High-SchoolMissouri: Jonathan Parker

CBC, Staley face tough tests in Week 4 Missouri football

September, 23, 2011
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.

Green-Beckham shines, Fort Zumwalt West falls in opener

August, 29, 2011
In some ways, Dorial Green-Beckham is the worst-kept secret in high school football.

Hailing from the relatively small town of Hillcrest, most had heard about the broken records, Randy Moss comparisons and big-game potential possessed by the senior wideout. But outside of a highlight tape, few had actually seen the legend — until Saturday.

Green-Beckham didn't disappoint a national TV audience, reeling in 18 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Hornets to a 48-26 victory against Seneca.

The numbers say it all, but for those who argue that Green-Beckham would struggle against competition in states like Texas, Florida and California, think again. I saw former Georgia star and new Cincinnati Bengal A.J. Green play in high school and Green-Beckham has the same hands and playmaking skills as Green -- and maybe better since Green-Beckham packs more muscle.

Though Seneca put up a good effort, Green-Beckham looked like a man amongst boys for most of the contest, shedding off double coverage for impressive catches and big gains after the catch.

And as will probably be the case for much of the season, DGB's teammates benefited from the extra attention. For instance, sophomore Jawan Johnson looked solid, recording 94 yards on four catches, including a 72-yarder that set up a Hillcrest score.

In much more shocking news, Fort Zumwalt West — a team tabbed by many to battle Rockhurst for the Class 6 title — fell in its season opener to Christian Brothers College, 52-49.

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