2

Cardinal Ritter, Carnahan, Cuba, Duchesne, Grandview, Lift for Life Academy, Lutheran North, Principia.

Here is a look at the teams in alphabetical order with insight from coaches:

CBC CADETS
2018 record: 12-1. Went 4-0 to win Metro Catholic Conference title. Defeated De Smet 63-28 to win district crown. Defeated Rockhurst 45-21 to win Class 6 state football championship.
Coach: Scott Pingel, entering 12th year as head coach at CBC.
Assistant coaches: Butch Dimovitz, Vic Northern, Steve Notestine, Derrick Pitts, Jackson Workman, Kevin Wehner, Terrence Brunson, Moses Regular and Connor Kohlschrieber
Returning: 4 starters on offense; 3 on defense
Captains: Cameron Powell, Mike West, Brady Feeney and Ray Lingard
Offense: Multiple
Defense: Multiple
Players to watch: Junior QB Kenneth Hamilton, sophomore QB Ayden Robinson-Wayne, senior RB/LB Ray Lingard, sophomore RB Jaycob Tatum, senior WR/LB Tyler Dixon, senior WR Camerson Powell, junior WR/DB Zach Hahn, junior WR Chevalier Brenson, OL linemen Brady Feeney, sophomore OL Jerome Logan, senior LB Michael West, senior LB Jeremiah Miller, sophomore CB Jeffrey Morgan and junior DB Jordan Marshall
Newcomers/underclassmen to watch: Junior WR/DB Zach Hahn, sophomore CB Jeffrey Morgan, sophomore RB Jaycob Tatum, junior WR/RB Jordan Clay, junior QB Kenneth Hamilton and sophomore QB Ayden Robinson-Wayne
Players who have committed to a college: Brady Feeney to Indiana.
Team strengths: Won’t be totally different from the past but have players with different skill sets.
Goals: They never change. You want to go just games one through five to figure out what you have and then from game six you want to go ready and then go through the playoffs.
Favorites to win the Metro Catholic Conference: CBC and Chaminade
Final thought: This year will be different. Different is not a bad word. We’ll do different things. Our goals and philosophy will not change. Hopefully, we have the same results. Our offense should be similar but with a different twist with the skill sets of our quarterbacks. We may go with two quarterbacks this year. In 2014, we did two quarterbacks. We have four sophomores and two freshmen at quarterback on this team. We’re young. We’ll be undersized on defense. We’ll have more quickness and technique. We won’t be totally different but we will have different skill sets.

CHAMINADE RED DEVILS
2018 record: 6-6. Finished fourth in Metro Catholic Conference at 1-4. Lost 55-14 to eventual state champion Vianney in Class 5 district championship game.
Coach: Antoine Torrey, entering seventh year as head coach at Chaminade.
Assistant coaches: Offensive coordinator Christian Suntrup, defensive coordinator/DL Nate Master, QB Bobby Radimski, RB Christopher Stevenson, WR Cornell Wallace, OL Greg Divis, TE Nick Or, LB Steven Chico, DB Donald Catlin and special teams Antoine Berryhill
Returning: 7 starters on offense; 8 on defense
Captains: Brady Cook, Jamisen Terry, Loren Fortune Jr., John Kuntz, Kevin Re, Julian McBride and Jake Divis
Offense: Multiple
Defense: Multiple
Players to watch: Senior QB Brady Cook, junior RB Amar Johnson, senior DB Jamisen Terry, senior RB Loren Fortune Jr., senior LB John Kuntz, senior CB Jabin Johnson, senior LB Kevin Re, senior DT Julian McBride, junior WR Elijah Griffin, sophomore DE Grant Finley, junior RB/DE Markus Marshall and sophomore OT Jimmy Lansing
Newcomers/underclassmen to watch: Junior DE/RB Markus Marshall, sophomore WR Elijah Griffin, sophomore OT Jimmy Lansing.
Players who have committed to a college: Brady Cook to Missouri and Julian McBride to Ball State
Team strengths: Will be strong offensively.
Goals: Have high expectations with a senior-laden [18] team. Goal is to win Class 5 state championship.
Favorites to win the Metro Catholic Conference: De Smet
Final thought: We are very excited about this group of seniors. It’s really a treat watching them work together.

