Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Riverview Boosts Hopes with Win over Mccluer N

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Riverview Boosts Hopes with Win over Mccluer N

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Heading into the district mini-tournament portion of the Missouri season, observers noted the power-packed Class 5A group that included Hazelwood East, Sumner and McCluer North. Those teams went into this weekend carrying a combined 20-1 record.

They had better start talking about Riverview Gardens, the fourth and usually forgotten team in that district. The Rams (5-3) pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season Saturday when they trounced previously undefeated McCluer North 28-7 at Riverview.

Kenric Lanier threw two touchdown passes and ran for one TD in helping the Rams take a 20-0 halftime lead. The Rams, not ranked in the Post-Dispatch large-schools poll, will face their biggest challenge next week when they meet top-ranked Hazelwood East in looking for their first postseason game since 1987.

McCluer North (7-1), ranked No. 6 among large schools, will play Sumner next weekend and face an uphill battle at picking up its district playoff berth. The Stars haven't reached the playoffs since 1988. Hazelwood West 34, Hannibal 6

Hazelwood West's victory against visiting Hannibal provided a landmark moment for the program. The Wildcats (5-3) have their most victories in a season since going 5-5 in 1986 and have matched their victory total of the last three seasons.

With Pattonville and Ritenour on tap the next two weeks, West also could be looking at its first playoff berth. Against Hannibal, DeVaughn Black ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns, and Lenny Kelley completed seven of 11 for 151 yards. East St. Louis 12, Lincoln 6

OK, so Lincoln's Tigers didn't win the showdown of archrivals at East St. Louis' Jordan Stadium. But chalk up a moral victory for Lincoln (4-4), which last season lost 72-12 at the hands of the Flyers.

Sophomore Kevin Beard's 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter turned out to be the winner for East St. Louis (6-2), ranked fourth in the area and virtually assured of an Illinois Class 5A playoff berth. Hazelwood Central 28, Normandy 14

Sean Williams ran for 136 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Hawks past visiting Normandy. Hazelwood Central and Normandy each has a 4-4 record. …

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