Postseason football is here.
The nine-week regular season has ended. Now, it’s win and keep playing or lose and pack up the equipment.
In Class 6 District 1, De Smet is seeded first while CBC seeded second. In District 3, Marquette is seeded second while Lafayette seeded third.
All four teams will be in action Friday night. Kickoffs are at 7 p.m.
CBC, the two-time defending state champion, will entertain St. Louis University High. The Cadets are 7-2. The Junior Billikiens are 5-4. The winner of this game advances next week to face the winner of De Smet-Pattonville game in a district semifinal.
The Cadets have won their last 17 games against SLUH. CBC is led by sophomore quarterback Ayden Robinson-Wayne. The first-year starter has thrown for 14 touchdowns against three interceptions this season. He had thrown for 1,359 yards and rushed for 770 yards. He has scored 11 touchdowns. On defense, senior Ray Lingard leads the team with 73 tackles and has four sacks. There are two ballhawks defensive back. Senior Cameron Powell has five interceptions while sophomore Blair Schonhorst has four picks.
Pattonville (2-7) plays at De Smet. The Spartans are undefeated at 9-0 and winners of the Metro Catholic Conference. De Smet has played Pattonville three times, including a game in 2018, and won all three.
Lafayette (7-2) hosts Lindbergh (4-5). The winner of this game will play the winner of Marquette-Kickapoo game in district semifinal.
The Lancers enter the game with a loss last week for rival Marquette. Lafayette won the regular-season Suburban West American Division meeting 17-0 against Lindbergh. Lafayette has won seven of the last 10 meetings with the Flyers. The Lafayette offense is led by senior running back Caden Phipps, who has gained 1,103 yards and scored 18 touchdowns. Phipps also has 15 receptions for 261 yards and three touchdowns. On defense, junior Mitchell Hoffman has 92 tackles and two interceptions.
Marquette (8-1) meets Kickapoo (4-5) for the first time. Marquette junior running back Chris Kreh has scored 22 touchdown. He leads all area rushers with 1,618 yards. He averages 8.1 yards per carry. Senior linebacker Matthew Kadlec leads the defense with 83 tackles, including five for a loss.
There is one Class 5 game. In District 2, Parkway South is seeded fifth. The 0-9 Patriots meet the 1-8 Oakville Tigers.
Three other local Class 4 teams drew byes this week. Waiting to play until next week are Eureka, Chaminade, and Parkway West.
In Class 4 District 3, four local teams are set for action. MICDS seeded third while Parkway North is fourth, Westminster Christian Academy is fifth and Parkway Cental is sixth.
Westminster Christian Academy (4-5) is at Parkway North (3-6) for a 7 p.m. game Friday. On Saturday, Parkway Central (2-7) will play at MICDS (6-3) in a 2 p.m. game Saturday.
There are two other games Saturday.
In Class 3 District 3, Priory, the seeded second team, will host Jennings at 1 p.m. Priory is 7-2. Jennings is 1-0.
In Class 2 District 2, Principia seeded fourth. The Panthers (4-4) will host Cuba (4-5) at 2 p.m.