Mehlville High School football team ends season with loss to Marquette

Megan LeFaivre-Zimmerman photo
Marquette High School's Xavier Jackson, No. 7, above, pursues Mehlville's Josh Handley, No. 12, in Friday night's game. The Panthers fell 48-0 to the Mustangs to end their 2015 season.

Photo by Megan LeFaivre-Zimmerman

Megan LeFaivre-Zimmerman photo Marquette High School’s Xavier Jackson, No. 7, above, pursues Mehlville’s Josh Handley, No. 12, in Friday night’s game. The Panthers fell 48-0 to the Mustangs to end their 2015 season.

By Robert Chalupny

The Mehlville Senior High School football team finished its 2015 campaign Fri-day night with a 48-0 loss to Marquette.

The Panthers end the season with a 3-7 overall record.

Mehlville head coach Kent Heinemann told the Call that he knew the final game was going to be a tough one and credited Marquette for its play.

“We came out kind of flat,” he said. “We never could really get anything going offensively, and leaving our defense out on the field all night put them in a bad position.

“Marquette is a very well-coached, talented team. Next week’s matchup between them and Eureka will be a very good game.”

Despite the losing record the Panthers had this year, Heinemann said the season definitely had some positives.

“This season had its highs and lows,” the Mehlville coach said. “I felt like all three of our wins were big wins for us. All three were a culmination of the kids battling together and executing.”

Mehlville’s victories came over North-west, Lindbergh and Oakville. The Panth-ers upset rival Oakville 17-14.

Heinemann said he’s excited about his players who will return next season.

“It’s sad to think that this 2015 team will never line up and play together again, but on the bright side, we have a majority of our team coming back next season,” he said. “I can’t wait to see these guys on the field, a year older and after a great offseason.”