High School Football

Last call for Game Balls and high school football rankings

Edwardsville Tigers sophomore running back Dionte Rodgers had another big game this week as his team moved to 8-1
Edwardsville Tigers sophomore running back Dionte Rodgers had another big game this week as his team moved to 8-1

Here are the weekly Belleville News-Democrat Game Balls given to area football players for some top performances in Week 9:

  • Columbia junior running back Colton Byrd ripped off 245 yards and five touchdowns on 28 carries Friday in a 48-28 victory over Jerseyville. It was Byrd’s seventh 100-yard rushing game this season and his second of more than 200 yards for the 9-0 Eagles.
  • Edwardsville sophomore running back Dionte Rodgers racked up 161 yards and five TDs on only 14 carries in the first half Friday during the Tigers’ 49-12 Southwestern Conference win over Granite City.
  • East St. Louis quarterback and Missouri recruit Reyondous Estes completed 14-of-20 passes and threw for 205 yards and three TDs in the unbeaten Flyers’ 46-14 Southwestern Conference win over O’Fallon.
  • Collinsville running back Sean Bonham ran 24 times for 119 yards and scored four touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter, as the Kahoks upended Belleville East 35-28 in a SWC game. Trevore Sanders added 124 yards rushing and one TD while Collinsville’s Jarron Williams had two interceptions.
  • Mater Dei senior quarterback Colin Schuetz was 15-of-31 for 227 yards and three TDs in the Knights’ playoff-clinching 27-21 victory over Waterloo. Schuetz has thrown for 1,622 yards and 22 TDs this season, also leading the Knights in rushing with 761 yards and seven touchdowns.
  • Highland quarterback Garrett Marti helped lead the Bulldogs to their eighth straight win after a season-opening loss to Cahokia, throwing for 189 yards and two TDs in a 46-14 win over Charleston. Marti also ran for 97 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Althoff senior C.J. Coldon hauled in eight receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown in the Crusaders’ 37-7 victory over Triad. Althoff quarterback Trey Mosley completed 15-of-23 passes for 245 yards and two TDs.
  • Belleville West senior running backs Kriston Davis (130 yards, one TD) and Paris Johnson (125 yards rushing , three TDs) both had big nights in the Maroons’ playoff-clinching 41-7 SWC victory over Alton. Johnson’s third touchdown came on a 27-yard pass play.
  • Althoff linebackers Bryson Strong and Chris Branson and defensive linemen Christian Wills and Devyn Nash combined for 47 tackles Friday in a win over Triad. Strong had 13 tackles and Branson had 12 while Nash and Wills added 11 stops each.
  • Wesclin running backs K.J. Korley and Zack Swaim were each a big part of the Warriors’ rushing attack that rolled up 473 yards on 54 carries in a 43-30 Cahokia Conference win over Carlyle. Korley had 204 yards and two TDs on 11 carries, including a 57-yard TD run, while Swaim ran for 145 yards and two TDs. Swaim also had a 59-yard TD run.
  • Belleville East quarterback Kienen Waller tossed four TD passes and completed 26-of-35 passes for 287 yards in the Lancers’ 35-28 loss to Collinsville.
  • Freeburg quarterback Bobby Tedesco piled up 170 yards rushing and two TDs and also threw for another score in the Midgets’ 28-20 win over Salem. Tedesco led Freeburg in passing (1,088 yards, 11 TDs) and rushing (983 yards, 12 TDs).
  • Central running back Collin Thomas had 181 yards and three TDs in the Cougars’ 24-21 loss at Herrin.

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.

East St. Louis (7)

9-0

2.

Edwardsville

8-1

3.

O’Fallon

5-4

4.

Belleville West

5-4

5.

Highland

8-1

Also receiving votes: Cahokia (4-5), Granite City (4-5), Triad (6-3), Waterloo (5-4)

Small school rankings (Class 1A-4A)

Rank

Team

W-L

1.

Althoff (7)

9-0

2.

Columbia

9-0

3.

Central

7-2

4.

Mater Dei

5-4

5.

Civic Memorial

5-4

Also receiving votes: Red Bud (7-2), Wood River (6-3), Nashville (5-4), Wesclin (4-5)

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