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Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 12:26 pm

FRIDAY, OCT. 14

FOOTBALL:

WEBSTER GROVES AT CHAMINADE, 7 P.M.—One of the best rivalries of the last handful of years lost some sizzle when Chaminade College Preparatory High School graduated nearly all of its offensive firepower in the spring. The Red Devils were thought to be left for dead but have handled themselves admirably through the first part of their schedule. The heat has been turned up here lately, though as they’ve lost to St. Louis University High, CBC and De Smet Jesuit three straight weeks. The first week of district play brings another stout team in Webster Groves High School. The undefeated Statesmen have brushed off all challengers so far this season. They head into Chaminade for the first time since 2008. That year the Red Devils knocked off the Statesmen and put an end to their season in district play.

DE SMET AT LINDBERGH, 7 P.M.—Lindbergh High School lost three games last season. Two of them were to De Smet, including a state quarterfinal loss that embarrassed the Flyer faithful. One year later Lindbergh gets to play host to its newest district rival in what should be an explosive, high-scoring game. Lindbergh has all kinds of offensive firepower and quarterback Peter Simpson is back under center after a less than stellar performance last fall. De Smet has super-duper star and Oklahoma recruit Durron Neal, who can play all over the place. Last year, he was at quarterback when he ripped out the Flyers’ heart and spiked it in the end zone time and again. As far as district matchups go, there are few better than this one.

SATURDAY, OCT. 15

FOOTBALL:

LADUE AT MICDS, 1 P.M.—The War on Warson. Read more about this matchup in our feature story in this section.

BOYS SOCCER:

SLUH AT DE SMET 2 P.M.—These Metro Catholic Conference rivals meet for the second time this season. The Spartans pinned a 2-1 loss on the Junior Billikens back in the opening round of the CBC Tournament. Since then both teams have only gotten better. SLUH is led by the never-ending energy of Ryan Merrifield up top and the stellar defensive backline that includes four-year starter Joe Rund. De Smet continues to get outstanding offensive play from attacking midfielder Louis Berra and the dynamic forward duo of Prince Kabadeh and B.J. Tucker.

TUESDAY, OCT. 18

FIELD HOCKEY:

JOHN BURROUGHS AT ST. JOSEPH’S ACADEMY, 4 P.M.—The past two Midwest Field Hockey Tournament champions clash in what should be a dynamite match. St. Joe was the only team to beat the Bombers last fall. John Burroughs School takes everyone’s best shot every match and has yet to lose to a local team.

BOYS SOCCER:

PRIORY VS. CLAYTON AT GAY FIELD, 5:30 P.M.—You want rematches made in heaven? St. Louis Priory School owes Clayton High School a pretty good one after last year’s district semifinal match. The Rebels, one of the best teams in the state regardless of size, were knocked out by the Greyhounds 1-0. Clayton then rolled into the final four while the Rebels sat at home and wondered what could have been. This is their first meeting since that fateful day last fall.

THURSDAY, OCT. 20

FIELD HOCKEY:

COR JESU AT JOHN BURROUGHS, 4 P.M.—The biggest test for Cor Jesu Academy this season comes right at the end. The Chargers have been lighting up nearly every opponent on their schedule. They lead the MWAA division in goals scored and have the look of a team that could return the program to its glory days when the state championship went through Cor Jesu. Burroughs, as mentioned above, has taken on all comers with impressive results.

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