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Upsets the best part of high school football

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

New Madrid County Central didn't seem to have much of a chance heading into last Thursday's game against Cape Central.

The Eagles were 0-1, riding a six-game losing streak that dated back to last season. They were unranked in the state and even unranked in the area media poll, receiving just 14 votes.

Cape Central was highly-ranked in the state poll and was voted the top team in Southeast Missouri, receiving all 130 possible votes.

That's what made NMCC's 26-20 win over the top-ranked Tigers such an impressive victory. How big of a win was it?

Sikeston fans could compare it to the North County game back in '99 or their win against NMCC in 2001. Poplar Bluff fans can look back to the Y2K, when they knocked off Mario Whitney and the Jackson Indians. It's kind of like last season, when Portageville beat Hayti.

The big upset.

It's the best part of high school football in my opinion. You never know when the next one is coming. Will it be in Week 3?

Sikeston found some offense last week against Charleston, while Dexter found some defense down in Gosnell.

How will this matchup unfold? History favors the Bulldogs. Sikeston has won seven of the last eight meetings, but Dexter claimed the most recent, beating the Bulldogs 29-3 last year at SPS Stadium.

The game will be played in Dexter's hostile environment this year. It should be a defensive battle.

Final score: Sikeston 14, Dexter 10

Can Remond Willis be stopped? After watching the Cape Central game, I say no. Willis ran the ball with authority, looking similar to former NMCC standout Ricky Smith with numerous stiff arms and broken tackles.

It took half of Cape's defense to bring him down as he rushed for 223 yards and two touchdowns. The Eagles also had success through the air, throwing for 149 yards.

Farmington doesn't have enough horsepower to keep up with this squad.

Final score: NMCC 28, Farmington 18

Jimmy Jackson and the Caruthersville Tigers pay a visit to Marshall Stadium Friday night for a possible sectional playoff preview against Charleston.

The two teams have a common opponent in Kennett. Charleston beat them 22-7 in Week 1, then Caruthersville got them 56-14 last week. The game also has huge SEMO Central Conference ramifications.

Final score: Caruthersville 28, Charleston 21

When it comes to Kentucky high school football, Fulton County is traditionally a cellar dweller. Portageville beat them 56-0 last year.

This year, they are 1-3 and have been outscored 148 to 63. Looks like another easy win for Antonio Scott and the Bulldogs.

Final score: Portageville 35, Fulton Co. 12

Scott City was able to move the ball on Portageville last week, but all of it was between the 20s. The Rams hope to solve their red zone woes this week against struggling East Prairie.

Look for another big game out of Matt Schaeffer.

Final score: Scott City 24, East Prairie 12

After last week's shocking loss, the Tigers have something to prove. That's not good news for Doug Quinn and his Blytheville Chickasaws.

Final score: Cape Central 28, Blytheville 6

Last week's 33-point loss to Rockwood Summit was not a good sign for Jackson. Up next is Pattonville, one of the most prestigious programs in St. Louis. The Pirates are 0-2, losing to Hickman and Ritenour.

Jackson should provide their first win.

Final score: Pattonville 21, Jackson 12

Last year Poplar Bluff lost this game 47-7. Ozark graduated several key players off that 9-1 team while the Mules return a good nucleus of players.

It's payback time.

Final score: Poplar Bluff 21, Ozark 14

Gosnell put up just two points in last week's loss to Dexter. The Pirates should fare better against Kennett, a team that is giving up 39 points per game.

Final score: Gosnell 21, Kennett 14

Malden at John Burroughs

The Bombers are 3-0 against Malden, outscoring the Green Wave 78 to 20. But John Burroughs is down this year, losing their opener last week to Principia.

This is Malden's best chance to beat this team.

Final score: Burroughs 21, Malden 14