5th Edition (1888-2014)
127 Years of High School Football
in the St. Louis “Metro” Area
"THE LEGEND SERIES"
E - BOOKS
YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
THE ST. LOUIS "METRO" AREA.
I guarantee if you’ve played, coached, officiated or watched high school football in the St. Louis area you’ll
have a connection to these books. In these pages you’ll reunite with old friends and rivals while discovering other
legendary players, coaches and teams. These books are in a sense our "Metro" yearbook and Hall of Fame, where the fierce competitors
of the past are remembered forever. These books give us an opportunity to look back as our game moves forward. ENJOY!
These books honor the accomplishments of those who have played and coached
the prep game while recognizing the contributions of officials, the media and administrators
who have sustained it. They are in a sense our “Metro” yearbook and our Hall of Fame, where
the fierce competitors of the past are remembered forever.
This is your story! A football
legacy established in 1888.
This is your game! The game
your grandfather, father,
brother and son played.
This game exists
because of your participation and contributions.
NOW AVAILABLE IN E-BOOKS
The “Legends Series” is a collection of 3 books that offer the reader an interesting and unique perspective of high school football in the St. Louis “Metro”
More than 10 years of research, more than 800 pages and 200 pictures detailing
127 years of high school football in the St. Louis "Metro" area.
HERE'S WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER.......
A BRIEF HISTORY OF ST. LOUIS 'METRO' FOOTBALL (1888-2014).
A Summary of each Decade - hi-lighting the Defining Events that
have Shaped our Football Heritage. (THIS BOOK IS FREE!)
of the Gridiron”, this book is a chronological and pictorial history of the first 127 years
of high school football in the St. Louis “Metro” area, photographs and stories detailing hundreds of teams, players,
coaches, officials and contributors from each decade. Over 10 years of research by the author has produced a book like no
other, more than 500 pages bringing to life the greatest story never told!
"The Legends Playbook" is a topical study of our games development, greatest players, coaches and teams.
These books honor the accomplishments of those who have played and coached the prep game while recognizing the contributions
of officials, the media and administrators who have sustained it. They
are in a sense our Metro yearbook and our Hall of Fame where the fierce competitors of the past are remembered forever. (301
And now an e-book....... Oh how things have changed since the release of the
first (June ’08), edition of the “Legends Series” books.
In 2009 we saw three area teams capture state titles. Vianney quarterback Dalton Hewitt ended his career with more passing
yards than any player in the history of “Metro” football (7,734 yards). East St. Louis quarterback Detchauz
Wray tossed an all time “Metro” record 81 touchdown passes while accumulating more passing yards than any quarterback
in the history of “Metro” east football (6,643 yards). Courtney Molton finished his career as the all time
leading rusher at East St. Louis High School (5,250 yards) surpassing the mark set by Chris Moore (5,174 yards) in 1991.
In 2009 we were witness to one of the greatest finishes in the history of St. Louis “Metro” football: “The
Miracle at Moss”. In 2010, five area teams advanced to the “Show Me Bowl” yet failed to bring home
a title. Rob Standard of Chaminade College Prep broke the “Metro” career rushing record for the third time
in the last four years. Standard accumulated an incredible 7,799 yards and an all time “Metro” record 98
touchdowns. After a twelve year hiatus, legendary coach Mike Russell began his second stint at Lutheran North High School.
East St. Louis was placed on probation and nine more teams are playing on synthetic turf. The offenses continued to
dominate the gridiron in 2011. A pair of quarterbacks passed for over 3,000 yards and sixteen others threw for more
than 2,000 yards. Four area teams advanced to the “Show-Me-Bowl” with a combined 52-1 record yet all lost
close games and failed to win a state title. An additional eight “Metro” schools installed synthetic turf
in 2011 bringing the total to 37. On the college scene running back Montee Ball (Timberland High School ’09 /Wisconsin)
tied Barry Sanders single-season touchdown record (39) and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting. Ball is one
of only two Heisman finalists from the St. Louis “Metro” area.
In his senior season ('12), Montee Ball set the NCAA Division I record for most career touchdowns with
83. In 2012, a new Missouri play-off system “gifted” every team into the post season. Kirkwood captured
its first state championship and John Burroughs lost their third consecutive title game. Belleville Althoff made its
first appearance in the Illinois championship game since winning back-to-back titles in ’89 &’90 and Francis
Howell was the first St. Charles County team to play in a "Show-Me-Bowl" in 30 years. We saw the realignment of the
Gateway Athletic Conference, the AAA League and the 84-year old ABC League, now called the Metro League. CBC was the
first team in the “Metro” area to install synthetic turf in 2003 and the first to replace it in 2012.
Mike Russell steps
down at the end of the 2012 season, after two coaching stints, 24 years, 185 victories and 4 state championships
at Lutheran North, In 2013, eleven “Metro” teams finished the regular season unbeaten and
9 advanced to the semifinal round of the play-offs. Parkway Central and Staunton were the only teams to
play in the title game. Markel Smith of Vianney set the Missouri single game rushing record with 541 yards and finished his
career as the second all time leading rusher in the Metro: area with 7,145 yards. The 2013 Season was
the last for the Suburban North, South, West and East Football Conferences. The historic leagues were broken up and its teams
reassigned for the 2014 season. Longtime coach Jim Schottmueller stepped down after 29 seasons at McCluer North
and 8 more schools installed turf.
Welcome to the 5th edition of the “Legends Series”, a 127 Year History of High School Football in the St.
Louis “Metro” area. Since the release of the first edition
in June of 2008, I’ve had the pleasure of talking too many of you about our great football heritage. Your
response to the books confirmed what I already knew. St. Louisians love high school football and cherish their gridiron
experiences. I’ve been humbled by the positive response to the books and I appreciate your interest, your feedback
and your help. I believe that you’ll find the 5th edition even more interesting than the others. I’ve
listened to your suggestions and have done my best to incorporate them. The books are updated through the 2013 season
and include more stories and pictures from each era. I’ve continued my extensive research and have expanded the
story line on the journey of the African American player in the St. Louis “Metro” area. Now sit back in
your favorite chair with your favorite beverage and enjoy your story, the Never Ending Story of St. Louis
High School Football!
Football is the connecting line that links the
past, the present and the future into one everlasting bond that stands the test of time ………… Football
is truly the Greatest Fraternity!
St. Louis has a rich
and well documented sports history with its professional and college teams but the greatest sports story never told in our
area is the tale of high school football.
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