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Seniors on the Fort Zumwalt West football team include (from left, front row) Hunter Herbst, Alec Piwowarczyk, Logan Anderson, Rayvion Wade, Dashaun Campbell, Jeff Wilson; (second row) Bryce Gullion, Nick Stanczak, Justin Strayhorn, Chris Rood, Logan Smith, August Carr, Kason Brown; (third row) Trevor Kubiak, Jeremy Freihoff, Dylan Bruce, Blake Benoist, Tom Early, Chase Brown, Tyler Castle, Trevor White, Devin Strauss; (fourth row, from left): Malik Catching and Kyle Beeson

Seniors on the Fort Zumwalt West football team include (from left, front row) Hunter Herbst, Alec Piwowarczyk, Logan Anderson, Rayvion Wade, Dashaun Campbell, Jeff Wilson; (second row) Bryce Gullion, Nick Stanczak, Justin Strayhorn, Chris Rood, Logan Smith, August Carr, Kason Brown; (third row) Trevor Kubiak, Jeremy Freihoff, Dylan Bruce, Blake Benoist, Tom Early, Chase Brown, Tyler Castle, Trevor White, Devin Strauss; (fourth row, from left): Malik Catching and Kyle Beeson

Fort Zumwalt West reached the Class 6 quarterfinals in Neil Nowack’s first season with the Jaguars. For his second season, Nowack has seven starters returning on offense and seven on defense. Still, the Jaguars will have their hands full trying to unseat the Francis Howell Vikings as champions of the Gateway South Athletic Conference.Francis Howell, which reached the sectional round of the Class 6 playoffs, has five starters back on offense and seven on offense. Coach Byran Koch has a hard-working group of seniors he is anxious to see in action this fall.

Duchesne coach Charlie Elmendorf enters his 20th season as the Pioneers seek to claim the Archdiocesan Athletic Association title and move on in the postseason.

Look for the Lions of Fort Zumwalt East to roar again after last year’s sparkling 10-1 season. Coach Scott Eacret has four starters back on defense and four on offense from the team that lost to Parkway Central in the third round of the Class 5 playoffs. Parkway Central is in the same district so they could very well meet again in the late fall.

In Class 4, the St. Charles West Warriors have six starters back on offense and six on defense from last year’s 10-3 squad that reached the quarterfinals. Coach Gary Strauss is entering his 15th season as the head coach and he is expecting to field another competitive squad.

The O’Fallon Christian Eagles have five starters back on offense and six on defense from last year’s 10-1 team that won the Archdiocesan Athletic Association Small Division championship before being ousted in the second round of the Class 3 playoffs by McCluer South-Berkeley. There are a three new head coaches this season. Dave Steinbacher is back for a second stint at Lutheran St. Charles. Matt Marty left and Steinbacher has returned. Steinbacher was the Cougars’ head coach from 1996 to 2000. St. Dominic’s Jim Cook departed and Blake Markway will be entering first year as head coach of the Crusaders. Markway has been the head coach for the previous two years at Warsaw.

Eric Schroer takes over the head coaching chores at Orchard Farm. He has a total of 11 starters back from last year’s 5-6 squad for his debut season with the Eagles.

THE COMPETITION

Archdiocesan Athletic Association Small Division: Cardinal Ritter, Kennedy, Lutheran St. Charles, Christian and Trinity Catholic

Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division: Bishop DuBourg, Duchesne, St. Dominic, St. Francis Borgia and  St. Mary’s

Class 2 District 5: Brentwood, Hermann, Lutheran North, Lutheran, Maplewood, Principia, Transportation and Law High and Trinity Catholic

Class 3 District 5: Centralia, Duchesne, Macon, Missouri Military Academy, Christian, Orchard Farm, Winfield and Wright City

Class 4 District 3: Clayton, Jennings, MICDS, Riverview Gardens, St. Charles, St. Charles West, St. Dominic and University City

Class 5 District 3: Fort Zumwalt East, Fort Zumwalt North, Fort Zumwalt South, Holt, Parkway Central, Parkway North and Parkway West

Class 6 District 2: CBC, De Smet Jesuit, Francis Howell Central, Francis Howell North, Hazelwood Central, Hazelwood West, Ritenour and SLUH

Class 6 District 3: Blue Springs, Francis Howell, Fort Zumwalt West, Hickman, Jefferson City, Rock Bridge, Timberland and Troy Buchanan

Gateway Athletic Central Conference (GAC Central): Fort Zumwalt East, Fort Zumwalt North, Fort Zumwalt South, Holt and Washington

Gateway Athletic North Conference (GAC North): Orchard Farm, St. Charles, St. Charles West, Warrenton and  Winfield

Gateway Athletic South Conference (GAC South): Fort Zumwalt West, Francis Howell, Francis Howell Central, Francis Howell North, Timberland and Troy Buchanan

 

DUCHESNE PIONEERS 

2013 record: 10-2. Lost 40-13 to McCluer South-Berkeley in Class 3 quarterfinals.

