The oldest rivalry west of the Mississippi River finally has a chance to live up to its prestige.
This Friday the 116th installment of Sikeston-Charleston will be about more than just who's running the gameball down I-57, or talking to people that you haven't seen in a coon's age.
The Bluejays actually have a chance to win this time. The Charleston faithful may cry foul to that, but the numbers don't lie. Sikeston leads the series 79-31-4, and has won nine of the last 10 games.
The Bluejays always deserve an "E" for effort, playing the Bulldogs close. But getting the "W" has been tough.
So will Charleston chalk up number 32 at SPS Stadium Friday night?
Don't count on it. The Bluejays might jump out to an early lead, and could even be ahead going into the fourth quarter. Eventually though, the pounding they're going to take up front will take its toll. Expect another close one.
Final score: Sikeston 28, Charleston 24
- Both Centrals were a little rusty in their season openers last week, but still managed to pull out convincing victories. The Eagles have a huge advantage in the skill areas, while the Tigers have a considerable edge on the offensive and defensive lines.
Both teams have outstanding defenses. Like last year, it will come down to a few big plays.
Final score: NMCC 21, Cape Central 14
- Unless Jackson has gotten 36 points worse than they were last year, you can expect the Indians to have this game in hand by halftime.
Final score: Jackson 35, Sumner 8
- The Mules don't match up well with certain teams, and Blytheville is one of them. The Chickasaws played like a bunch of Chicks last week against NMCC, but they've got athletes that will give Poplar Bluff problems.
Final score: Poplar Bluff 28, Blytheville 20
- After losing by 40 points last week, Caruthersville could do a 180-degree turn and upset a disappointed Kennett squad. They only fell six points short of doing it last year. Still, smart money rides with the Indians.
Final score: Kennett 27, Caruthersville 16
- In Arkansas, you won't find many teams in worse shape than Jonesboro's Westside. The Warriors are just a terrible, terrible team.
Final score: Dexter 43, Westside 6
- One of the few Arkansas teams in worse shape than Jonesboro Westside is Corning. The Bobcats are on a 13-game losing streak and won't snap that against an improved East Prairie squad.
Final score: East Prairie 14, Corning 0
Fredericktown at Chaffee
- Last week's win over Grandview might end up being Chaffee's highlight of the season. Fredericktown is down this year, but they're still going to take it to the Red Devils.
Final score: Fredericktown 34, Chaffee 10
|Malden at Hayti|
- The Green Wave have beaten the Indians seven straight years, but the streak stops here. Demarcus Stewart will lead Hayti to victory.
Final score: Hayti 20, Malden 16
- After 11 straight losses, Portageville has to be getting hungry for a win. This is where the Bulldogs turn things around.
Final score: Portageville 16, Scott City 12