FRIDAY, SEPT. 9
FOOTBALL: WEBSTER GROVES AT SLUH, 7 P.M.—A clash of two of titans, these longtime rivals bumped heads last season with Webster’s defense putting a choke hold on the budding Junior Billiken offense. This time, though, coach Cliff Ice brings a different group of Statesmen into the city. SLUH coach Gary Kornfeld boasts a potent offensive attack that will be out for revenge. Webster will rely on senior quarterback Rayshawn Simmons to continue putting up the gaudy numbers we’ve come to expect from the Statesmen.
FOOTBALL: VIANNEY AT CHAMINADE, 7 P.M.—Vianney Mike Diffley returns to Chaminade for the first time since taking over the Golden Griffins last May. Diffley was the offensive coordinator at Chaminade the last seven years and helped unleash the beast that was Rob Standard, the metropolitan region’s all-time leading rusher.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 10
CROSS COUNTRY: THE FOREST PARK XC FESTIVAL AT FOREST PARK, 10:30A.M. —This is a monster of a meet. Hosted by SLUH, last year’s event featured 58 boys teams and 42 girls teams just at the varsity level. The field is broken up into large and small school divisions. If you want to see some of the very best runners in the Midwest, this is the place to be.
FOOTBALL: MICDS AT JOHN BURROUGHS, 1 P.M.—Things were not right with the MICDS football universe last season. The Rams slogged their way to a 5-5 record and, shockingly, were hammered 21-0 by rival Burroughs. Last year’s win marked the first time in at least the last five years that the Bombers managed to walk off the gridiron with a victory over MICDS. Back with a vengeance this season, the Rams are led by Mizzou recruit and general wunderkind Michael Sherer who’s 6-3 and 230 pound of knock-your-block-off. When this day is over the Rams expect all to be right in their universe.
FIELD HOCKEY: MICDS AT JOHN BURROUGHS, 1:30 P.M.—Not only is this two rivals taking on one another, but this is a rematch of last season’s Midwest Field Hockey Tournament championship game. Burroughs won that game and brought home its 10th state title. MICDS has lots of fresh faces and will be aiming to upset the heavily favored defending champions.
BOYS SOCCER: MICDS AT JOHN BURROUGHS, 4:30 P.M. —When the boys are done playing football, they’ll start playing futbol. The capper to a rivalry fueled day off Price Road, this game should be entertaining. The teams split their two meetings last fall.
FOOTBALL: DE SMET VS. CBC AT THE EDWARD JONES DOME, 7 P.M. —The feature game of the inaugural Great American Football Classic is a doozy. Blood rivals CBC and De Smet knock heads to see who has the inside track to the Metro Catholic Conference championship. Last season, CBC took home the league crown, beating DeSmet in the process. This game should feature plenty of high-flying offense and lots of hard hitting. DeSmet dynamo Durron Neal is a blur and should set the Edward Jones Dome turf on fire. CBC puts its trust in senior quarterback Dalton Demos.
MONDAY, SEPT. 12
BOYS SOCCER: KENNEDY AT BAYLESS, 4:15 P.M.—They don’t get a lot of love because they’re so small, but the Celts and Bronchos (yep, there’s an H in there) are two of the better programs in the area this fall. Under longtime coach Tom Rapp, Kennedy always is a threat to make its way to the Soccer Park and add a plaque to its decorated history. Bayless is the newcomer. The Bronchos were an OT goal away from knocking off Class 1 powerhouse Whitfield in the quarterfinals last season. Bayless returns most of its impressive lineup and boasts a depth few small schools can match.
BOYS SOCCER: PRIORY AT ST. MARY’S, 6:15 P.M.—Another tilt between two of the top smaller soccer programs in the area. St. Mary’s is the defending Class 2 champion. Priory has made a habit out of playing in the postseason but was knocked out in district play by eventual third-place finisher Clayton. Both St. Mary’s Jeff Robben and Priory’s John Mohrmann are two of the most respected coaches in the area. It should be a fast-paced, physical matchup of perennial contenders.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 13
BOYS SOCCER: WHITFIELD AT CBC, 6 P.M.—Whitfield always enters the playoffs with a record that’s not so easy on the eyes. Then the Warriors matchup against their Class 1 competition and prove they have little competition. Whitfield has won seven of the last nine Class 1 state championships. One of the reasons is coach Bill Daues tests his team against one of the most rigorous schedules around. The Warriors take on all comers including neighbor mighty neighbor CBC.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14
FIELD HOCKEY: LADUE VS. CLAYTONAT GAY FIELD, 4 P.M.—Ladue has been one of the strongest public school programs in field hockey under coach Barb Dwyer. The Rams take their show on the road to rival Clayton. Ladue has won four in a row and six of the last nine against the Greyhounds. Clayton last knocked off the Rams in 2008.