Coach: Charlie Elmendorf, entering 20th year as head coach.

Assistant coaches: Pat Steagall, Hank Barrere, Cory Elmendorf, Shawn Trower, Sam Meyer and Taylor Jasin

Returning starters: 5 offense, 4 defense

Offense: pistol; Defense: 4-3

Players to watch: RB/SS Jared Mosquera, WR/LB Alex Moore, QB/C Nick Thiele,

0L/DL Joe Dandridge, L/LB Hunter Eisenbath, L/DL Tom Malloy, SR FB/LB Will Travous and WR/C Jake Rolfes

Newcomers expected to contribute: 0L Shane Loewenstein, 0L/DL Ethan McCracken, RB/LB Brice Edmondson, WR/DB Jack Busken, SE/DB Andrew Clark and WR/DB Jake Hearst

Team strengths: “We will be solid offensively with experience on the line and skill positions. Defensively, we have strength at linebacker and secondary. We will have good special teams with returning kicker Zach Dodson.”

Goals: “Improve every day, stay healthy, outwork our opponents, play disciplined football, develop depth with young players, win a conference title and advance in state playoffs.”

Favorites to win the AAA: “Duchesne or Borgia.”

 

FORT ZUMWALT EAST LIONS 

2013 record: 10-1. Won Gateway Athletic Central Conference. Lost 46-8 to Parkway Central in third round of Class 5 playoffs.

Coach: Scott Eacret, entering eighth year as head coach.

Assistant coaches: Brett Bevill, Mike Bevill, Rob Hawkins, Jim Klevorn, Bryan Beerman, Don Morris, Don Philips, Kurt Kruse and Taylor Schulz

Returning starters: 4 offense, 4 defense

Offense: pistol; Defense: multiple 30

Players to watch: QB Shane Barret, DB/R Matt Etherton and DB/R Daniel Morris

Newcomers expected to contribute: To be determined.

Team strengths: “Returning an all-state QB and talented receivers.”

Goals: “To win week one.”

Favorites to win the GAC Central: “Fort Zumwalt North or Washington.”

 

FORT ZUMWALT NORTH PANTHERS 

2013 record:  8-3. Finished second in the Gateway Athletic Central Conference. Lost 34-0 to Parkway Central in the second round of districts.

Coach: Joe Bacon

Returning starters: 8 offense, 4 defense

Offense: spread option; Defense: 3-4

Players to watch: DB/WR Justin Fitzpatrick, DB/RB Tré Johnson, QB Brenden Pierce, RB Deon Lewis, WR Sam Bartlett, OL/DL Marcus Lowery, OL Mason Seeger and RB/DB Camren Fullerton

Newcomers expected to contribute: DB Cade Brister

Team strengths: “Athleticism, several years of varsity experience for multiple players and senior leadership.”

Goals: “Improve on last season’s record, compete for the GAC Central title, compete for the District 3 title and play great football every week.”

Favorites to win GAC Central: “Predicted finish for 2014 is 1) Fort. Zumwalt Eas, 2) Holt, 3) Fort  Zumwalt North, 4) Fort Zumwalt South and 5) Washington.”

 

FORT ZUMWALT SOUTH BULLDOGS

2013 record: 2-8

Coach: Scott Fulton, entering eighth year as head coach.

Assistant coaches: Prentice Henderson, Jeff Renz, Chris Galvin, Jeff Auten, Maurice Vick, Jason Caimi, Todd Biri, David Matthews and Ben Burnett

Returning starters: 9 offense, 7 defense

Offense: multiple spread; Defense: 4-3

Players to watch: WR Marshawn Blackmon, KR Marquel Harris, WR/DB Devlyn Hogue, WR  Jack Bratcher, QB/LB Luke Kolisch, K/P Zak McCrary, WR/DB Tyler Nolle, OL Matt Georgie, OL/DL Austin Parres, OL/DL Christian Hundley, OL Jacob Lewis, RB/LB Pendilton Whaley, DB Channon Ross and LB Harrison Stephan

Newcomers expected to contribute: RB/LB Cameron Henderson, WR Kai Collier, WR DJ Burlage, QB Drake Whaley, DL Marcus Forrest and OL Cade Benskin

Team strengths: “Work habits and belief in themselves.”

