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Statesmen football made a statement with its 31-14 victory over St. Louis University High School on Friday, Sept. 10, at Moss Field.
“Our goal is to get back to the dome again,” said head coach Cliff Ice.
The Statesmen are currently the defending class five state champions. Last year the Statesmen had a perfect season with a record of 13 wins and zero losses.
This year the football program is trying to keep the momentum going as it is very confident the Statesmen could make it to the State championship game and possibly have another perfect season.
“If we play to our potential, then nobody should be able to beat us,” said senior linebacker Jason Meehan. “It would be cool to have another perfect season, but the most important thing is that we win a championship, and I’ll take a few losses for a championship.”
Friday night’s game against SLUH was the first of many big games that could prove to be key in the turn out of the season.
“This will be a big statement game,” said junior lineman Peter Forsee before Friday’s game.
The Bilikens were the first opponent that Webster faced ranked in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top 10. Sluh went into the game with a 2-0 record and ranked at number nine. “They’ll probably have the most complete offense we’ll see all year,” said Ice about SLUH before the game.
“They played good, but we came out and did what we were supposed to do,” said Meehan about SLUH.
Still it was the Statesmen’s defense that proved to be the difference in the game.
“You had to feel good about what our defense did,” said Ice.
Webster’s defense had four interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Senior linebacker Jason Meehan had 11 tackles and two interceptions in the game.
“Jason lead the defense very well and proved why he’s one of the best defensive players in the state,” said junior lineman Mathias Simmons. “I think we came up big when it mattered and we were consistent when it mattered,” said Meehan.
With a big victory over SLUH the statesmen advance to 3-0 and they’re one game closer to another great season.
“Overall I feel pretty good,” said Ice. “We’ve got to get better every week and everything will take care of itself.”
The football team’s next game is scheduled to be 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at Parkway West.