DE SMET SPARTANS
2018 record: 9-3. Finished third in Metro Catholic Conference at 2-2. Lost 63-28 to eventual state champion CBC in Class 6 district championship game.
Coach: Robert Steeples, entering fourth year as head coach at De Smet.
Assistant coaches: 14
Returning: 6 starters on offense; 7 on defense
Captains: To be determined.
Offense: Spread
Defense: Multiple
Players to watch: It could be anybody.
Players who have committed to a college: WR Jordan Johnson to Notre Dame, OLB Lanell Carr to West Virginia, DL Armon Wallace to Missouri State and QB AJ Fraser to Cornell.
Team strengths: The relationships that we have built and our trust in one another.
Goals: Consistently perform to the M.A.A.D. [mindset, action, accountability, discipline] Men standard.
Final thought: Every season, we as a football program set out to use the culture created by the MAAD Men character standard to inspire and equip young men with the tools that squeeze every ounce of ability out of the individual and also reveal the true benefits that come from selflessly buying into a team. We as coaches and players must accept that challenge every day. I look forward to being in the trenches with the fellas and embracing the daily grind of the season. How our character holds up and how we respond to success and adversity will directly dictate how this season goes for us.

EUREKA WILDCATS
2018 record: 9-2. Finished second at 4-2 in Suburban West Conference American Division.
Coach: Jake Sumner, entering fifth year as head coach at Eureka.
Assistant coaches: Pete Grace, Tyler Wasson, Luke Thuston, Tony LaRusso, Drew Hagen, Jay Vermillion, Pat Grimshaw and Andy McCollum
Returning: 7 starters on offense; 5 on defense
Captains: To be determined.
Offense: Spread
Defense: 3-3
Players to watch: Senior Zach Valentine, senior Jake McCollum, senior Josh Baker, senior Jhalon Asher-Sanders, senior Justin Watson, junior Carter Davis and senior Nick Plattner
Newcomers/underclassmen to watch: Will see who steps up.
Players who have committed to a college: Josh Baker to Arizona.
Team strengths: Several team leaders. A passion for the game.
Goals: Compete for conference championship.
Favorites to win the conference: Marquette
Final thought: We are excited about the 2019 team. They have built a strong foundation this offseason. Every year, I feel we put in a good offseason and that gives us a chance to be good in the season. This team will give itself a chance to be where it wants to be. I’m excited.

LAFAYETTE LANCERS
2018 record: 3-7. Finished fourth at 1-3 in Suburban West Conference American Division.
Coach: Boyd Manne, entering 20th year as head coach at Lafayette.
Assistant coaches: Rick Voss, Adam Hicks, Matt Swoboda, Scott Allen, Stephen Polster, Arvie Kilongkilong, Wade Pinkston, John Pope, Matt Waeckerle and Matt Landwehr
Captains: To be determined.
Offense: Multiple spread
Defense: 3-4
Players to watch: WR/DB Antonio Cooper, WR/DB Marsean Fisher, WR/DB Pernell Garner, WR/DB Jonah Robinson, RB/DB Caden Phipps, MLB/nose guard Jack Saunders and WR/DB Jalin Reese
Players who have committed to a college: None
Final thought: We have a solid group of young men who are eager to compete every day in life and on Friday nights.

