When the new conferences for suburban schools were revealed earlier this year, Parkway West coach Jeff Duncan was happy to see the Longhorns remained in the same league as rival Parkway Central.
The game between the two schools highlights the Week 5 schedule.
The Parkway West Longhorns (1-3) will play at Parkway Central (2-2) at 7 p.m. Friday (Sept 19).
The Longhorns and the Colts were members of the old Suburban South Conference. Now, both play in the new 10-team Suburban Central Conference. The two teams are in five-team National Division.
Parkway West coach Jeff Duncan said his boys are looking forward to meeting the Colts. They don’t need any extra movitation when it comes to playing Parkway Central.
“The boys are excited to play each week, but the fact that we get the opportunity to play a very good Central team and a team that our kids grow up playing each year makes it special to the boys,” Duncan said.
The Longhorns won their opener with a 49-39 win over Union. However, the squad dropped its next three games to good opponents.
Despite the losses, Duncan said his club showed improvement.
“We feel that we have made good strides each week,” Duncan said. “We have played four tough opponents. We have come away with some positives each week and also some things that we need to work on. We have to continue to get better and take care of the things that we can control.”
Parkway Central has done well in the series in recent years, going 8-2 over the last 10 years and winning the last five years. Last season, the Colts scored a 49-0 victory over the Longhorns. Parkway West last won in 2008 when the Longhorns scored a 33-10 victory.
The Colts are coming into the game fresh off a tough 17-7 loss to visiting Ladue. Parkway Central will want to defend its home turf against the Longhorns.
Duncan understands that.
“We must embrace the underdog role and play with the attitude that we have nothing to lose,” Duncan said. “We must believe in ourselves and our abilities and play together as a team.”
For the Longhorns to be successful, Duncan said his defense must thwart the Colts’ running game and be efficient when they are on offense.
“Central is a really good football team,” Duncan said. “They are very well coached and will be prepared. They are physical and do not beat themselves.”
Here is a look at the other games scheduled to be played this week.
There is one game Thursday (Sept. 18):
De Smet at St. Louis University High, 6:30 p.m.
Here are the games scheduled for Friday (Sept. 19). All have kickoffs set for 7 p.m.
Parkway South at Eureka
Marquette at Mehlville
Chaminade at CBC
Lafayette at Lindbergh
Principia at Missouri Military Academy
Lutheran St. Charles at Kennedy
Westminster Christian Academy at Lutheran South
Here are the games scheduled for Saturday (Sept. 20). Both have kickoffs set for 1 p.m.:
Kirkwood at Parkway North
MICDS at Priory