Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Vikings Not Complaining about Route to Playoffs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Vikings Not Complaining about Route to Playoffs

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It wasn't the way the Francis Howell High Vikings wanted to make the playoffs. But they're not complaining.

Despite losing 20-3 Friday at Parkway South - it was the Vikings' first loss of the season - Howell still managed to come out on top in Class 5A District 9. With their second consecutive playoff berth, the Vikings (9-1) will play Wednesday at Columbia Hickman.

St. Charles West (9-1) also secured a playoff berth Friday, beating Troy 56-20 to capture the Class 4A District 7 title. The Warriors play Wednesday at Jefferson City Helias. Turnovers and the Patriots' power running game caused all sorts of problems for the Vikings, ranked sixth in the the Post-Dispatch large-schools poll. Parkway South (7-3) was ranked 14th. Senior fullback/defensive end Ray Ferguson led the way for South, carrying 20 times for 126 yards and three touchdowns. He scored on an 18-yard run in the first quarter, a 3-yard run in the second and a 4-yard run in the third. Howell's only points came on a 22-yard field goal by Kevin Deptula in the third quarter. The field goal cut the South lead to 13-3, but the Patriots came right back. Forced to play catch-up, Howell quarterback J.V. Williams was intercepted four times and the normally sure-handed Vikings lost a pair of fumbles in the contest. Howell, Parkway North and Parkway South all finished 2-1 with point differentials of plus-13 in district play. The next tiebreaker - win-loss percentage against common opponents - didn't apply, so the playoff berth came down to the third tie-breaker: win-loss percentage for the season. Howell finsished 9-1, Parkway North 8-2 and Parkway South 7-3. So the Vikings are in. In other Friday action . . . ST. CHARLES WEST 52, TROY 20 - Sophomore Tauras Ferguson scored on runs of 66, 45, 49 and 26 yards to lead the eighth-ranked Warriors past past the visiting Trojans (1-9). West finished 4-1 in the Gateway Athletic Conference while Troy was 1-4. Brian Conway added scoring runs of 43 and 3 yards for the Warriors, who led 35-14 by halftime and 49-14 going into the final quarter. Quarterback T.J. Lauck notched his team-leading 18th touchdown of the year, on a one-yard run, and Ryan Mosher added a 1-yard run to close out the West scoring. …

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