Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ladue to Butt Heads with Rival Clayton

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ladue to Butt Heads with Rival Clayton

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It's been two years since the Ladue Rams played a bigger high school football game.

The latest blockbuster is expected Saturday when Ladue plays host to Suburban East Conference rival Clayton in a 2 p.m. kickoff.

The starting time was moved back one hour because of homecoming festivities.

For Ladue (4-1), the celebration won't be complete without a victory over Clayton (5-0).

"We feel like this is a game for the conference title," Ladue coach Jerry Maher said. Ladue (1-0) and Clayton (1-0) are unbeaten in the Suburban East.

Two years ago, Ladue squeezed by Clayton 16-10. Later that season, Ladue upset previously unbeaten Webster Groves 15-13, knocking the Statesmen out of the postseason picture.

In Ladue, Saturday's game carries comparable significance.

"The one thing that's important about this game," Maher said, "is that (Clayton) is closer to us. A lot of these kids know each other, and this game will give us bragging rights, if we win."

Clayton is ranked No. 2 in the Post-Dispatch's poll of area small schools and seventh in Missouri Class 3A.

Clayton is led by All-Suburban East Conference quarterback Alan Feutz and wide receiver Lev Kozak. Feutz last season passed for 1,326 yards, including 603 to Kozak.

Through five games, Feutz has completed 44 of 92 passes for 750 yards. Kozak has 17 catches for 288 yards. Running back Chris Connolly has rushed for 470 yards.

Although Jennings is off to a surprising 4-1 start, Clayton and Ladue are considered the teams to beat in league play.

Last season, Ladue went to the Class 4A quarterfinals, only to be eliminated by Columbia Rock Bridge for the second year in succession.

Clayton, meanwhile, was knocked out of the first round of the Class 3A playoffs by Mary Institute-Country Day School 21-14.

Ladue's forte is speed and quickness, led by quarterback Duane "Scooter" Hawthorne, who has rolled up 637 yards of total offense, including 326 yards passing.

Running backs Terrell Watson and Alberic Massenberg have combined for 514 yards and six touchdowns. …

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