Goals: “Improve every day as a player and as a person.”

Favorites to win the GAC Central: “Fort Zumwalt East or Fort Zumwalt North.”

 

FORT ZUMWALT WEST JAGUARS

2013 record: 8-4. Lost to Columbia Rock Bridge 28-19 in Class 6 quarterfinals.

Coach: Neil Nowack, entering second year as head coach.

Assistant coaches: Rod Murchison, Ben Pike, Tim Fine, Dan Zull, Chad Towers, Matt Haynes, Bryan Carroll, Ric Troupe, Mike Rimmer, Dan Hayes, Kollin Groves, Ryan Haskell and Jami Webb

Returning starters: 7 offense, 7 defense

Offense: spread; Defense: 4-2-5

Players to watch: S Dylan Bruce, S Blake Benoist, LB Rourke Penn, DL Devin Strauss, DL Kason Brown, DL Tom Early, QB Chase Brown, OL Christian Demand, OL Dean Raft, WR Logan Andersen, Kicker Nick Stanczak, CB Donovan Killeen and WR/QB Jake Strauss

Newcomers expected to contribute: LB Christian Kerr and RB Ethan Staskewicz

 

 

Team strengths: “We have strong senior leadership and a great group of young men that work extremely hard. We return seven starters on a defensive that was our strength last season. We have the opportunity to be very good defensively again this year.”

Goals: “Get better and improve every day, play hard, and play the right way.”

Favorites to win the GAC South: “Francis Howell.”

 

FRANCIS HOWELL VIKINGS 

2013 record: 8-3. Won Gateway Athletic South Conference. Lost 18-13 to Fort Zumwalt West in Class 6 sectional round.

Coach: Bryan Koch, entering eighth year as head coach.

Assistant coaches: Alan Wilmes, John Locke, Jason Skidmore, Justin Schmidt, Jacob Cole, Hosea Franklin, Zach Wierzbicki, Mark Malawey, Eric Mitchell, Mike Muench, Malach Radigan, Brad Livingston, Carl Wayne, Sam Kohler and Mark Henley

Returning starters: 5 offense, 7 defense

Offense: spread option; Defense: 3-4

Players to watch: “Our senior class has put in a ton of work over the last three years. We have a great group of seniors to lead our program.”

Newcomers expected to contribute: “Our underclassmen have worked equally as hard, and will provide competition at every position.”

Team strengths: “We will play hard in all three facets of the game.”

Goals: “The Vikings will be great in the classroom first.”

Favorites to win the GAC South: “All of the teams in our conference can compete every year for the GAC title.”

 

FRANCIS HOWELL CENTRAL SPARTANS

2013 record: 7-4

Coach: Todd Berck, entering eighth year as head coach.

Assistant coaches: Jim Greco, Larry McDevitt, Marcelo Menchaca, Jon Clark, Eric Heumann, Artie Tobias, Tyler Kasper, Don Lober, Steve Cross, Jeremy Winingham and Bart Coslet

Returning starters: 5 offense, 4 defense

Offense: spread; Defense: 3-4

Players to watch: WR/DB Zach McKinley, DE/TE Matt Oswald, OL/LB Joey Ziegler, OL/DL Ben Orlet, OL/DL Alec Schierding, OL/DL Brandon Murray, QB/DB Frank Davis and Corey McCoy

Newcomers expected to contribute: OL/LB Alex Chiles, WR/LB Dan Yates, WR/DB Kevin Bayer, OL/DL Alex Stumpf, WR/DB Dyllan Lindsey, OL/DL Cameron Julian and WR/DB  Austin Fuqua

Team strengths: “We return the majority of our offensive line and expect that to be our strength early.  Team unity and playing hard for 48 minutes.”

Goals: “Our primary goal is winning Week 1 game against a very good Fort Zumwalt East team. We have a goal every season of winning the GAC South and winning at least one playoff game. After that, we take it one week at a time.”

Favorites to win the GAC South: “Until someone takes it away, Francis Howell has to be the favorite.”

 

FRANCIS HOWELL NORTH KNIGHTS 

2013 record: 3-7

Coach: Brandon Gregory, entering third year as head coach.

