Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

151030footballspot

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

151030footballspot

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BENTON PARK * Darrion Glover can't pinpoint how he earned his nickname. He just knows it stuck to him in eighth grade.

"Only my teachers or the principal calls me Darrion," Glover said with a grin.

Everyone else in the halls of Lift For Life Academy knows him as Blockhead.

It's not derisive so much as descriptive. A senior quarterback and linebacker for the Lift For Life football team, Glover plays with a reckless abandon. At 5-foot-9 and a rock solid 200 pounds, he's compact and powerful. It's easy to see why he's qualified for the state wrestling tournament three years in a row.

"His head is shaped like a block. It's hard as a block, too," Lift For Life coach Gary Johnson said. "If you'd see him you'd know why they call him Blockhead. He's tough."

Like a blockhead, Glover is also stubborn particularly in the face of adversity. That hard-headed refusal to quit had a historic payoff last week.

Lift For Life earned the first postseason victory in school history.

The No. 5 seed in the Class 3 District 2 field, Lift For Life (4- 6) hammered No. 4 Confluence 42-6 and advanced to play at top seed John Burroughs (9-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday.

It cannot be overstated how much that postseason win meant to the program and the senior class. Their freshman and sophomore seasons, the varsity's current seniors went a combined 0-20. As juniors they finished 1-9. They pulled out a 6-0 win at St. Vincent. It might not seem like much, but that one victory gave the Hawks something to believe in.

"That changed everything," senior running back Travon Moorehead said. "That first win led to four more."

It's hard to win football games at any level. The challenges Lift For Life faces only make it tougher.

The Hawks have no home field. They play nine road games every season.

With no facility on campus, the football team practices at any of three parks in the city. The Hawks rotate between Cherokee Park, Soulard Park and 12th and Park.

Cherokee Park is their preferred spot. In the shadow of both the Anheuser-Busch brewery and the Lemp brewery, Cherokee Park is half a city block of green space with two sets of soccer lines in the outfield of a weedy baseball diamond. …

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