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They’re Infallible, Young Fella | Eureka

Many TV junkies (such as The Geek) learned the word “Eureka” from the comedy film Caddyshack. Right after Bill Murray’s legendary “Cinderella boy” scene, Bishop Pickering falls prey to the Biblical sin of pride during a very lucky round of golf, shouting “Eureka!” and “Best game of my life!” before getting struck down by a bolt-from-beyond for his lack of humility.

Missourians near the Meramec River know Eureka as a sprawling, country-side town…and a dynamite High School football team. The Eureka Wildcats have won 28 games since 2014, nearly knocking off Kirkwood in a dramatic 28-21 District loss in 2015.

Remarkably, the ‘Cats may have set a new plateau for their program on Friday night. A much-anticipated Suburban West title clash with visiting Lindbergh turned into a slaughter, as EHS rolled over the Varsity Flyers like rapids over a dam in a 41-10 victory.

Hassan Haskins was a hero, scoring 4 times and amassing almost 250 yards on carries and catches. But the Wildcat defense is good – good enough to have a nickname. Eureka’s “Hit Squad” held the Flyers to 65 yards rushing, picked off talented Parker Powell 3 times (including a magnificent pick-6 by Adam Fuqua) and yelled when senior Ben “Mad Max” Hunnius got multiple licks on the QB.

The win pounds MSHSAA’s Class 6 landscape into dramatic new shape. The unbeaten Wildcats have now played 4 of the most intimidating programs this side of Chicago – Francis Howell, Pattonville, Lafayette and Lindbergh – and given up nary a 1st-half touchdown in 3 out of the 4 games. (Lafayette scored twice on the ‘Cats before halftime, but still lost convincingly.)

In fact, Eureka looks like the only squad in District 1 that could play with Vianney for more than 1 ½ quarters. Too bad the schools won’t meet up in the Show Me Bowl, or even the playoffs – the Golden Griffiths play in Class 5.  

Wildcat coaches must avoid Bishop Pickering’s fate – they’ll need plenty of humility when Haskins and other star seniors move on. But the ‘Cats are full of junior and sophomore talent too. If they survive a brutal District bracket (in which the LHS Flyers may come calling again) and make a run at the grail in ’17, we’ll be talking about Eureka High in terms usually reserved for Kirkwood, Vianney and CBC.

The Gridiron Geek’s Week 9 River Rankings

#1 – Vianney Golden Griffiths (8-0)

There has been only a single common opponent on the Griffith and Wildcat schedules – Pattonville. The Varsity Wildcats handled PHS with ease, while Vianney found themselves in trouble against the Pirates in the 1st half.  

The Geek will not demote a #1, however, unless they leave the door wide open for another school to surpass them. The Golden G’s are unbeaten and largely un-bothered against a difficult slate of their own. A trip to powerful CBC this Friday will be a final test of form before the playoffs begin.

#2 – Eureka Wildcats (8-0)

What an incredible statement last weekend. A crushing defense has lifted this program from “consistent winner/nice resume”-territory into the stratosphere. Week 9’s lay-up over Northwest means rest in the 2nd half and a top seed in the postseason.

#3 – Lindbergh Flyers (7-1)

Bitter disappointment and a gut-check for the offensive line after taking a pounding. But the Flyers have already beaten everyone who could surpass them at #3.

#4 – Jackson Indians (6-2)

Cooper Callis and the ‘Injuns had to be excited to see Lindbergh riding high in Class 6 after losing 45-19 to the Flyers. If you’ve played the best of the top division and at least scored a few touchdowns, Vianney doesn’t seem quite as indomitable as a District foe.

But the Flyers’ loss last week – and the realization that Eureka, not Lindbergh, is the standard in 6A – indicates that JHS and Poplar Bluff may be competing in a “B” bracket in Class 5. The Golden Griffiths are in the “A” bracket all by themselves.

#5 – Poplar Bluff Mules (8-0)

Schools are wondering just what it takes to beat these guys. Cape Central takes a 4th-quarter lead? The Mules block a punt and win 29-28. Jackson has ‘em on the ropes – Brett Barousse interception for a touchdown, and another 1-point victory.

In Week 8, the Hillsboro Hawks visited PBHS and frustrated the home team with rootin-tootin’, gator-baitin’ option football. Trailing by 1 with 7 minutes to go, the Hawks began a 4th Quarter Death March. Nobody stops a good Flexbone team on a 4th Quarter Death March. But the Mules did, forcing a fumble and sealing a 3rd 1-point win in 4 games.

Poplar Bluff gets a winnable road trip to Festus High this Friday, but injuries are a concern with starting QB Logan Bell and WR Tyson Cox ailing.

#6 – Kirkwood Pioneers (7-1)

KHS rebounds with a nice 37-14 win over Rockwood Summit, former backup QB Cooper Wise holding the reins.

#7 – Lafayette Lancers (5-3)

Still holding tough on the line-of-scrimmage, where most games are won or lost. But Ryan Novak had issues throwing the ball on the Fox Warriors in a sleepy 30-6 win. Not a sign of progress.

#8 – Hillsboro Hawks (6-2)

The Blue & White make a statement by nearly knocking off a Class 5 powerhouse. A successful road trip to Country Day this Saturday is difficult but not impossible.

#9 – Park Hills Central Rebels (8-0)

The Dexter Bearcats are a fine enough football club to have shut-out Sikeston and bothered Poplar Bluff earlier this year. The Rebs ran over them 36-20 last weekend, Jace Bland tossing 2 touchdown passes in the 1st quarter.

#10 Caruthersville Tigers (6-2)

All looked bleak after a Week 4 loss to Kennett. But 4 games and a 39-32 Week 8 triumph over Hayti later, and the Tigers have whipped a quartet of talented teams in a row.

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