Dwaun Valley

Career Academy’s Dwaun Valley (5) carries the ball for a gain of two yards against the Madison Trojans on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Gateway STEM High School. The Trojans of Madison went on to defeat the Phoenix 6-0.

The first order of business this week is to congratulate the organizers of the Gateway Scholars Football Classic for putting on another tremendous showcase last Saturday in East St. Louis.

When it came to presenting an all-day high school football extravaganza, the Gateway Scholars Classic checked all of the boxes.

*Individual star power and top programs from the two-state region. Check.

*A festive atmosphere with all-day tailgating, booming music and some great work on the mic from public address announcer Maurice Scott, who kept things popping. Check.

*A full house of nearly 10,000 people at Clyde C. Jordan Stadium. Check.

*A series of competitive football games that kept fans interested from start to finish for the most part. Check

*A marquee game that featured two prominent programs that wasn’t decided until after midnight and three exciting overtimes. Thank you East St. Louis and Trinity. Check.

It was a long 13-hour day at Clyde C. Jordan Stadium and it was very hot, but it was a tremendous day of football and fellowship for the communities on both sides of the river. I loved every minute of it. Congratulations to the student-athletes from Cahokia, Cardinal Ritter, Chaminade, Chicago Phillips, East St. Louis, Homewood Flossmoor, Lutheran North and Trinity for putting on a great show for the prep football fans in St. Louis.

Individual Standout Performances from Week 2

- Maurice Massey of Kirkwood had seven receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown in a 37-28 victory over Francis Howell.

- Arcullous Heard of Lutheran St. Charles rushed for 227 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns in a 40-14 victory over Father Tolton.

- Julian Williams of CBC had nine receptions for 216 yards and a touchdown in a 58-45 victory over Edwardsville.

- Sam Sanderson of Pattonville scored five touchdowns in a 49-21 victory over Wentzville Holt.

- Caleb Hughes of John Burroughs rushed for 221 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns in a 41-12 victory over Brentwood.

Earl’s Pick Game of the Week

Christian-O’Fallon (2-0) at Lutheran-St. Charles (2-0), Friday, 7 p.m. – Yes, I will be hanging out in St. Peters on Friday night to watch this battle of two up and coming teams with a lot of young talent. Both have been impressive in their two early season victories.

On Tap this Weekend

Clayton (2-0) at Jennings (2-0), Thursday, 6 p.m.

Eureka (2-0) at Hazelwood Central (1-1), Friday, 4:30 p.m.

East St. Louis (2-0) at Edwardsville (2-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

Kirkwood (2-0) at Marquette (2-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

Chaminade (1-1) at CBC (2-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

MICDS (2-0) at Lutheran South (2-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

St. Louis American Sports Director

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