Football Panthers shut out Lafayette 30-0

By STEPHEN GLOVER

The Mehlville Senior High School football team made a statement to the Suburban West Conference with a 30-0 drubbing of Lafayette Friday night.

“It was a nice win,” Mehlville head coach Gary Heyde told the Call. “We played hard on defense, but we made way too many mistakes and luckily we didn’t get burned on that.”

It didn’t take long for the Panthers (2-1, 1-0 Suburban West) to jump out to a 7-0 lead when senior quarterback Alexis Reedus connected with senior wide receiver Justin Carter on a 73-yard touchdown pass with 8:22 left in the first quarter.

Reedus completed five of seven passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns against Lafayette. He has 294 yards passing, three touchdowns and two interceptions this season.

“Alexis keeps getting better every game.” Heyde said. “He’s been doing a really good job and played an outstanding game Friday night.”

Carter caught two passes for 119 yards and the one touchdown. He leads the Panthers with 207 yards receiving.

“Justin runs real good patterns and has good hands,” Heyde said. “He did a good job getting open in that game.”

The Panthers took a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter when Tyrone Clark hammered in a one-yard touchdown run with 2:51 left in the quarter. The junior running back carried the ball 13 times.

“Tyrone had two touchdowns and 132 yards rushing,” Heyde said. “I’d say that was a pretty good night.”

Glenn Grim extended the Panthers’ lead to 17-0 on a 27-yard field goal with 7:31 remaining in the second quarter. The senior place kicker is second in scoring for the Panthers with 17 points.

“Glenn’s been real solid,” Heyde said. “We’ve got a lot of confidence in him and he’s been doing a really good job.”

Clark scored again from the ground with an 11-yard touchdown run with 4:38 left in the first half.

Mehlville’s final score of the game came midway through the fourth quarter when Reedus connected with Philip Blair on a 22-yard touchdown pass with 8:11 left in the game.

Blair carried the ball four times for 21 yards while also hauling in three passes for 56 yards and one touchdown.

“Phil’s a good receiver coming out of the backfield,” Heyde said. “He’s done a real good job for us.”

The Panthers are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to Parkway South (1-2), which is coming off a 34-16 loss at Jefferson City.

“Parkway South beat SLUH, but lost to Pattonville and Jeff City, so they’ve been playing some great competition,” Heyde said. “It’s going to be a good ball game.”