MARQUETTE MUSTANGS
2018 record: 6-4. Won Suburban West Conference American Division at 4-0.
Coach: Michael Stewart, entering first year as head coach at Marquette.
Assistant coaches: Jeff Smith, Mick Picataggio, Joe Scotino, Kelly Malloy, Tyler Manne, Jeff Auten, Tom Swoboda, Jonah Boyd, Jake Dieffenbach and Bryan Schultz
Returning: 3 starters on offense; 9 on defense
Captains: Josh Merz, Matt Kadlec, Chase Callahan, George Williams, Julian Bledsoe and Chris Kreh
Offense: Balanced spread
Defense: 4-2
Players to watch: DE Ben Hollenbeck, RB Chris Kreh, DB/WR Ben Cohen, DT/OT Isaiah Brisseaux, OT/DT Soung You and OT Connor Throneberry
Newcomers/underclassmen to watch: TE Cade Woodfin, DB Jackson Edwards, CB/WR Mac Cook and WR Jakael Jackson
Players who have committed to a college: Tommy Washington to Illinois Wesleyan.
Team strengths: Have a lot of returning varsity experience on the defensive side of the ball and look forward to seeing what that unit can produce.
Goals: We have several goals the staff would like this program to achieve. First, to help mold and develop student-athletes that can give back to the community around them through service. Second, for the players to perform at a high level in the classroom. This will afford them endless opportunities when graduating. Lastly, to build from coach Klein’s level of achievement and continue to compete for conference championships and playoff success.
Favorites to win the Suburban West Conference American Division: Eureka, Lindbergh and Lafayette
Final thought: We look forward to the season ahead. These young men have worked hard in the offseason, and are eager to step on the field under the Friday Night Lights. This is one of the largest senior groups to come through the program in school history, and they want to finish strong.

MICDS RAMS
2018 record: 13-2. Finished second in Metro League with a 4-1 record. Won Class 4 district championship. Lost 48-11 to Ladue in state championship.
Coach: Matt Buha, entering fifth year as head coach at MICDS.
Assistant coaches: Gary Bertolucci, Pete Buha, Brian Coco, John Heath, Brian Lewis, Marshall McCurties, Nick Menneke, Aaron Proctor, Rany Sally, Josh Smith and Robin Thompson
Returning: 5 on offense; 4 on defense
Captains: To be determined.
Offense: Option
Defense: 4-2-5
Players to watch: Senior OL Luke Bernstein, junior DL Will Kacmarek and junior OL Raphy Sowah
Newcomers/underclassmen to watch: Freshman RB Steve Hall, freshman ATH Winston Moore, junior LB Grant Purdy and junior ATH Nate Smith
Team strengths: The defensive staff and the young men that continue to play on that side of the ball and serve as the foundation of the team’s success.
Goals: There is only one goal and that is to win a state championship.
Favorites to win the Metro Conference: MICDS and Lutheran North
Final thought: We have a very young, but eager group of young men that have dedicated themselves to continuing to uphold the traditions of CODASCO football. They have tremendous potential, and it is our job as coaches to help them realize their tremendous ability.

PARKWAY CENTRAL COLTS
2018 record: 3-7. Finished fourth at 1-3 in Suburban Central National Division.
Coach: Mark Goldenberg, entering 16th year as head coach with a record of 130-57.
Assistant coaches: Mike Wright, defensive coordinator; Ryan King, special teams coordinator; Scot Davis, running backs and linebackers; Winston Rogers, defensive backs; Jon Hardy, wide receivers; Mitchell Goldenberg, quarterbacks; Ryan Ayers, linebackers; Keith Herberger, offensive and defensive lines
Returning: 6 on offense; 4 on defense
Captains: Cam Roberts, Hugh Hodson and CarVon Howard
Offense: Multiple
Defense: 4-2-5
Players to watch: Senior OL/DL Hugh Hodson, senior WR/DB/P Cam Roberts, junior OL/DL CarVon Howard, senior QB Antonio Hutti and junior FB/LB Adam Guisz
Newcomers/underclassmen to watch: Senior WR/DB Jack Wittner, junior WR/RB/DB/LB Andre Butts and WR/DB/RB Darren Maddison
Players who have committed to a college: None
Goals: To be competitive every week play physical and get better every week to compete for a playoff run.
Favorites to win the Suburban Central National Division: Ladue
Final thought: This is the best time of year. It is a challenge every year to prepare a team to compete.

