Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Zumwalt South in Homecoming vs. Duchesne

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Zumwalt South in Homecoming vs. Duchesne

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Don Morris expects to feel a little strange Saturday afternoon. But only for a few minutes.

"I know a lot of kids on both sides and I'm expecting a very competitive football game," said Morris, the first-year football coach at Fort Zumwalt South High.

Morris left Duchesne after four seasons to take a teaching/coaching position at South last summer. The two teams will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday in South's homecoming game.

The Bulldogs, coming off their first victory of the season, are 1-5 overall and 1-1 in the Gateway Athletic Conference. Duchesne, coming off a humbling 58-21 loss to Wentzville, is 4-2 and 2-2.

"I don't think this is any sort of grudge match," Morris said. "I feel I left Duchesne on good terms and I think the people there understand my decision to leave. I enjoyed the time I spent at Duchesne, but it was time to move on."

Morris said that last week's 12-10 victory over Troy had relieved some pressure for the Bulldogs. But now it's time to build on that success.

"We didn't expect to win all our games, but we also didn't figure to be 0-5," he said. "It was good to get that first win and hopefully we can continue to improve as the season goes on. We know Duchesne's a good football team and that we're going to have to play well to win Saturday.

"It's our homecoming, so hopefully that'll get our guys a little more fired up."

But Morris also expects Duchesne to be fired up.

"Most teams get ticked off when they lose and I'm sure the kids at Duchesne will be ready to play Saturday," he said. "Our games the last few years have been pretty competitive and I'd expect the same Saturday afternoon."

Duchesne was ranked sixth in the Post-Dispatch small-school poll last week.

In games at 7:30 tonight:

Troy at Francis Howell North - Another team coming off its first victory of the season is Howell North, 1-5 overall and 0-1 in GAC play. Troy (2-4 and 0-2) has dropped its last four games.

Howell North's Chris Crabtree is among the area leaders in rushing/receiving yards (1,051) and return yards (452).

Francis Howell at St. Charles - The Vikings, ranked 15th in last week's Post-Dispatch large-school poll, are 2-0 atop the GAC and 5-1 overall. …

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