Assistant coaches: Sterling Finney, Myran Fletcher, Benny Anderson, Jamison Palmer, Ryan Buxton, Ryan Vonfeldt, Arty Johnson and Zack Kling

Returning starters: 7 offense, 5 on defense

Offense: multiple formations; Defense: 4-2-5

Players to watch: TE AJ Schulze, OL AJ Lozada, OL Kyle Springli, RB DJ Curtis, RB Elijah Keely, WR Donnell Hawkins. LB Rhe’Neze Galtney, QB Konner Fitzgerald, DB Trey Flowers and FS Moe Hill

Newcomers expected to contribute: WR/DB Derrick Scarbrough, DL Chance Burke, OL Chris Schniepp and LB Isaiah Brooks

Team strengths: “This year’s seniors were sophomores when I took over the program so they know my expectations. A lot of them started as sophomores so hopefully, experience will have a lot to do with our success this year.”

Goals: “Be competitive in every game and have fun doing it.”

Favorites to win the GAC South: “Francis Howell.”

 

LUTHERAN COUGARS

2013 record: 2-8

Coach: Dave Steinbacher, entering first year as head coach.

Assistant coaches: Jim Clark, Armand Haak, Brad Schenck and Zach Garrett

Returning starters: 4 offense, 4 defense

Offense: multiple; Defense: various fronts

Players to watch: RB Bryce Jefferson

Newcomers expected to contribute: “We have a number of young men who need to contribute this year including Aaron Holtmeier, Trey Dille, Derrick Griffitts, Chase Hamilton and Bradley Williams as well as contributions from the sophomore class led by Hunter Edwards.”

Team strengths: “Right now we are a very young team, we have had an excellent work ethic in camp and though we are thin in numbers we have a great spirit on this team.”

Goals: “Our goals are to be an extension of our school’s mission statement – to control the things we can control, and always be looking forward. Our theme is ‘No Looking Back’ from Luke 9:62.”

Favorites to win the AAA: “O’Fallon Christian, DuBourg or Trinity.”

 

CHRISTIAN EAGLES 

2013 record: 10-1. Archdiocesan Athletic Association Small Division champions. Lost in second round of Class 3 playoffs.

Coach: Andy Hare, entering sixth year as head coach.

Assistant coaches: Kevin Folk, Dave Lehmann, Don Kidd, Darrell Bine, Mike Norwine, Sam Dieckhaus, Paul Eaton, Kenny Mays, Glenn Huskey, Gary Drury, Josh Meyers, Randy Cochrum and Donnie Kissell

Returning starters: 5 offense, 6 defense

Offense: spread; Defense: 4-3

Players to watch: FB/LB Damon Clark, WR/DB Jordan Cochrum, OT/DT Caleb Eaton, DE Kevin Ellebrecht, FB Scott Townsend, C John Willis, QB/DB D.T. Christiansen, OT Judd Grimshaw, DE Justin Kidd, WR/DB Colton Treischmann, DB/K Austin Watson and G/LB Tyler Rodriguez

Newcomers expected to contribute: WR Brendan Guilliams, DT Ryan Hahs, DT Connor McInroy, Sam Kinsey, OT Josh Lucas, LB James Lynch, WR Mason Tolle, FB/QB/LB Darion Clark, WR/DB Blake Huskey, WR/DB Walker Jenkins, WR Jordan Kidd, C/DT Zach Kellam, WR/DB Krisna Mays, WR/LB Ryan Norwine, DB J.J. Simon, G Connor Barton, G Brock Duffy, FB/WR/LB Jared Drury and OT Braden Kidd

Team strengths: “We will be strong offensively and tough on defense.”

Goals: “Play team football, win conference and make a run in the playoffs.”

Favorites to win the AAA: “O’Fallon Christian or Trinity.”

 

ORCHARD FARM EAGLES 

2013 record: 5-6

Coach: Eric Schroer, entering first year as head coach.

Assistant coaches: Nick Walls, Seth McDowell, Brad Westerfeld, Aaron Payne and Phil Kendall

Returning starters: 6 offense, 5 defense

Offense: multiple; Defense: 4-3

Players to watch: QB/MLB Tyler Westerfeld, DL/TE Sam Wallut and RB/MLB Armand Keely

Newcomers expected to contribute: WR/FS Cole Kline and FB/WLB Brendan Janke

Team strengths: “Strong two-headed run game; led by a very deep offensive line; the school’s single season rushing leader, Armand Keely; and physical QB Tyler Westerfeld.”

Goals: “Install our new systems and use them to win right away. We expect to compete for a GAC North title and anything less will be an under achievement. With the senior leadership we have this year, we place no limits on the amount of success that we can have this season.”

Favorites to win the GAC North: “St. Charles West.”

