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Roosevelt is no joke this year

Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Some will love to remember Week 6 of high school football in the SEMO Conference. Others would love to forget it.

While Poplar Bluff and NMCC fell from the ranks of the undefeated, Jackson and Sikeston posted their most impressive victories of the season.

Much to my surprise, the Indians absolutely murdered arch-rival Cape Central, 33-0.

Prior to that game, I figured most of Jackson's success was due to its light schedule.

But no other team has come close to handling Cape Central and Sikeston like Jackson did.

Speaking of Sikeston, last week's win over NMCC was also unexpected.

Considering what has transpired the last couple of weeks, the Bulldogs now look like the favorite to win 4A District 1.

But before Sikeston starts engraving its name into the district championship trophy, they've got to deal with Roosevelt first.

Don't laugh, this isn't the same pathetic team that went 1-9 last season.

The Rough Riders have a new coach and currently stand with a record of 4-2, coming off a 44-8 win over Soldan.

Still, Sikeston fans can expect to be 5-2 after the smoke clears.

The Bulldogs have proven themselves as one of the area's top teams.

Final score: Sikeston 31, Roosevelt 13

Once again East Prairie came up on the wrong end of a nail-bitter last week, losing a game they should've won.

The Eagles should be 4-2 right now instead of 1-5. East Prairie now has the tall task of tuning up for district play with Charleston Friday night.

Chalk up loss number six for the hard-luck Eagles, but don't expect this one to be close.

Final score: Charleston 43, East Prairie 12

Last week NMCC suffered its first regular-season loss since the Borgia game of '99.

It will be interesting to see how this group deals with adversity, especially considering their Week 7 opponent may be the best they've faced all year.

Dyersburg (6-1) has skill players similar to NMCC's and might have an advantage on the line.

The Trojans are probably favored by most, but I'm going with the track record of NMCC's senior class.

Dereke Tipler, Desmond Sims, Brian Murph and the rest of the Eagles will find a way.

Final score: NMCC 28, Dyersburg 20

Things don't get any easier for Poplar Bluff, as the Mules follow up last week's game against Columbia Hickman with Springfield Hillcrest.

The Hornets were able to nip Poplar Bluff last year, and return almost everybody from that team.

They're currently 6-0 with wins over Southwest Missouri powers Kickapoo and Nixa.

Final score: Hillcrest 35, Poplar Bluff 28

Cape Central is desperate for a win, but have no fear -- Ritenour is up next!

Again the Huskies are an awful team. They're 1-5, having been outscored 141 to 25.

The Tigers have finally found a team they can blow out of the water.

Final score: Cape Central 36, Ritenour 0

This week, Dexter's play selection of Matt Burnett right, Matt Burnett left, Matt Burnett up the middle will be good enough.

Final score: Dexter 28, Caruthersville 6

Malden (1-5) plays host to Chaffee (2-4) in a game that could go either way.

The Green Wave were improving each week before the Kennett game last Friday. The Red Devils have been in some tight games, and are more fundamentally sound.

I give the edge to Malden. Chaffee will have trouble stopping bruising fullback John Sutton.

Final score: Malden 21, Chaffee 18

Kennett filled its open date with Bruceton, Tenn., this year in a bold move before districts.

Bruceton returns a good nucleus of players from last year's 10-3 quarterfinal team, including all-state running back Adrian Jamison.

Tabbed as one of the state's top running backs, the 5-foot-11 speedster has guided the Tigers to a 6-1 record, winning by an average score of 37 to 15.

Expect Kennett to dip back below .500.

Final score: Bruceton 35, Kennett 14

When will Jackson play a team on its level? Not this week.

Hillsboro is just your average Mineral Area squad, and that isn't much to brag about this year.

Like last year, the Indians are too good for this schedule they're playing.

Final score: Jackson 48, Hillsboro 12

Hayti had its first close game of the season last week, rallying past Cinderella Portageville 14-6. The Indians will exit back on blowout highway this week against the struggling Rams.

Final score: Hayti 38, Scott City 21