High-SchoolMissouri: Eric Siebenshuh

DeSmet-SLUH rematch highlights next round of Missouri football playoffs

November, 11, 2011
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Two weeks from now, several fortunate teams will be ready to eat. Yeah, Thanksgiving is around then, too, but I'm talking about those squads that were hungry enough to reach the Missouri state football championships and will be starving to hoist that crown. Here are some of this week's big matchups:

DeSmet at SLUH
The last time DeSmet tasted defeat this season, it came at the hands of SLUH, which rode QB Trevor McDonagh's 424 yards and five scores to a 37-31 double-overtime win. The Spartans will look to put some more pressure on McDonagh, while building off the 263 rushing yards that they churned out in that same game. The fact that DeSmet could have such a good offensive output, including 165 yards from star Durron Neal, shows how key stopping McDonagh will be in the Spartan's overall success.
My pick: DeSmet 31, SLUH 27

McCluer North at CBC
McCluer North enters this game riding a 10-game win streak, yet it still pales in comparison to what the state's top-ranked team has done this season. Cadets QB Dalton Demos has thrown for 29 scores to anchor an offensive attack that averages more than 44 points per game. CBC will face a test in the Stars' defense, which has the ability to slow down opponents with aggressive play.
My pick: CBC 35, McCluer North 24

Fort Zumwalt West at Francis Howell
A massive crowd is expected at this matchup, which revives an intense contest earlier this season that saw Fort Zumwalt West win 34-28. Both teams can score and in a hurry behind strong-armed quarterbacks (West's Drew Hare has 30 total touchdowns; Howell's Eric Siebenshuh has thrown for 28 scores) and big playmakers (West RB Ray Harris has scored 31 times; Howell's Alex Strong and Corey King have both tallied more than 1,000 receiving yards). Whichever team strikes first will gain a helpful upper hand in what could be a shootout.
My pick: Fort Zumwalt West 42, Howell 41

Webb City at Hillcrest
It doesn't get much bigger than this in Class 4. One of the greatest prep wide receivers ever in Dorial Green-Beckham will go up against one of prep football's greatest dynasties in Webb City this Saturday. For the Cardinals, the focus will obviously be on slowing down DGB, but the Hornets showed in their first-round win against St. Clair that they aren't a one-man team, as Stuart Andress ran for 132 yards and two scores. Webb City, which has won 27 straight games, also has its own ground weapons, which combined to pile up 494 rushing yards in last week's win against Helias. Whichever team wins this contest will be the favorite to win it all.
My pick: Webb City 28, Hillcrest 24

Brandon Parker covers Missouri for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Kirkwood, Jefferson City continue to impress in Week 5 MO rankings

September, 26, 2011
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All of the top 10 teams are who we thought they were last week, easily defeating their opponents. Along the way, Kirkwood and Jefferson City put up major shutouts. Wideout Mike McHugh continued his recent tear for Kirkwood, snagging five passes for 209 yards in a 41-0 win against Parkway North, while Jefferson City RB Devon Moore scored two more touchdowns in the Jays' 42-0 rout of Park Hill.

Oh and I remember when I said don't forget the name "Trent Hosick?" Well, here's why. Hosick has quite an arm, but in Staley coach Fred Bouchard's offense, Hosick's rushing prowess has been on full display. Fast forward to a little past the midway point of this KC Metro Sports video for a dose of Hosick's incredible athletic ability. And stay tuned to this spot for more on the junior quarterback.

Nationally, Rockhurst moved up to No. 34 in the POWERADE FAB 50 after beating Rock Bridge last week.

And without further ado, here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Rockhurst (Kansas City) 5-0 (1)
The Hawklets' defense held Rock Bridge to 169 total yards of offense in a 35-6 win. Next up: Hickman.

2. CBC (St. Louis) 5-0 (2)
The Cadets took advantage of the absence of Howell QB Eric Siebenshuh and rode their own gunslinger to a 47-26 victory. Dalton Demos finished 369 passing yards and four touchdowns, giving the Cadets momentum before they face Vianney.

3. Staley (Kansas City North) 5-0 (3)
The Falcons cemented their claim as the new top team in Class 5, riding Trent Hosick's two touchdowns to a 22-10 win against Kearney. A road game against Grandview is next.

Click here for the full POWERADE Missouri weekly football rankings.

CBC, Staley face tough tests in Week 4 Missouri football

September, 23, 2011
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This weekend could give us a glimpse of which teams will be the last ones standing come championship team. Rockhurst, CBC and Staley all face formidable foes while Jefferson City is out to prove its 4-0 is no fluke.

Francis Howell (3-1) at No. 2 CBC (4-0)
No team has found an answer for CBC's explosive offense so far this season. Quarterback Dalton Demos is nearing the 1,000-yard mark and the tailback duo of Antonio Brown and Jonathan Parker has scored 15 touchdowns. But the Cadets could find themselves in a shootout against a tough Howell squad. The Vikings lost but were able to hang with the high-scoring Fort Zumwalt West last week, as quarterback Eric Siebenshuh has found a chemistry with wideout Corey King. In other words, defense will be the key. The Cadets gave up 49 points to Fort Zumwalt West while Howell surrendered 34, but CBC has shown its mettle in a win against DeSmet.
My Pick: CBC 35, Howell 28

Kearney (3-1) at No. 3 Staley (4-0)
Running — and running well — has become a habit for Staley, which is averaging more than 400 rushing yards per game. Morgan Steward and Trent Hosick account for most of that production, presenting quite the task for the Bulldog defense. Kearney isn't as explosive on offense, and quarterback Cole Davis will have lineman Nathaneal Lohn pursuing him all night. The key for Kearney is if it can dictate the flow of the game.
My pick: Staley 31, Kearney 21

Rock Bridge (3-1) at No. 1 Rockhurst (4-0)
Rock Bridge will look to bounce back from last week's loss to Jefferson City, but Rockhurst isn't exactly the team you want to be facing after defeat. Especially now. The Hawklets welcome back offensive lineman Christian Eatherly, who missed the last two games with injury, and Jordan Walker is ready to go after sitting out part of last week's win. Plus, their experienced defense is coming around, giving up just 17 points in the last two games. Rock Bridge will have to execute early and often to have a chance here, but yes, I'm saying there's a chance.
My pick: Rockhurst 28, Rock Bridge 14

No. 8 Jefferson City (4-0) at Park Hill (3-1)
It's been quite the start for Jefferson City, outscoring opponents by the count of 140-35. Much of the credit goes to running back Devon Moore, who reached paydirt four times last week and has been on a tear this season. Park Hill's defense is solid, giving up just 23 points through four games, but the Trojans offense must capitalize on stops if they want to pull off the upset.
My pick: Jefferson City 24, Park Hill 10

Brandon Parker covers Missouri for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

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