Missing key players much of the season, DeSmet Jesuit (MO) was 3-4 at one point during the year. The Spartans were able to get everyone healthy, win three straight to end the regular season, and get into the class 6 MSHSAA football playoffs.
Two games into the playoffs, DeSmet Jesuit (MO) looks like they can't be stopped. A big reason why? Junior running back Durron Neal. The 6-foot, 180 pound projected college wide receiver has put up big numbers all year, including 207 yards rushing and two touchdowns last night against Lindbergh. The Spartans won 44-12, advancing to the third round.
"I feel 100% that we can win it all," said Neal. "We have everyone back and we are playing really well. We are right now where we wanted to be."
Neal has 1291 all-purpose yards this season and has found the end zone 23 times. He has also recorded three interceptions, playing cornerback at various times during the year.
"I'm pretty happy with the way I'm playing this year," said Neal. "I'm up to six offers now."
"I have visited Missouri and Arkansas so far this year. Arkansas was crazy. It was when they were playing Alabama. The atmosphere was wild," said Neal. "I'm suppose to go to Iowa on a visit this next week when they play Ohio State. It might be for the Big Ten title, so it will be a good game to go to.
"Iowa is recruiting me pretty hard."
DeSmet Jesuit will play the winner of today's quarterfinal game between Hazelwood Central (11-0) and Christian Brothers (10-1). Hazelwood Central defeated the Spartans 20-19 in the season opener.