The Mehlville Senior High School football team put together its first winning streak of the 2011 season with its second straight victory, rolling past the Marquette Mustangs 14-0 Friday night.
The key to the game was Mehlville’s offense, according to head coach Eric Meyer.
“The offense did some real good things in the first half,” Meyer told the Call. “We had some real nice plays from Patrick Partee. He caught a double screen for a touchdown. Then he caught a … pass for a second touchdown in the second quarter.”
Partee put his first tally on the scoreboard after catching a 13-yard pass from quarterback Jeff White with 1:13 left in the first quarter to put the Panthers up 7-0.
Then he scored the second one on a 15-yard reception from White with 6:16 left in the first half.
That would be all of the scoring on both sides as Mehlville’s defense came up big with the shutout.
The passing game was the biggest offensive contributor in the contest as White threw just shy of 50 percent with eight completions of 17 attempts for 98 yards.
Usually the Panthers’ running game prevails over the opposing defenses.
“The running game wasn’t dominant, but we had some plays that kept things going,” Meyer said.
The Panthers rushed for 145 yards in 43 attempts for an average of 3.4 yards per carry. Mehlville usually averages about six yards per carry. Steve Schuchardt led the rushing attack with 50 yards and Brandon Zufall was right behind him with 40 yards in the game.
With the shutout, Meyer was pleased with defensive performance of his squad.
“The defense played real well. They didn’t give up much at all,” he said. “Their quarterback went down in the first quarter and that kind of distracted them a little bit, but our defense really played well.”
The defense will need to have a repeat performance this Friday against a high-scoring Parkway South (4-2) offense.
“We are going to have to be good up front,” Meyer said. “They have a defensive tackle that’s a heck of a football player. He’s a real good player, so we will try and find a way to slow him down a little bit and make plays.
“Defensively, we are going to have to make sure that we are disciplined and that we keep up on our responsibilities and not just try to run around and make plays. We just really need to be disciplined.”
Meyer said his team seems to have recovered from losing its star running back Chayse Brown to an injury earlier in the season and hopes the Panthers can maintain the momentum they have right now.
“After losing Chayse, it kind of changes the offensive mindset a little bit,” he said.
“It took them a week, I think, to get over that, but they are starting to move on. So that’s what you need to do. It’s unfortunate when you lose people and we’ve lost a couple other kids this year and you have to move on,” Meyer added.