 

ST. CHARLES PIRATES 

2013 record: 3-6

Coach: Joe Leibner, entering fifth year as head coach.

Assistant coaches: Paul Imbo, Brad Bichel, Ben Owens, Jim Scott and Justin Heinen

Returning starters: 5 offense, 5 defense

Offense: spread; Defense: 4-2

Players to watch: RB Malcolm Alston, WR/DB Darrius Williams, WR/DB Raheem Alexander, LB Isak Towell and OL Jesse Imbo

Team strengths: “Athletic group of skill players on both sides.”

Goals: “Win games and have fun.”

Favorites to win the GAC North: “St. Charles West.”

 

ST. CHARLES WEST WARRIORS

2013 record: 10-3. Lost 44-21 to Jefferson City Helias in Class 4 quarterfinals.

Coach: Gary Strauss, entering 15th season as head coach.

Assistant coaches: Don Baldwin and Kevin Bohnert

Returning starters: 6 offense, 6 defense

Offense: wishbone; Defense: 4-4

Players to watch: RB/DB Drew Lauer, FB/LB Blake Rugraff, OL/DL Alex Herrmann, TE/DE Jon Young, QB Brenden Jett, OL Mark Echele, LB Nick Anselmo, SE/DB Drew Holtgrieve, RB/DB Dre Kelly and OL/DL Brendan Carey

Newcomers: LB Austin Coffey and OL/DL Marcus Paddock

Team strengths: “Speed and experience.”

Goals: “Win conference and district titles and make a run in playoffs.”

Favorites wo win the  GAC North: “Orchard Farm.”

 

ST. DOMINIC CRUSADERS

2013 record: 3-7

Coach: Blake Markway, entering first year as head coach

Assistant coaches: Justin Gage, Will Mulligan, Phil Brotherton, Bruce Golden and Mike Fowler

Returning starters: 4 offense

Offense: spread option; Defense: 30 stack

Players to watch: QB/WR Gary Ernest, TE/DE Austin Bazzell, DE Jake Smith, NG Drew Basse.

Newcomers expected to contribute: TE/DE Austin Bazzell, DE Jake Smith, WR Luke Niggemeier, WR/CB Matt Hagan and LB Jacob Jones

Team strengths: “We have big play ability from our quarterback, as well as some talented newcomers at wide receiver and tight end. Defensively, we feel our three linemen are our strongest group on the team along with WR with the influx of newcomer talent and speed there.”

Goals: “Play smart, disciplined football while improving each week within our scheme. Ultimately if we do that, we will be in position to play our best football in late October come districts.”

Favorites to win the AAA: “Duchesne or Borgia.”

 

WENTZVILLE HOLT INDIANS 

2013 record: 1-9

Coach: Ken Moore, entering fourth year as head coach.

Assistant coaches: Jonny Ulibarri, Craig Kinnary, Brian Graf, Marc Tiernan, Richy Doggett, Clinton Tanner, Andrew Hammond, Tim Woodson, Jason Moore and Paul McGuire

Returning starters: 5 offense, 5 defense

Offense: spread; Defense: multiple front

Players to watch: DB Jesus Rocha, WR Sean Dotson, OL Tyler Brave, RB/LB Brendan Lenac and QB Emilio Monsivais

Newcomers expected to contribute: DB Devin Pettit and DE Garrion Washington

Team strengths: “We return a number of players at our skill positions that were able to see varsity game action last season. This along with an experienced quarterback will help provide a good foundation on the offensive side of the ball.”

Goals: “We expect to have more success than we did a year ago. We will take each week one at a time.”

Favorites to win the GAC Central: “Fort Zumwalt East or Fort Zumwalt North.”

 

WENTZVILLE TIMBERLAND WOLVES

2013 record: 5-5

Coach: Ed Gilreath, entering third year as head coach.

Assistant coaches: Pete Eberhardt, Craig Collins, Justin Shiroma, Scott Johnston, Zach Mitchell, Mike Sevier, Warren Honoré, Tom Papez and Dan Staples

Returning starters: 6 offense, 4 defense

Offense: wing-T; Defense: 3-3

Players to watch: OL/DL Danny Williams, OL/DL Jed Lamping, LB Jared Renfroe and S Jamel Johnson

Newcomers expected to contribute: RB Justin Bill and DE Jack Demien

Team strengths: “We have great leadership from our 26 seniors that will steer a versatile offense and a physical defense.”

Goals: “To improve each week and play our best football in November.”

Favorites to win the GAC South: “Francis Howell or Fort Zumwalt West.”

 

 

 

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