With just two weeks remaining in the 2019 high school football regular season, team's are grappling for the top spots before district seeding. Here's a look at some of the top matchups in the area.
Marquette Mustangs at Eureka Wildcats
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Records: Marquette 7-0 overall, 2-0 Suburban West-American; Eureka 6-1, 3-0
Rankings: Marquette No. 9 large school STLhighschoolsports.com, No. 8 Class 6 Missouri Media; Eureka No. 10 large school, No. 5 Class 5 Missouri Media
Last week: Marquette 38, Pattonville 20; Eureka 21, Kirkwood 6
On Marquette: Beat Eureka for the first time in school history in last season's 13-12 victory at home. Undefeated through seven games for the first time in at least two decades. ...Junior running back Chris Kreh has rushed for 1,369 yards and 18 touchdowns. Senior quarterback George Williams has completed 37 of 75 passes for 502 yards, seven touchdowns and has been intercepted three times. Senior receiver Ben Cohen has 11 receptions for 208 yards and three touchdowns. ...Senior linebacker Matthew Kadlec has made 42 tackles. Senior defensive lineman Josh Merz has three sacks and an interception.
On Eureka: Has won six in a row after season-opening 23-22 loss at Fort Zumwalt West. ...Sophomore running back JaQuari Parks has rushed for a team-best 640 yards and four touchdowns but was injured in last week's victory over Kirkwood. Senior running back Teddy Bielecki stepped in as the primary ball carrier and rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown in the second half. Junior quarterback Carter Davis has completed 69 of 126 passes for 1,310 yards, 15 touchdowns and been intercepted four times. Senior receiver Zach Valentine has caught 29 passes for 549 yards and seven touchdowns. Senior receiver Jhalon Asher-Sanders has caught 15 passes for 410 yards and five touchdowns. ...Senior linebacker Jake McCollum has made 73 tackles and six sacks. Junior linebacker Chase Ruckman has made 58 tackles. Junior defensive lineman Daley Thompson has 34 tackles and eight sacks.
Francis Howell Vikings at Holt Indians
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Records: Francis Howell 6-1 overall, 4-0 GAC South; Holt 6-1, 3-1
Rankings: Francis Howell No. 8 large school STLhighschoolsports.com, No. 8 Class 6 Missouri Media
Last week: Francis Howell 48, Francis Howell North 7; Fort Zumwalt West 24, Holt 7
On Francis Howell: A victory will clinch back-to-back GAC South championships. Has won six in a row against Holt dating back to 2009. ...Junior quarterback Alex Pipes has completed 46 of 94 passes for 784 yards, 14 touchdowns and been intercepted twice. Pipes has rushed for 490 yards and five touchdowns. Senior running back Gideon Niboh has rushed for 947 yards and 12 touchdowns. He's caught five passes for 117 yards and another three touchdowns. Senior receiver Jackson Hetzel has 13 receptions for 303 yards and five touchdowns. Junior Reid Weber has 18 receptions for 166 yards and four touchdowns. ...Senior linebacker Charlton Watson Jr. has made 69 tackles. Senior defensive lineman Jack Larkin has 78 tackles. The defense has 24 sacks and five interceptions.
On Holt: Held to lowest scoring total this season in loss to Fort Zumwalt West. ...Sophomore quarterback Cooper Brown has completed 63 of 105 passes for 973 yards, eight touchdowns and has been intercepted three times. Sophomore running back Kyle Wuebbeling has rushed for 463 yards and seven touchdowns. Sophomore receiver Jackson Smith has caught 45 passes for 792 yards and seven touchdowns. Sophomore receiver Colin Bunner has caught 32 passes for 577 yards and six touchdowns. …Senior linebacker Cole Londoff has made 55 tackles and one interception. Senior safety Colton Hawks has made 53 tackles. Eleven different players have one interception.
Seckman Jaguars at Fox Warriors
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Records: Seckman 2-5 overall, 1-2 Suburban West-National; Fox 5-2, 2-0
Last week: McCluer 26, Seckman 7; Fox 35, Hazelwood East 0
On Seckman: Three of its five losses have come by a touchdown or less. Two losses were by a single point. ...Senior quarterback Joe Stuckmeyer has completed 48 of 89 passes for 694 yards, two touchdowns and been intercepted three times. He's rushed for 291 yards and five touchdowns. Senior running back Luckas Salsman has rushed for 804 yards and seven touchdowns. ...Junior Kaleb Niehuhr has made 49 tackles and two sacks. Salsman has 30 tackles and three interceptions. Senior Necho Mason has 38 tackles.
