Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mccluer Holds Black to 58 Yards in 34-12 Upset of Hazelwood W

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mccluer Holds Black to 58 Yards in 34-12 Upset of Hazelwood W

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In the Suburban North Conference, football teams are vulnerable to upset, as the Hazelwood West Wildcats learned Saturday in a 34-12 loss to McCluer at Busch Stadium.

McCluer (1-1) held West's DeVaughn Black to 58 yards rushing on 18 carries, as the Comets rebounded from last week's 26-20 overtime loss to Lafayette.

Black, a senior halfback, managed an 8-yard touchdown run to open the scoring but was shut down the rest of the way. Last season, he rushed for 1,823 yards and scored 20 touchdowns.

McCluer led 13-6 at halftime. bh After West's Mark Middendor blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone to pull the Wildcats (1-1) to 13-12, the Comets pulled away.

Lutheran North 35, Berkeley 0: Lutheran North has a tradition for high-octane football.fsJ

With four state championships and five title-game appearances cMg the Crusaders remain strong.

They proved it Saturday, routing host Berkeley in a nonconference game. The Crusaders' rushing tandem of Chevron Williams and Deric Johnson combined for 209 yards, as Lutheran North improved to 2-0. Berkeley dropped to 0-2.

Lutheran North middle linebacker Ben Berry notched 12 solo tackles, including two sacks, for the Crusaders2.

"We were happy with the rushing game," Lutheran North coach Mike Russell said.

"I was especially pleased with Chevron. He was hobbled with a sprained ankle, and he really got going."

Williams carried the ball only six times but averaged 17 yards a carry.

"We're trying to become more consistent," Russell said. "We lost a lot of kids. Last year, we had 19 seniors and only nine are left this year. We're trying to get some kids to take charge."

Sophomore Ryan Mays has certainly stepped up. After returning a punt 75 yards in North's opener against Affton last week, Mays caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nathan Mueller in the second quarter for a 21-0 Crusaders' lead. …

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