PARKWAY NORTH VIKINGS
2018 record: 6-5. Finished second in Suburban Central North Division at 3-1. Lost 21-18 to MICDS in district semifinal.
Coach: Karl Odenwald, entering first year as head coach.
Assistant coaches: Hosea Franklin, Jim Parks, Clint Johnson, John Johnson, Brian Archibald, Ray Boyd, Matt Conley and Paul Coffman
Returning: 5 on offense; 5 on defense
Captains: Undecided at this point.
Offense: A mix of spread formations and tight end sets.
Defense: 3-4
Players to watch: Senior WR/DB Johnathan Edwards, senior QB/DB Levi Hilton, senior RB/LB Nate Perkins, senior RB/LB Bryce Allen, senior OL/DL Jalen Parker and senior RB/LB Jordan Kern
Newcomers/underclassmen to watch: Sophomore RB/DB Monte Weaver, sophomore OL Rylan Turks and sophomore OL Will Meyer
Players who have committed to a college: None at this point. Johnathan Edwards has over a dozen FCS offers already.
Team strengths: Feel our senior class is both deep and talented.
Goals: To compete and continue to improve every week.
Final thought: I am excited to see our kids play this year. We have put in a ton of work this summer and saw major gains from many of our guys. We are hoping all that hard work translates to the football field. I know our upperclassmen are hungry and looking forward to the challenges we are going to face.

PARKWAY SOUTH PATRIOTS
2018 record: 1-9. Finished fifth in Suburban West Conference American Division.
Coach: Joe Rosewell, entering ninth year as head coach at Parkway South.
Assistant coaches: John Barnabee, Korey Eggelston, Drew Jennings, Jason Kipp, Brian Kreinberg, James Lake, Zach Mitchell and Brad Zerman
Returning: 4 starters on offense; 3 on defense
Captains: Not named yet.
Offense: Wing-T spread
Defense: 3-3 stack
Players to watch: Junior RB/LB Mali Walton, a first team all conference RB in 2018; Senior QB/DB Eli Veltrop, senior OL/LB Jack Dittmeier, junior RB/DE Christian Tapia, senior WR/LB Nolan Lombardo and junior WR/DB Mason Lange
Newcomers/underclassmen to watch: Sophomore RB/DB Ty’rel Dickenson
Players who have committed to a college: None.
Team strengths: Have a good core of skill position players. Developing new offensive and defensive lines.
Goals: To improve each game, to control what we can control and to stay focused.
Favorites to win the Suburban West Conference American Division: Hard to say with a conference that includes Eureka, Lafayette, Lindbergh and Marquette.
Final thought: We are looking forward to this season. We have been preparing since last November, making changes to everything we do from schemes to attitudes to effort to focus. Everything.

PARKWAY WEST LONGHORNS
2018 record: 7-4. Finished first at 2-2 in Suburban Central Conference National Division. Lost 56-14 to eventual state champion Vianney in Class 5 district semifinal.
Coach: Jeff Duncan, entering 11th year as head coach at Parkway West.
Assistant coaches: Melvin Bethany, Peter Boyer, Kevin Bueltemann, Zaven Nalbandian, Kody Stricklin, Mel Trotier, Kevin Wallace and Scott Weissman
Returning: 5 on offense; 4 on defense
Captains: Will be voted on during camp.
Offense: Pro
Defense: 4-2
Players to watch: Senior OL/DL Walker Piles, senior OL Noah Carswell, senior OL/DL Matt Talbott, sophomore WR/DB Ja’Marion Wayne, sophomore RB/LB Tyree Simms, junior OL/DL Tim Nelson, senior LB Jordan DeBlasi, junior WR/DB Cameron Redman and senior TE/LB Tom Mohan
Newcomers/underclassmen to watch: Senior OL/DL Liam Elli, senior WR Sam Goedde, junior QB Isaac Kittrell, senior RB/DB Sam Buehler, senior RB/SS Bradyn Eddy, junior TE/SS Jailyn Jones, senior OL/DL Chris Atkinson and junior OL/DL Connor Combs
Players who have committed to a college: None at this time.
Team strengths: Have a great group of seniors. Offensive and defensive lines will have good depth. Will have good team speed.
Goals: Play disciplined, physical football each snap.
Favorites to win the conference: Ladue, Parkway Central and Parkway North
Final thought: We have a great group of seniors who have been a key contributors to the success of our program over the last several years. We have a strong group of linemen in that class. We have some dynamic play makers that can make things happen on both sides of the ball. Our team has shown an unselfish attitude and a commitment to each other and the team. I’m excited by the growth of this group and am excited to see what 2019 holds for the Longhorns.

