It was a case of turnaround is fair play for the Hazelwood West Wildcats in their Class 6 District 1 first-round playoff game against Hazelwood Central.
On September 17, Hazelwood West bolted to an early 12-0 lead, only to see the Hawks stage a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Wildcats 15-12.
Last Saturday, the shoe was on the other foot as host Hazelwood Central took an early 14-0 lead in the playoff showdown. Only this time, it was Hazelwood West staging the big rally as they scored 20 unanswered points to end a 14-game losing streak to its district rivals.
Junior quarterback Darius Cooper had a big offensive performance to lead the Wildcats as he amassed nearly 300 yards of total offense. Cooper passed for 177 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 120 yards on 20 carries.
The district playoff victory concluded a big two-week stretch for the Wildcats against their Hazelwood School District brethren. The week before defeating Hazelwood Central, the Wildcats defeated Hazelwood East 36-12 in the final game of the regular season.
Hazelwood West will visit a powerhouse CBC squad on Friday night in the semifinals of the District 1 playoffs at 7 p.m.
Darrius the Ball Hawk
Junior cornerback Darrius Jackson of Roosevelt continues his continued ball hawking excellence last weekend with two interceptions in the Roughriders 30-12 victory over DuBourg in the Class 4, District 2 opener.
The two interceptions added to Jackson’s St. Louis area-leading total of 16 for the season. He returned his first interception 20 yards for a touchdown to open the scoring for the Roughriders.
Some top individual performances
*Quarterback Tabraon Neal of Roosevelt passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns in a victory over DuBourg.
*Senior Sam Sanderson of Pattonville rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns in a 21-17 victory over Marquette.
*Junior Jairus Maclin of Kirkwood had three receptions for 115 yards and two touchdowns in a victory over Lafayette.
*Sophomore Travion Ford of Lutheran St. Charles recorded his 17th sack, which set a new school single-season record in a victory over Soldan.
*Jennings High defensive tackle Jordan Bohlen had 11 tackles and two quarterback sacks in a 26-7 victory over Clayton.
Class 6 District Semifinal
(All games are Friday at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted)
Hazelwood West at CBC
Pattonville at DeSmet
Kirkwood at Eureka
Francis Howell at Joplin
Lindbergh at Joplin
Seckman at Fox
Chaminade at Mehlville
Parkway West at Vianney
St. Mary’s vs. Ladue at Kirkwood
Roosevelt at Summit
Jennings at Hazelwood East, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Parkway North at MICDS, Saturday, 1 p.m.
McCluer South-Berkeley at Trinity
Miller Career Academy at Cardinal Ritter
St. Charles West at Lutheran St. Charles
Lutheran South at St. Clair
Duchesne at Lutheran North
Principia at Lift for Life