Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Brentwood Faces Stiff Test; Ladue Moves On

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Brentwood Faces Stiff Test; Ladue Moves On

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BRENTWOOD * As the sun settled into the horizon, the Brentwood High football team was reminded of how far it has come.

The Eagles aren't used to practicing after sunset. Some of them would have long since turned in their pads. Others would be under the lights at basketball practice.

Tuesday night, though, the Eagles weren't in the gym. They hadn't turned in their pads. They were under the lights at their home field putting the finishing touches on football practice and loving every minute of it.

"Practicing right now, I still can't believe it," senior running back and defensive back Kaylon Jenkins said. "It hasn't hit me yet that we're this far."

The Eagles are in the semifinals for the first time since their 2009 state runner-up finish. And the challenge ahead of them couldn't be greater.

Lamar is coming.

Brentwood (11-1) hosts Lamar (12-0) in a Class 2 semifinal at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Lamar, the five-time defending Class 2 champion, owns the state's longest win streak at 33 games. The No. 1 team in Class 2, Lamar has beaten its opponents by an average of 53-8 this season. It hasn't lost to a Class 2 team since Maplewood-Richmond Heights beat it in the 2010 state semifinals.

"It's pretty crazy to think about. We've been thinking about them the past four years," Brentwood senior quarterback Skylar Sappington said. "Coach (Keith) Herring always uses them as an example of a great team to watch and now we get a chance to play them. It should be pretty fun. We're all pretty hyped up to play them."

EAST ST. LOUIS GOES NORTH, AGAIN

The City of Champions has hosted its final home game of the season.

The No. 1 large school in the STLhighschoolsports.com rankings and the No. 2 seed, East St. Louis (12-0) will travel to the Chicago- land area when it takes on No. 20 seed Benet (10-2) at 2 p.m. Saturday in a Class 7A semifinal.

It's the second consecutive week and third time this season the Flyers have motored north for a game. They opened their season at Providence Catholic. …

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