Prep Football: Week 6
By: Warren Mayes
The two schools are close geographically and when Parkway Central goes to Parkway North for Friday’s game expect a full house with excited fans as the high school football season hits Week 6.
“With North being right down the street, the crowd will be big and fired up,” Parkway Central coach Mark Goldenberg said.
Parkway Central snapped a four-game losing streak last year with a 25-7 victory over the Vikings.
“I would rate the Parkway North-Parkway Central rivalry as a very competitive one,” Vikings coach Bob Bunton said. “Typically, the game we play each year has great playoff implications. We have both been in the same district for a long time and it is always a great game.”
The yearly contest between the two Suburban South schools is one Bunton’s squad anticipates as a highlight on the schedule.
“I think it is a game where both sides look forward to playing,” Bunton said.
“Parkway North is the school closest to us, so all the kids know each other and want the bragging rights,” Goldenberg said. “Our kids always look forward to playing the Parkways, because they know kids on those teams.
Bunton said his Vikings will have to dig deep to deny the Colts a home on Parkway North’s turf.
“Parkway Central looks scary on tape with their great balance and great defense,” Bunton said. “They are always well coached and play great football in all three phases.
“We are going to have to play mistake-free football and be physical because Parkway Central knocks you around.”
Goldenberg expects to see the Vikings motivated and fired up to face his Colts.
“I know they are a well-coached, hard-nosed team,” Goldenberg said. “We will need to play well in all facets of the game and control both lines of scrimmage.”
There is a rare game set for Thursday, Sept. 27 with a 7 p.m. kickoff: De Smet at SLUH.
Here are the games, all with kickoffs at 7 p.m., for Friday, Sept. 28: Parkway West at Webster Groves, Mehlville at Parkway South, Lafayette at Lindbergh, Eureka at Marquette, Chaminade at CBC, Cardinal Ritter at Kennedy and Priory at Lutheran South.
Here are the games, both with kickoffs at 1 p.m., for Saturday, Sept. 29: MICDS at Lutheran North and John Burroughs at Westminster Christian Academy.
Principia is off this week.