The Eagles celebrate their victory from Washington earlier this season after redeeming themselves from last year.
The Eagles celebrate their victory from Washington earlier this season after redeeming themselves from last year.
Sydney Davis

Eagles Begin Journey Into the Postseason

The team takes on the Howell North Knights in the first-round of the district quarterfinals

For the first time since 2020, the Francis Howell North Knights are coming to the Nest. This time it’s win or go home as the Eagles and Nights battle in the first round of the postseason on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. 

After the records of the previous year, the Eagles were thrilled to make it this far and host a playoff game for the first time since they won a district title in 2019, defeating Hannibal, 23-8.

“Since it’s our first district home game in a long time, it’ll be more hyped and more full than it usually is,” junior Jack Ryan said.

Class 5 varsity football district bracket (via MSHSAA)

The Eagles have a winning record of 6-3 with a high-scoring offense that averages 28.5 points per game but a sometimes inconsistent defense.

The Knights on the other hand have a 3-6 record.

Their offense is built around misdirection and fast-hitting run plays, and their offensive line plays really well together,” assistant coach Bradley Smith said about the Knights. “Their defense is built around stopping the run, and their defensive line is very skilled. They will be a tough, physical opponent and I expect a lot of hitting Friday night.”

The two teams have fought four common opponents: North Point Grizzlies, Timberland Wolves, Fort Zumwalt South Bulldogs, and Troy Trojans. When playing the Grizzlies, Wolves, and Bulldogs the Eagles reigned victorious, while the Knights fell defeated. 

I am very proud of the team this year. The guys have bought in to our culture and they love playing football with one another.

— Coach Smith

 

“They’re a good team and we just have to give 110% and play a hard game and not play their game, and if we do that, we will come out out with a win,” Ryan said.

There is no doubt that the Eagles have fought long and hard to get here, and junior quarterback Cody McMullen is “expecting to go to the district finals, and to play [most likely] St. Dominic, and hopefully win.”

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Rylee Shipes, Sports Editor of The Talon
Rylee Shipes is senior and the sports editor of the Talon yearbook. This is her second year in publications and can’t wait to make this year’s book. In her free time she loves to read, write, and fight jiu jitsu. Rylee also really loves hockey (her favorite team is the Anaheim Ducks). Outside of the sports realm, she is a part of the drama club and has been doing theater since middle school. She is currently working at Schnucks, but her dream job is to be a sports reporter.
Sydney Davis, Editor-in-Chief of The 2024 Talon
Sydney Davis is an editor-in-chief of the Talon Yearbook and will soon be in her third year of publications while also a manager of the cross country team. She is in her senior year and her second year of classes at SCC. She loves listening to music and watching movies and reading in her free time, along with playing with her niece and nephews. Sydney dreams of being a concert photographer while traveling the world when she is older. She is unsure of where her education will continue after high school, but would like to major in either journalism or marketing. Worms love worms!

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