11 in the Box: McCluer North WR alum finds a new home and a Kirkwood High grad torments Tennessee


IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 7: Defensive end A.J. Epenesa #94 of the Iowa Hawkeyes gives chase during the first half of running back Isaih Pacheco #1 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on September 7, 2019 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

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Time for another installment of 11 in the Box, where we highlight (at least) 11 storylines and performances involving St. Louis area high school graduates playing college football. You’ll see a few people who earned a mention last week, and a bunch of fresh new faces too.
  • Illinois finally won a non-conference game on the road Saturday, defeating UCONN 31-23. That had not happened since 2007. DB Tony Adams (SLUH) had five tackles, while safety Stanley Green (East St. Louis) had 2 solo tackles and assisted on another.
  • Missouri safety Ronnell Perkins (University City) had two tackles and an interception in the Tigers’ 38-7 bounceback win over West Virginia.
  • Eastern Michigan QB Mike Glass III (Hazelwood Central) passed for 337 yards and 2 TDs in a 38-17 loss at Kentucky. The game made Southeastern Conference history, when Sabrina Brunson became the first woman in league football history to officiate an entire game.
  • Miami (OH) QB Brett Gabbert (CBC) passed for 152 yards and ran for two touchdowns in the RedHawks’ 48-17 win against Tennessee Tech.
  • Harry Ballard, the McCluer North graduate who signed with Missouri but went to a junior college before arriving in Columbia last fall only to leave without playing a game, has landed at Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Saturday, he had four catches for 132 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 52-34 win over Alabama A&M. QB Aqeel Glass (Lutheran North) was 30 of 43 for 352 yards and 2 TDs in a losing effort.
  • Iowa DE A.J. Epenesa had a sack and three tackles in a 30-0 win over Rutgers.
  • Memphis kicker Riley Patterson (Edwardsville) had a total of 13 points in a 55-24 win over Southern, including a 49 yard field goal.
  • Minnesota true freshman starting long snapper Brady Weeks (Fort Zumwalt West) and his Gopher teammates outlasted the Fresno State Bulldogs 38-35 in 2 OT in a game that ended just before 1:15 AM Sunday morning.
  • Lindenwood QB Cade Brister (Fort Zumwalt North) was 27 of 50 for four touchdowns and 283 yards passing in a 59-31 loss to Eastern Washington.
  • Quincy QB Andrew Rund (Priory) was 27 of 42 for 265 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 38-8 win over Central (OH) State.
Get Well: Bowling Green RB Andrew Clair (SLUH) and Oklahoma G Marquis Hayes (Pattonville) both sat out games Saturday due to injury.
Get Ready: Expect to hear a lot about Kyren Williams (Vianney) getting ready to play an increased role in the Notre Dame offense after Jafar Armstrong went down with a groin injury last week against Louisville. Williams, a true freshman coming off a state title with the Griffins, should be a factor at running back and in the kick return game.
And finally…..congratulations to Kirkwood High School graduate Kalani Sitake, the head coach at BYU, which stunned Tennessee 29-26 in OT, marking the first time since 1988 that the Volunteers have started the season 0-2. Missouri hosts the Volunteers November 23, and will complete a two game series with the Cougars in October 2020.

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