Prep Football-Week 8
By: Warren Mayes
The game of the week could be a donnybrook with the Suburban South Conference championship on the line.
The Kirkwood Pioneers, the top-ranked Class 5 team in the state, will play at Parkway Central in the top game in Week 8. Kickoff for the Oct. 12 game is 7 p.m.
Parkway Central is ranked No. 5 in the state at presstime. Both teams are undefeated. They feature strong running games and stout defenses.
The two teams have split games in the last four years. Last season, Kirkwood scored a 41-20 victory over the Colts. Two years ago, Parkway Central earned a 17-10 triumph and a 28-7 win in 2009. In 2009, Kirkwood prevailed 32-14.
Parkway Central’s defense has allowed 11 points a game through the first six games of the season.
Augie Brooks leads the Colts’ running game with 830 yards. Jake Bushman has gained 405 yards and Michael Slater has added 221 yards.
Quarterback Zach Lazenby has thrown for six touchdowns and 513 yards with just one interception.
Kirkwood features a balanced running attack, led by three backs.
Ramon Alton leads the way with 570 yards at presstime. He averages 7.8 yards a carry and has scored 10 touchdowns.
Jordan Bishop has 299 yards and seven touchdowns. Blake Goddard has 225 yards.
Bishop also is the quarterback. He has thrown for 750 yards and completed 58 percent of his passes. He has thrown for 10 touchdowns while getting intercepted just once.
In the first six games of the season, Kirkwood’s defense is giving up just over 12 points a game.
Here are the Oct.12 games, all with 7 p.m. kickoffs unless noted: Lindbergh at Marquette, Helias at CBC, Eureka at Fox, Principia at Brentwood, Cape Girardeau Central at Chaminade, Parkway North at Seckman, University City at Parkway West and Parkway South at Lafayette at 7:30 p.m.
Here are the games for Oct. 13, all at 1 p.m. unless noted: Affton at Priory, St. Dominic at MICDS and DuBourg at Westminster Christian Academy at 2 p.m.
De Smet and Kennedy are both off this week.