Phone: (314) 843-0102
Fax: (314) 843-0508
flag image

Panthers fall to Marquette; will face Parkway South Friday night on the road

Robert Chalupny
Staff Reporter
September 26, 2012 - By ROBERT CHALUPNY

For the Call

The Mehlville Senior High School football Panthers are looking for a win when they face Parkway South this week.

Mehlville (1-4) has dropped four consecutive games, including Friday night's 42-7 loss to Marquette.

Every time a team makes a mistake in the game of football, it usually has to pay for it and that has been the case for the Panthers in 2012. Friday was no different.

Mehlville head coach Eric Meyer said there were some positives on the night, but the Panthers could not get a consistent rhythm going.

"It started out OK," Meyer told the Call. "The defense played pretty well and then, you know, just turnovers. We got a couple scores down (and) we just couldn't get it solved. It was a tough night ...

"We're just making too many mistakes right now. We just can't play that way."

The Panthers had some strong performances from Kirkland Burton, who had 19 rushes for 143 yards, and Dwayne Lewis, who tallied eight tackles and two assists.

Greg VonderHaar and Jimmy Sellers also turned in some spirited performances, but the Panthers need a strong performance from all 11 players on the field each time they are out there, according to Meyer.

Mehlville also should receive a little more help by adding Patrick Partee, a two-way starter, back into the mix as he is returning from an injury he suffered three weeks ago.

"That was a nice surprise to get him back on the field," Meyer said. "He played defense and was flying around."

With half the season behind them, the Panthers have their toughest battles ahead as they will face Parkway South at 7 p.m. Friday on the road. The Panthers then face Oakville, St. Louis University High School and Lindbergh, followed by a yet-to-be determined opponent in their 10th game — the first playoff contest.

The strategy for the Panthers for the second half is simple, but it is not as simple to execute, according to the coach.

"Well, just getting healthy and consistency," Meyer said of what is needed for the second half. "We just have to be more consistent taking care of the ball.

"We have some good things happen and then we kind of have some breakdowns and they cost us. We're putting the defense in a tough position with a short field. We can't do that. We're just going to have to get better."

While the Panthers know what is ahead, they must stay focused on the next game and nothing else.

"It's the same thing this week, just try to get better and like I told the kids, we're in the hunt for playoffs. That's just the nature of the beast," Meyer said. "You're never out of it.

"It's just the better you play, the better chance you have of hosting a game. And if you're in the bottom of the conference, you're going to play the top of the conference so you make it hard on yourself. But we can't look at that. Parkway South is a good team … We've got our hands full with them."

Tags: Prep Boys - Mehlville

  • Related Editorial
    Upperclassmen to lead Mehlville squad
    Aug 27 2014
    While becoming a school known for its dominant swimming and diving program isn’t really in the cards for Mehlville Senior High School, other benchmarks can be met to illustrate success in the sport....
    Panthers set sights on a winning season
    Sky’s the limit, coach says of Mehlville’s soccer squad
    Aug 27 2014
    The Mehlville High School varsity boys’ soccer team has all the attributes it needs to put together a successful season and postseason, but the Panthers will have to take advantage of the opportunity ...
    Mehlville coach looking to propel some of his runners past districts this year
    Mehlville High boys planning to put their best foot forward
    Aug 27 2014
    With a year of experience now behind him, Mehlville Senior High School varsity boys’ cross country head coach Mark Ehlen hopes to bring the program to a higher level....
    Football Panthers looking to returning talent for a winning season
    Mehlville sets sights on deeper playoff run in ’14
    Aug 27 2014
    Coming off a streaky regular season that ended with a 4-7 record in the second round of the playoffs, the Mehlville Senior High School varsity football team hopes to make bigger strides toward a winning ...
    School News
    Panthers fall to Chaminade
    High-octane offense by Chaminade proves too much for football Panthers
    Aug 27 2014
    High heat, high humidity and a high-octane Chaminade offense were just too much to overcome for the Mehlville Senior High School varsity football team Friday night....
Site Search

Type in your zip code and click "Go" to get your 7-day forecast.