Here’s a list of the top performers for week 1 of the high school football season:
Jeremy Schooler, RB: and Kienen Waller, QB: Belleville East
Schooler made his debut as a starter one to remember as he ran for 122 yards and a touchdown in the Lancers opening night 45-31 loss at St. Louis Chaminade. Senior quarterback Kienen Waller also had a solid performance, running for 95 yards and a touchdown. Waller also threw fr 173 yards and added a pair of touchdown passes.
Jack McCloskey, Belleville West, QB
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McCloskey threw four first half touchdown passes in the Maroons 41-16 win over Riverview Gardens on Friday. Included in McCloskey’s big night were scoring passes of 15 and 49 yards to Dominic Lovett.
Max Kampwerth, Central, QB
Kampwerth completed 14-of-18 for 196 yards, including an 18-yard scoring toss to Garrett Richter as the Cougars opened the season with a hard-fought win over Wood River.
Jordan Spangenberg, Central, RB-LB
A senior, Spangenberg was a difference maker on both sides ot the football as he ran for 97 yards on 16 carries while adding 10 tackles on defense to help key the Cougars opening night win.
Vincent Perry, RB and Malik Shaw, QB, Cahokia
Looking to get back on track after a couple of sub-par seasons, the Comanches received solid opening night efforts from Perry and Shaw in a lopsided win over Collinsville.
Perry rushed for 120 yards while Shaw was 11-of-16 through the air in the Comanches 32-point win.
Shannon Hudson, Cahokia, LB
Hudson led a swarming Comanches defense with 13 solo tackles and assisted on two more as Cahokia dominated non-conference foe Collinsville.
Donavan Bieber, Columbia, RB
The top-ranked school in the News-Democrat preseason small school poll, Columbia needed and got a huge effort out of BIeber in a 36-35 win over Mascoutah. Bieber rushed for 202 yards on 22 attempts while scoring on runs of 73 and 17 yards
Tyler Kyle, Dupo, QB
Kyle sparked a Tigers team which gave defending Cahokia Conference champion Wesclin a battle before falling just short.
Kyle rushed for 89 yards and was 14 of 22 for 244 yards and a touchdown as Dupo fell 48-38 on Friday.
Kendall Abdur-Rahman, Edwardsville, QB
The reigning News-Democrat Large School Player of the Year, Abdur-Rahman ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns while adding three touchdown passes in the Tigers 63-0 win over McCluer North.
Tyler Macon, East St. Louis QB:
Making his first varsity start, Macon was one of the bright spots on an otherwise disappointing day as he accounted for over 260 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in the Flyers 52-38 loss to Detroit King High School on Saturday.
Macon ran for 98 yards and scored on runs of 4, 6, 1 and 5 yards. Macon was also 12 of 23 in the air for 187 yards.
Sydney Houston, East St. Louis, LB
The 6-2, 230-pound Houston had 11 tackles and assisted on three more in the Flyers loss to Detroit King.
Tanner Little, RB and Cal Clossen, QB: Freeburg
Little made a big difference in the Midgets season opening rout over Sparta as he carried the football 21 times for 174 yards and two touchdowns. Clossen was 12 of-16 for 196 yards and finished the night with four touchdown passes.
Jerry Watson, RB and Freddy Edwards, QB, Granite City
After gaining over 1,000 yards a year ago, Watson picked up where he left off as he gained 210 yards and scored on a 65-yard touchdown run in the Warriors win over Jersey.
Edwards, who missed the final six games of the ‘17 season with a shoulder injury, ran for 186 yards and scored three times, while also passing for 128 yards and a pair of scores.
Jack Etter, QB and Sam LaPorta, WR, Highland
Replacing all-state quarterback Garrett Marti, Etter was outstanding in his debut , finishing 17-of-31 for 273 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs 21-0 win at Alton.
LaPorta, also a first-team all-state selection a year ago, grabbed 10 receptions for 180 yards.
Devin Wills, Mascoutah, RB
Wills scored on an 80 yard run and finished with 183 yards on 24 carries as the Indians fell a point short in their 36-35 loss to Columbia.
Logan Ratermann, Mater Dei. RB
Ratermann scored on a pair of short touchdown runs and finished with 102 yards on 19 attempts as the Knights opened with a win at Effingham.
Amaziah Lusk, Triad, RB
Lusk ran for 115 yards but a late rally fell short iin a 28-23 loss at Mattoon.
Brandt Goings, QB and Gavin Bilbruck, RB, Wesclin
Running behind a huge and experienced offensive line, Goings and Blibruck combined to rush for nearly 300 yards in the Warriors win over Dupo.
Goings finished with 119 yards and tallied on runs of 13 and eight yards while throwing a pair of touchdown passes. Bilbruck had scoring runs of 24 and 37 yards and finished with 176 yards on the ground.