High-SchoolMissouri: Maplewood-Richmond Heights

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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