Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

At Micds, It's Beginning to Feel like Old Times Again in Football

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

At Micds, It's Beginning to Feel like Old Times Again in Football

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In the 1980s, an esprit de corps permeated the hallways of Country Day School. Teachers and students at the west St. Louis County school walked with a perceptible pride and championship football blossomed from the institution's ivy-covered walls.

Nothing got in the way of the Rams' athletic majesty. Nothing.

"If a team beat us, no matter what kind of season they had they could look back and say `We beat Country Day,' " said senior halfback Matt Digiulio. "I think it's because of tradition and how good teams have been in the past," he said. It's been 10 years since Country Day - now Mary Institute-Country Day School - has played in the Show-Me Bowl, but the Rams are riding an emotional high called title fever. On Saturday, MICDS (12-0) will meet Maryville (12-1) in the Class 3A championship game at the Trans World Dome. Kickoff is 3 p.m. Although it's been a decade since the Rams lofted their helmets in celebration of a state championship, football has maintained a special place in the hearts of the school's players and fans. "It's just a sense of pride in the school," Digiulio said. "You have to look back at the Country Day part of it," he said, referring to the years when the school was an all-boys preparatory school. Country Day merged its curriculum with neighboring Mary Institute Institute in 1991. Even if some thought it detracted from bygone days, "football always was something to rally around," Digiulio said. In 1985 and '86, they rallied around Mike Mayweather, a running back who set all the school's rushing marks while leading Country Day to successive state championships. Later he became Army's career rushing leader, emerged as a Heisman Trophy candidate and served as an inspiration to future Country Day football players. Coach Ron Holtman the man responsible for rallying the troops. He's in his 31st season at Country Day and has compiled a 255-49-5 mark and five state championships, including three in four seasons between 1983 and 1986. …

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