Luther Burden

Cardinal Ritter’s Luther Burden (10) attempts to elude Career Academy’s Dvaun Valley (9) during their Class 3, District 2 playoff championship at Gateway High School.

We have reached the district championship stage of the Missouri state playoffs this weekend. There are some excellent matchups on tap with championship berths on the line. Here is a schedule for district championship weekend for St. Louis area teams. All the games are scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Class 6

DeSmet at CBC

Kirkwood at Joplin

Class 5

Fox at Jackson

Chaminade at Vianney

McCluer North at Fort Zumwalt North

Battle at Timberland

Class 4

Festus at West Plains

Summit vs. Ladue at Kirkwood

Borgia at Camdenton

MICDS at Hazelwood East, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Hannibal at Fort Zumwalt East

Class 3

Lutheran South vs. Cardinal Ritter at SLUH

St. Charles West at Trinity

Class 2

Lift for Life at Lutheran North

Illinois playoffs reach quarterfinals

There are four teams from the metro east that are still alive and in the quarterfinals of the IHSA state playoffs. Here is there schedule:

Class 8A: Edwardsville at Lincoln Way East

Class 7A: East St. Louis at Chicago Mt. Carmel

Class 5A: Cahokia at Country Club Hills Hillcrest

Class 5A: Highland at Joliet Catholic

Illinois lands Moses Okpala

Ladue High standout defensive lineman Moses Okpala has given a verbal commitment to attend the University of Illinois. The 6’7,” 255-pound Okpala made his official commitment last Friday night before his team’s district playoff victory over St. Mary’s. Okpala fielded offers from many top programs such as Missouri, Nebraska, Kentucky, Michigan State, Mississippi State and many others before selected Illinois.

Okpala is having an excellent senior season as one of the defensive leaders of an 11-0 Ladue team that will play Rockwood Summit for a district championship on Friday night. For the season, Okpala has 49 tackles with four quarterback sacks and nine tackles for losses.

A few standout performances from last weekend

*Quarterback Isaiah Williams of Trinity amassed 338 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in a victory over McCluer South-Berkeley.

*Shamel Morrow of Cardinal Ritter scored four rushing touchdowns in a victory over Miller Career Academy.

*Levauntez Conway of Cahokia had five receptions for 144 yards and three touchdowns in a victory over Carbondale.

*Tyler Macon of East St. Louis had 310 yards of total offense and five touchdowns in a victory over Glenbard East.

St. Louis American Sports Director

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