Longhorns Utilize Young Talent

During a home game against Ladue, on August 31, senior Quentin Key breaks a tackle. Key has 256 rushing yards to date and one touchdown to go along with it.

The Longhorns are approaching the end of the season, and they are still looking for their first win. The team faces a brutal schedule in a division with the #1, #7 and #9 teams in the state.

“As a team, we’re really looking to improve the win/loss category. We have talent on this team, we just need to utilize all of it to compete with some of these powerhouse schools,” junior David Baranski said

Some of that talent was displayed last Friday, when junior Troy Thomas took a kickoff for a Parkway West Football record 100 yards against Rockwood Summit for a touchdown.

“It was a return right, and the ball was kicked to the right. I just followed my blocks straight down the field for the score,” Thomas said.

The team also suffered injuries to some key players, including season ending injuries to both senior defensive end J.C. DeMuri (knee) and junior defensive tackle Blake Ritchey (arm).

“With a lot of guys going down, some sophomores have had to step up,” sophomore Austin Sisk said.

Now playing on the varsity squad are sophomores Taylor McNeal, Austin Sisk, Michael Bruhin, Drew Swihart Joey Twellman and Joe Guccione.

The Longhorns have upcoming games which Baranski describes as ‘winnable’ against the Seckman Jaguars (1-6) and the University City Lions (3-4).