(Photos by Tim Jaynes, Staff)
EAST?PRAIRIE -- Collin Dannenmueller intercepted a pass inside Chaffee's own 1-yard line and the Red Devils marched 99 yards for a pivotal touchdown in a 28-14 win at East Prairie on Saturday afternoon.
Chaffee improved to 4-2, reaching the four-win mark for the first time since 1990.
"This was a big win, especially coming off the win last week against Scott City and trying not have a letdown," Chaffee coach Charlie Vickery said.
The Red Devils had beaten Scott City 21-19 the previous week in their homecoming game. They have their first three-game winning streak since 1988 and are seeking their first winning season since 1990.
"We had four penalties on that drive that we were able to overcome," Vickery said. "We had way too many penalties, probably about 90 yards in penalties."
Chaffee rushed for 313 yards to finish with 395 yards of offense, while East Prairie had 238 yards, the majority in the air.
Steger added a 16-yard TD run in the fourth period. He finished with 94 yards on 14 carries.
Dylan McAlister, who scored Chaffee's first touchdown on a 5-yard run in the first period, led Chaffee with 109 yards rushing on 17 carries.
Dannenmueller scored the second touchdown on a 12-yard run, giving Chaffee a 14-7 lead in the second quarter.
Hendrix was 4-for-4 on extra points. He also ran for 64 yards on 11 carries and was 3-of-8 passing for 82 yards.
Chaffee, 2-0 in the SEMO South and tied with Hayti as the conference's unbeaten teams, plays Malden (1-5) in Week 7 before district battles with St. Vincent (2-4) and Hayti (6-0).
"The next one is always the biggest game, that's what I tell the kids," Vickery said. "I don't worry about Hayti until we get there."
East Prairie will play at winless Portageville Friday night.