High School Football

Who got BND Football Game Balls this week? Which teams lead rankings?

Central running back Collin Thomas reached over the goal line to score one of his six touchdowns Friday in the Cougars’ 46-35 Milk Bowl win over Mater Dei.
Central running back Collin Thomas reached over the goal line to score one of his six touchdowns Friday in the Cougars’ 46-35 Milk Bowl win over Mater Dei.

Here are the weekly Belleville News-Democrat Game Balls given to area football players for some top performances in Week 5:

  • Althoff senior running back and Miami (Ohio) recruit Jaylon Bester erupted for a career-high 331 yards and four touchdowns Friday in the Crusaders’ 40-21 South Seven Conference win over previously unbeaten Centralia. His highlight of the night may have been a 73-yard run when the Crusaders were facing a rare third-and-55 play. Bester has racked up a metro-east best 991 yards and 13 TDs on only 58 carries, averaging a whopping 17.1 yards per carry.
  • Red Bud senior running back Ryan Hess was at his defense-destruction best again Friday, running for 301 yards and four TDs in the Musketeers’ 56-30 Cahokia Conference win over Freeburg. Hess is second among area running backs with 947 yards on 80 carries, averaging 11.8 yards per carry. Red Bud quarterback Griffin Ziebold completed 7-of-10 passes for 201 yards and two TDs against the Midgets.
  • East St. Louis got two second-quarter punt returns for touchdowns by Perez Hall Jr. on Friday as the Flyers pounded Belleville West 52-0. Hall had a 38-yard punt return for a TD early in the second quarter, then tacked on a 71-yarder for another score before the first half ended.
  • Central senior running back Collin Thomas wanted to win a Milk Bowl for his high school career ended and he got the job done, running for 216 yards and six TDs Friday in a 46-35 win over rival Mater Dei. Central running back Ben Rakers was also effective in the victory, adding 112 yards rushing on offense and returning an interception 47 yards for a defensive TD.
  • East St. Louis senior quarterback and Missouri recruit Reyondous Estes completed 15-of-23 passes for 364 yards and four TDs in a 52-0 Southwestern Conference win over Belleville West. Estes has thrown for 925 yards and 10 TDs this season with three interceptions.
  • East St. Louis senior All-American receiver Jeff Thomas showed he was healthy again, hauling in six catches for 205 yards and two TDs in a 52-0 win over Belleville West.
  • Althoff senior receiver C.J. Coldon piled up 172 yards on five catches Friday, including a 95-yard TD pass from Trey Mosley, in the Crusaders’ 40-21 win over Centralia. Althoff senior defensive tackle Christian Wills had 10 tackles and three sacks.
  • Columbia junior running back Colton Byrd had a huge night and did it all in the first half, rolling up 172 yards and a school-record six TDs in a 55-6 Cahokia Conference win over Carlyle. Byrd was a man bent on destruction, piling up four TD runs in the first quarter covering 59, 24, 23 and 4 yards. In the second quarter, he had TD runs covering 23 and 21 yards. Byrd has 674 yards rushing this season with 11 TDs.
  • Granite City freshman Freddy Edwards had another big night, rolling up 203 yards rushing and three TDs on 19 carries in a 34-18 Southwestern Conference win over Collinsville. Edwards, playing quarterback, had a 63-yard TD run to open the scoring and later added two more scores, including a 38-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
  • Edwardsville sophomore running back Dionte Rodgers ran for 148 yards and three TDs to help the unbeaten Tigers knock off Belleville East 49-13.
  • Highland senior running back Trent Rakers had 217 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries as the Bulldogs, playing without injured quarterback Garrett Marti, defeated league rival Waterloo 14-3.
  • O’Fallon quarterback Christian Perez completed 13-of-26 passes for 295 yards and four TDs Friday in a 56-28 Southwestern Conference win over Alton.

Norm Sanders: 618-239-2454, @NormSanders

BND Prep Football Rankings

Rankings for metro-east teams; voting by area coaches and News-Democrat staff. First-place votes are in parentheses.

Large school rankings (Class 5A-8A)

Rank

Team

W-L

1. (tie)

East St. Louis (4)

5-0

1.

Edwardsville (3)

5-0

3.

Belleville West

2-3

4.

O’Fallon

2-3

5.

Cahokia

3-2

Also receiving votes: Highland (4-1), Granite City (3-2), Waterloo (3-2), Triad (4-1), Belleville East (1-4)

Small school rankings (Class 1A-4A)

Rank

Team

W-L

1.

Althoff (7)

5-0

2.

Central

5-0

3.

Columbia

5-0

4.

Civic Memorial

4-1

5.

Red Bud

5-0

Also receiving votes: Mater Dei (2-3), Nashville (3-2), Wood River (3-2), Carlyle (1-4), Wesclin (2-3)

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