Football Panthers snap Fox’s six-game winning streak with 34-7 victory

Mehlville High Panthers set to tackle Oakville on Friday

By STEPHEN GLOVER

Fox Senior High School’s six-game winning streak didn’t intimidate the Mehlville Senior High School football team as the Panthers mauled the Warriors 34-7 Friday night.

The Panthers (6-2, 4-1 Suburban West) found themselves down 7-0 in the first quarter after Fox quarterback Alex Pisoni connected with Phil Kraft on a 63-yard touchdown pass.

“We had a coverage bust and gave them a touchdown early in the game,” Mehlville head coach Gary Heyde told the Call. “It was not a good way to start the game.”

The second quarter was a much different story as the Panthers scored four touchdowns to take a 28-7 lead.

“They gave us some problems early with their defense, so we had to make some adjustments,” Heyde said. “We kind of took control of the game in the second quarter.”

Mehlville’s first touchdown of the game came on a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Alexis Reedus with 8:45 left in the second quarter. Reedus carried the ball 12 times for 140 yards. He also completed 10 of 12 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns.

“Alexis had a great night,” Heyde said. “He actually started out the game with minus 25 yards rushing because he had a few sacks. But he ended up having a big game running the football.”

Reedus gave the Panthers a 13-7 lead with 4:48 left in the second quarter when he scored his second touchdown of the game on a 22-yard run.

The Panthers extended their lead to 21-7 when wide receiver Justin Carter hauled in a 29-yard touchdown pass from Reedus with 1:27 to play in the quarter. The senior wide receiver had four catches for 76 yards and one touchdown in the win.

“Justin had a good night,” Heyde said. “He’s been real solid and when he’s not catching the ball, he’s doing a good job blocking.”

The touchdown that probably put the Warriors out for the rest of the evening came late in the first half when Reedus scored on a 61-yard run with seven seconds left in the half.

Mehlville went scoreless throughout much of the third quarter until Reedus connected with running back Tyrone Clark on a 46-yard touchdown pass with 4:43 left in the quarter. Clark recorded the one reception for 46 yards and one touchdown.

The senior running back also carried the ball seven times for 52 yards.

“Tyrone’s been playing real solid all year long,” Heyde said. “He ran the ball well and also had that nice touchdown catch.”

On defense, Mehlville linebacker Tyler Krueger led the Panthers with seven tackles. Krueger also saw time at quarterback as the senior completed one pass for eight yards.

The Panthers are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to Oakville. Oak-ville (4-4, 3-2 Suburban West) defeated Northwest 29-7 Friday when the Tigers rushed for 327 yards. The winner of Fri-day’s game essentially will control the district and the berth into the Class 6 playoffs.

“This will be for the district championship, so it’s a big game for both of us,” Heyde said. “We’ve been playing solid defense, but we’ve had a tendency of making a mistake that’s cost us a big play. We’ll also need to keep executing on offense be-cause their defense makes you earn everything you get.”