PRINCIPIA PANTHERS
2018 record: 5-4. Lost 30-7 to Lift For Life in Class 2 district semifinal.
Coach: Brad Warrick, entering 14th year as head coach at Principia.
Assistant coaches: Shawn Brown, Brian Gavaletz, Dante Lewis, Forest Denson and Coben Lutton
Returning: 6 on offense; 6 on defense
Captains: To be determined.
Offense: Multiple
Defense: 3-4
Players to watch: Senior RB/SS Howard James, senior FB/LB Ivander Ortiz-Gil, junior RB/CB Cole Quitter, junior OG/NG Joe Thompson, junior RB/CB JD Mansky and sophomore OG/DE Isaac Legard
Newcomers/underclassmen to watch: OG/DE Isaac Legard
Players who have committed to a college: None
Team strengths: Team’s focus on preparation and giving their full effort.
Goals: Growing mentally, spiritually and physically, giving full effort, and daily gratitude.
Favorites to win the Metro League: Lutheran North
Final thought: Our team is committed to overcoming every adverse circumstance, caring for each other, and giving our full effort in everything we do.

PRIORY REBELS
2018 record: 7-4. Finished third at 3-2 in Metro League.
Coach: Jake Parent, entering second year as head coach.
Assistant coaches: Phil Brotherton, Eric Saxton, Steve Oslica, Carl Givens and Tim Clark
Returning: 7 on offense; 4 on defense
Offense: Spread
Defense: 3-4
Players to watch: Senior DLB/RB Dalton Bingman, senior OL/DL Joe Brady, senior WR/DB Christian Wagner and senior LB/TE Luke Parent
Newcomers/underclassmen to watch: WR/DB Myles Kee and QB Harrison Wilmsen
Team strengths: Worked hard in the offseason and will be able to compete with everyone on our schedule.
Goals: Get better every day and be competitive each week.
Favorites to win the Metro League: Lutheran North and MICDS
Final thought: After a year under my system I am really expecting the team to take their game to the next level this season. They are a great group of young men who have worked hard this off-season to realize their potential.

WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN ACADEMY WILDCATS
2018 record: 6-5. Finished fourth at 2-2 in Metro League.
Coach: Keith Herring. Entering third year as head coach at Westminster.
Assistant coaches: Bennie Anderson, Mike Decker, Max Pott, Cory Snyder, Stephon Greenlee, Greg Moore, Greg Schoenberg and Jacob Stull
Returning: 5 on offense; 6 on defense
Captains: Not named yet.
Offense: Spread wing
Defense: 3-3
Players to watch: Senior LT Bennie Anderson, junior RT Jack Powers, senior LB Arthur Jordan, senior LB Toby Davidson, senior TE/DL Ben Chereji, senior QB Lane Davis, senior WR/DB Ben Straub, senior WR/DB Ben Hicks, senior DE Aiden Davitt and sophomore RB LJ Minner
Newcomers/underclassmen to watch: Senior WR Tommy Brinerm and senior LB Jake Broyles
Players who have committed to a college: Bennie Anderson to Yale.
Team strengths: The staff really likes the vibe this group has. They care about each other and want to make each other better every day.
Goals: Want to improve each day, week and game, and play as a strong team.
Favorites to win the Metro League: Lutheran North, MICDS, Westminster.
Final thought: We had a very productive offseason that led into the summer, where we got better in 7 on 7 and in our camps. I can see this team really playing for each other and every member contributing.

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