Mark Gum has the arm. Andrew Heuiser has the hands.
Todd Tinsley and J.J. Lewis have the speed. Trell Edington has the leg.
On defense, they've got playmakers like Travon Battles and Parker Williams.
As Perryville coach Rick Chastain put it, "They just have too many weapons."
Poplar Bluff seems to have it all this year. The Mules are the only undefeated team in the SEMO Conference, bringing a record of 7-0 into Friday's Class 4, District 1 game against Sikeston. Winning by an average score of 31 to 11, Bluff will be a heavy favorite against the Bulldogs, but I think this has the makings of a barn-burner.
Sikeston won last year's game and took the heavily-favored Mules down to the wire in the '01 and '00 seasons. The Bulldogs have always matched up well with Poplar Bluff.
Expect this potential blowout to be a dogfight.
Final score: Poplar Bluff 21, Sikeston 14
The Class 3, District 1 title might have been won last week with NMCC's victory over Fredericktown. Still, the Eagles can't start scouting Festus or Ste. Genevieve just yet. Dexter is no pushover. The Bearcats are the defending district champs and will play like it on Friday night. Final score: NMCC 27, Dexter 17
Portageville doesn't look like they have much of a chance in this Class 2, District 1 game. Caruthersville looks like a much better team, beating NMCC, St. Vincent and Dexter. Still, the McKay factor gives Portageville a chance. He beat Gilmore last year when he was at Hayti. Can he do it again? I wouldn't bet on it.
Final score: Caruthersville 32, Portageville 20
Once again, Lawrence Brookins appears to have his team playing its best football of the season at the right time. The Tigers put up a season-high 44 points in an impressive win over Sikeston, finally looking like the dominant team we all thought they would be this year. Perryville shouldn't be too much of a challenge. Final score: Cape Central 34, Perryville 14
After last week's big win over Parkway Central, Jackson hopes to keep it rolling this week against Parkway West. A win here puts the Indians in the Class 5, District 1 title game. Who'd a thunk it?
Final score: Jackson 28, Parkway West 27
Kennett has shown marked improvement in its last three games, soundly defeating Portageville and Malden, then taking Dexter to the limit last week. But are they good enough to stay on the same field with Fredericktown?
Final score: Fredericktown 21, Kennett 7
It looks like Charleston's three-year reign as Class 2, District 2 champs has finally come to an end. To still have a shot at it, the Bluejays need to beat Grandview and Scott City by 13 points, then hope somebody takes down Crystal City. Charleston will do its part. Final score: Charleston 40, Grandview 14
Hayti's hopes of another trip to the dome took a serious hit last week with an unexpected loss to St. Vincent. Will the Indians finish strong, or will they fold up the tepee early?
Final score: Hayti 28, Valle 6
Malden is making up for lost time. After opening the season with six losses, the Green Wave have won two in a row, beating Chaffee 50-0 and Portageville 27-24. Up next is up-and-down East Prairie, a team they beat 53-8 last year. A win here puts them in the Class 2, District 1 championship game. Final score: Malden 28, East Prairie 20
Both Scott City and Crystal City are in control of their own destiny. The winner of this game should claim Class 2, District 2, unless Scott City beats Crystal City, then loses to Charleston in Week 10. Hold on folks, this district could get interesting. Final score: Scott City 21, Crystal City 20