There are only two weeks remaining in the high school football regular season, and with a short amount of time left on the clock, the Central Park Hills Varsity Football team is moving in the right direction. Having just laid the smackdown on Fredericktown in a 42-0 blowout victory, the Rebels are firing on all cylinders. Now they must keep the fire stoked if they hope to be truly special and bring home a championship.
It’s been a nearly perfect season so far for Park Hills as even in their one defeat against rival Valle Catholic, there were a lot of positives from which to learn. The Rebels seemed to have taken their loss in stride as they quickly rebounded the next week and shelled their opposition with their high-powered aerial assault. In the air or on the ground, their offense is always a threat to score on any play.
Led by their versatile quarterback, Casen Murphy, the Rebels pounded the Blackcats with a barrage of bombs. In fact, he threw 18 times and completed 13 which included three touchdowns. The spray chart was wide as he used all of his receivers. Caden Casey led them all with six receptions for 77 yards. Jobe Bryant had three catches for 75 yards, including a touchdown, and a 42-yard rushing touchdown as well. Kannon Harlow made two catches for 75 yards including two touchdowns. Lastly, Kendall Horton caught two passes for 34 yards and a touchdown.
This week Park Hills will travel to Dexter for a Week 8 shootout. With a 3-4 record, the Dexter Bearcats haven’t had the strongest showing. In fact, in head-to-head matchups since 2011, Park Hills has won 10 of their previous 11 meetings. Nonetheless, the Rebels can not afford a loss if they hope to garner the number one slot in the Class 3 District 1 Tournament.
Once Park Hills gets out of the gates, there’s no slowing them down. The Rebels are averaging 42.9 points per game while the Bearcats are averaging just 27.3. More impressively for Park Hills may be their defense, as they are allowing just 15.9 points per game, while Dexter has been given up an average of 31 points.
So far, this season has been a whirlwind of success for Park Hills, and there’s no sign of slowing down. Head Coach Kory Schweiss has done a fabulous job keeping his team ready for whatever challenges are placed in front of them. Now, sporting a 6-1 record, there’s still work to be done. However, with only three regular-season games left, Park Hills has one goal in mind, to keep winning all the way to a MO State Title.