On Fox: Won its last 12 against rival Seckman. Holds a 14-3 lead since the series began in 2002. Posted first shutout win of the season last week against Hazelwood East. …Junior quarterback Brock Inman has rushed for 643 yards and six touchdowns. He's completed 16 of 31 passes for 348 yards, six touchdowns and has been intercepted once. Six players have rushed for 100 yards or more this season. Junior Ethan Phillips has caught three passes for 115 yards and scored twice. ...Junior Luke Pisoni has made 75 tackles and a sack. Senior Carson Elwood has 55 tackles and a sack. Inman leads the team with two interceptions.
Farmington Knights at Lutheran North Crusaders
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Records: Farmington 6-1; Lutheran North 5-1
Rankings: Lutheran North No. 2 small school STLhighschoolsports.com, No. 2 Class 2 Missouri Media
Last week: Farmington 42, Sikeston 0; Lutheran North 49, John Burroughs 6
On Farmington: Lone loss came to Class 5 No. 2 ranked Jackson. Uses a power rushing attack to control the ball and pound on its opponents. Has scored 23 or more points in all six of its wins this season. Running back Baden Botkin rushed for 94 yards and scored twice against Sikeston. Quarterback Kaden Files attempted two passes against Sikeston, one was intercepted. Files rushed for two touchdowns. Held on to its second shutout win this season after making a four-down defensive stand on its own 1-yard line.
On Lutheran North: Clinched its third consecutive Metro League championship with 49-6 win at Burroughs last Thursday. The game was called due to lack of light at halftime. Has won four in a row since 27-13 loss to Cardinal Ritter in Week 2. ...Sophomore quarterback Brian Brown took over as the starter due to injury in Week 3 and has completed 35 of 53 passes for 847 yards, 11 touchdowns and been intercepted twice. Brown has rushed for 296 yards and six touchdowns. Sophomore running back Ali Wells has rushed for 458 yards and 10 touchdowns. Senior running back Roni Rutledge has 16 carries for 176 yards and four touchdowns. Senior Jordan Smith, who was at quarterback prior to being injured, returned as a receiver and has caught 10 passes for 245 yards and scored three touchdowns. Senior Cam Griffin has 12 receptions for 243 yards and four touchdowns. ...Senior linebacker Itayvion Brown has 54 tackles and three sacks. Senior linebacker Antonio Doyle has 25 tackles in his three games since becoming eligible after transferring from Hazelwood West. Junior defensive lineman Terrance Fuller has 28 tackles and two sacks. Sophomore defensive back Caldra Williford has five interceptions. Senior defensive back Aubrey Parker has three interceptions.
McCluer North Stars at Hazelwood West Wildcats
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Records: McCluer North 6-1, 2-0 Suburban XII North; Hazelwood West 6-1, 2-0
Rankings: McCluer North No. 8 Class 5 Missouri Media
Last week: McCluer North 36, Oakville 0; Hazelwood West 14, Northwest-Cedar Hill 10
On McCluer North: Lone loss was 7-6 to Edwardsville after one quarter in rain-shortened opener. A win would give the Stars the inside track to their first conference championship since 2011. ...Sophomore quarterback Jason Easley has completed 41 of 62 passes for 568 yards, eight touchdowns and has been intercepted five times. Senior running back Travon Springfield has rushed for 903 yards and 15 touchdowns. Junior Angelo Butts has rushed for 452 yards and eight touchdowns. He's caught 11 passes for 229 yards and four touchdowns. Senior receiver Taylor Temple has caught 18 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns. ...Senior Kenneth Perry has 21 tackles. Senior defensive lineman Bakale Harris has six sacks.
On Hazelwood West: Only loss this season was a 3-0 rain-shortened game against Oakville in Week 1. Returns home after playing its last three games on the road. ...Senior quarterback Darius Cooper has completed 50 of 98 passes for 929 yards, 12 touchdowns and been intercepted four times. He's rushed for 605 yards and six touchdowns. Senior running back Joseph Fuller has rushed for 421 yards and scored twice. Junior running back Jeremiah Johnson has rushed for 373 yards and scored once. Fuller has caught 11 passes for 221 yards and two scores. Senior running back Jack Douglas has caught nine passes for 130 yards and four touchdowns. Senior receiver Brian Stiles has nine receptions for 255 yards and two touchdowns. ...Junior linebacker Aiijah Bland has made 62 tackles. Senior defensive lineman Charles Davis has 34 tackles and five sacks. Senior linebacker Jermaine Thomas has 46 tackles.