For both Cape Central and Poplar Bluff, the entire 2003 season hinges on Thursday night's game at Morrow Stadium. The Mules are 8-0 with one to go, seeking their first undefeated season since 1990. Anything short of a district championship would be a disappointment.
Cape Central is 7-2, looking for its fourth consecutive playoff berth.
The Tigers are currently playing their best football of the year. With the talent they have, ending the season here is unacceptable.
But something has to give. Only one team can come out of Class 4, District 1 alive. Poplar Bluff will be favored by most, but I like Cape's recent track record in big games. Final score: Cape Central 28, Poplar Bluff 27
Say what you want, but the self-proclaimed "fat backs" are getting the job done down in Green Wave Country. Just a month ago, it looked like Malden had one of, if not the worst team in the area. Then they put some beef in the backfield. Now after three big wins, Kevin Collier's squad is in a position to win a district championship on Thursday night. Unfortunately for them, state-ranked Caruthersville stands in the way. Even the fat backs need to pack a lunch for this one. Final score: Caruthersville 42, Malden 24
Perryville at Sikeston
Every team's ultimate goal is to end the season with a victory, but this isn't the way you want to do it. Since both Perryville and Sikeston are out of the playoff race, this one is strictly for pride. Final score: Sikeston 20, Perryville 13
Former Eagle coach Ronnie Jones tries to stop the program he built from the ground up. Had NMCC not already won the district, this Thursday night game would be a must-see. Final score: NMCC 34, Kennett 14
Hayti had some big hopes squashed this year. I'm sure they will take out their frustrations on the Red Devils Thursday night in their season finale. Final score: Hayti 41, Chaffee 0
This game was supposed to be for the Class 2, District 2 championship. But Crystal City came in this year and stole it away from both of them. The Bluejays should win, ending their season with a .500 record. Final score: Charleston 34, Scott City 19
If you compare scores, Fredericktown looks like the better team this season. They played NMCC close and beat Kennett by 50. Dexter squeaked past Kennett and got killed by NMCC. Last year, this game was for the district title. Final score: Fredericktown 27, Dexter 14
Both Portageville and East Prairie have struggled in the second half of the season. The Eagles are on a three game losing streak while the Bulldogs have lost two straight. This week, one of them has to win. Final score: Portageville 27, East Prairie 14
Jackson is still alive in the Class 5, District 1 race. The Indians need to beat Howell on Friday, then hope Parkway Central can beat Parkway West. Final score: Jackson 21, Howell 20