Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pattonville Beat Ritenour

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pattonville Beat Ritenour

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS * Pattonville refused to return the gifts.

The Pirates turned two third quarter fumbles by visiting Ritenour into 14 points to pull away for a 34-14 win in a Suburban XII South football game on Friday night.

Pattonville quarterback Kaleb Eleby overcame three first half turnovers to go 16 for 22 passing for 336 yards and three touchdown passes. He also ran in another as Pattonville (4-3, 3-0), No. 8 in Class 5 in the state rankings, beat Ritenour for the first time since 2014.

Charles Shelton IV caught five balls for 132 yards and a touchdown. Sam Sanderson rushed for 89 yards for the Pirates.

"I had to use my teammates," Eleby said. "Three picks in the first half, having to overcome that and still stay poised and focused, it was a good thing. Eliminate mistakes, trust in one another and keep it going."

The Pirates forced three turnovers and kept Ritenour's high-powered offense, which entered the game averaging 42 points a game, to a season low.

"The key was stop (Ritenour quarterback Mann) McGruder, that's the key," Pattonville coach Steve Smith said. "That kid is dynamite."

McGruder rushed for 145 yards and a score and passed for 83 as Ritenour (6-2, 3-1), No. 8 in the STLhighschoolsports large school rankings, lost for the second week in a row.

"We got smacked in the mouth up front," Ritenour coach Hoyt Gregory said. "It hasn't happened all year long. I give Pattonville a lot of credit. Then you start pressing to make things right and then you make more mistakes."

Pattonville capitalized on a Ritenour fumble midway through the third as Dakari Streeter recovered the ball for the Pirates on the Huskies' 38. David Ellison capped a 5-play drive with a 5-yard touchdown run and he also ran in the 2-point try to give Pattonville a 21-7 lead.

Ritenour was burned by another turnover on its next drive as Pattonville's DeAndre James recovered a fumble on the Huskies' 46. Seven plays later, Eleby found Tim Kettler for a 10-yard touchdown pass to make it 27-7 Pattonville. …

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