ST. LOUIS -- With less than seven minutes remaining in Jackson's opening Class 5, District 1 game Friday night at Parkway Central the Indians found themselves down by 22 points.
It merely set the stage for a miraculous comeback as running back Jason Meystedt and quarterback Marc Lumsden brought Jackson's offense to life, leading the Indians to a 34-28 victory over a stunned Parkway Central squad.
"This is an awesome game on our part," said Meystedt, who scored three touchdowns. "We did a great job."
After the Colts (1-7) pulled ahead 28-6 on a Shawn Scott touchdown run, it was time for Meystedt to get to work. Meystedt returned the following kickoff more than 80 yards for his second touchdown of the game. Tyler Profilet hit Brad Crader in the end zone on a two-point conversion to make the score 28-14 with 6:30 left.
Jackson (4-3) kept the momentum going by recovering the ensuing onside kick. Lumsden took over at quarterback and quickly hit Meystedt for a 42-yard reception to set the Indians up at the 5-yard line. Meystedt punched it in two plays later. The Indians missed their second extra point of the game and the score stood 28-20.
The Indians' special teams quickly atoned for the missed point by recovering its second onside kick. Lumsden, who had been alternating at quarterback with Profilet, stayed in at quarterback for his first consecutive series of the game. Once again Meystedt made a big catch, bringing the Indians to the 20-yard line.
After Jackson was backed up 15 yards for a personal foul, Lumsden hit Crader for a 34-yard touchdown pass to bring the Indians within two points. Meystedt rumbled into the end zone on the two-point conversion to tie the score with less than four minutes left.
Reeling after allowing three touchdowns in three minutes, Parkway Central's offense went three and out on its next possession. With the ball at their own 45-yard line, the Indians went to the air to complete the comeback.
Lumsden hit Neal Grossheider and Derek Miller on consecutive plays to put the ball at the Colts' 15-yard line. The Indians drew a pass interference penalty on the next play, and two Meystedt runs later Jackson was up for the first time in the game.
Meystedt finished the game with 78 yards rushing and 98 yards receiving. Lumsden completed his last six passes of the fourth quarter.
Meystedt accounted for Jackson's only touchdown of the first half, which ended with Parkway Central leading 7-6.
In other district action, Francis Howell defeated Parkway West 28-7. Jackson will host Parkway West on Friday.
MALDEN -- The Malden football team pulled off the improbable, upsetting heavy favorite Portageville 27-24 Friday night.
The Green Wave, who didn't get their first win of the season until thumping winless Chaffee last week, ended a see-saw battle that featured seven lead changes on Kyle Jones' 27-yard run with less than three minutes left.
Malden, which onside-kicked every kickoff, recovered the ensuing kickoff and ran out the clock.
The Class 2, District 1 title was supposed to be decided between Caruthersville and Portageville next Friday, but the Green Wave (2-6) are surprisingly in the hunt.
Malden faces East Prairie Friday with the district title potentially on the line a week later when the Green Wave travel to Caruthersville.
"We wanted this really bad," Malden's Aaron Prenger said. "We're going to have to take what we did tonight and improve on that."
Portageville (5-2) took a 24-21 lead with six minutes left when Detric Kershaw scored from 25 yards out. But after Malden turned the ball over on downs on its next possession, the Bulldogs lost a costly fumble that the Green Wave recovered on the Portageville 27-yard line.
Jones, who had season-highs of 207 yards and three touchdowns, scored on the next play to give Malden the lead for good.
"I can't say enough about our line," Malden assistant coach Keith Merideth said. "They all did one heck of a job tonight."
Portageville took a 6-0 lead on the first of Antonio Scott's three touchdown runs midway through the first quarter. The drive was set up by a Malden fumble that Portageville recovered on the Green Wave 34.
Jones scored from six yards out at the end of the first quarter, but Scott answered with a 41-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter to make it 12-7.
Trey Porter scored from 20 yards out at the end of the first half to give Malden a 14-12 lead, but Scott answered again -- this time a 34-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter.
Jones capped a 61-yard drive early in the fourth quarter with a 5-yard run that made it 21-18.
STE. GENEVIEVE -- Injury? What injury?
Ste. Genevieve rusher Adam Schwent rushed for a season-low 121 yards and two first-half touchdowns on 18 carries Friday leading the host Dragons to an easy 27-0 Class 3, District 2 victory over Park Hills Central.
Schwent played defense, too, collecting an interception and had 12 total tackles. He was expected to see limited action after his Week-7 neck injury against Herculaneum.
He didn't practice until Thursday and his time on the field Friday was cut short in mid-third quarter with the Dragons up three touchdowns.
Ste. Genevieve (5-3, 1-2 MAFC-White Division) scored one touchdown in each quarter. Quarterback Nathan Hutson threw for 137 yards and a touchdown, and scrambled for for a 39-yard TD himself for the other two scores.
The Rebels fall to 4-4 overall and 0-3 in the Mississippi Area Football Conference-White Division.
The Dragons visit Potosi on Halloween. The Trojans lost 49-7 at Festus Friday in the other first-round district matchup.
STE. GENEVIEVE -- Valle Catholic senior rusher Steve Koller punched in two touchdowns in the game's first six minutes and the rout was on as the host Warriors rolled to a 55-7 Class 1, District 1 victory on senior night Friday.
Valle (5-3) led 28-0 after one quarter and 49-0 at halftime. The Warrior varsity took the rest of the night off with five minutes left in the opening half.
Koller, plagued with injuries all season, finished with 89 yards on just five carries. Backup rusher Tim Jokerst had 46 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Sophomore backup quarterback Sean Odneal was a perfect 7-for-7 on extra-point kicks.
Senior quarterback Patrick Odneal had 100 yards and one touchdown on 4-of-8 passing.
Valle intercepted Red Devil quarterback Chris Estep four times and held them to only 70 rushing yards.
Estep did throw for 132 yards.
Valle hosts Hayti on Halloween. Hayti was upset 27-0 by St. Vincent Friday.