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Time to wipe the slate clean

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

High school football in the state of Missouri is all about the final three weeks of the season.

With the way our playoff system is set up, winless Chaffee has just as good a shot of making the playoffs as undefeated Poplar Bluff does.

All 15 teams in the SEMO Conference are on equal footing at this point. What you've done in the first seven weeks doesn't matter now.

It's district time.

The only thing that counts is what you do from here on out.

Heading into the year, it looked like this Thursday night game was going to be for the Class 4, District 1 championship.

While it may not be the case now, since Poplar Bluff has proven to be the favorite, it's still a huge matchup.

Both teams have been somewhat disappointing so far, but both have the potential to beat Bluff.

The winner of this game will be sitting pretty.

Final score: Cape Central 20, Sikeston 14

These look like the two best teams in Class 3, District 1.

Fredericktown is 5-2 with big wins over Ste. Genevieve and Park Hills Central. NMCC is also 5-2, with impressive victories over Cape Central and Breese Mater Dei.

It was a good game last year, and both teams return most of their players. This one could go either way.

Final score: NMCC 26, Fredericktown 21

Charleston has been totally dominant in Class 2, District 2 recently, winning it three years in a row.

This season could be different. The Bluejays have struggled with injuries all year, entering the district with a record of 3-4.

Crystal City is 4-3 with wins over Brentwood, Chaffee, Valle Catholic and Winfield.

Is Charleston's playoff streak over? Don't bet on it. The Bluejays still have the best running back and the best team in the district.

Final score: Charleston 24, Crystal City 20

Most feel the Class 2, District 1 title will be decided next week in a game between Caruthersville and Portageville.

But the Tigers can't look past much-improved East Prairie on Friday night. The Eagles are averaging 38 points per game in their last four outings.

Final score: Caruthersville 34, East Prairie 18

At one point, it looked like Kennett had the worst team in the area. But the Indians have shown marked improvement the last few weeks with back to back wins over Portageville and Malden.

Dexter will be a good measuring stick to chart Kennett's progress.

Final score: Dexter 28, Kennett 12

Malden scored more points last week than it did in its first six games combined. Portageville's defense should bring the new-look Green Wave offense back down to earth.

Final score: Portageville 24, Malden 3

The Class 1, District 1 title runs through Hayti.

Last year Hayti squeaked past St. Vincent 7-6 on their way to the dome. Beating them shouldn't be as much of a struggle this year.

Final score: Hayti 35, St. Vincent 19

Scott City will get its third win of the season against lowly Grandview on Friday night. The Eagles are 1-6, with their only victory coming over Chaffee in Week 1.

Like most years, the Class 2, District 2 title should come down to Scott City and Charleston.

Final score: Scott City 35, Grandview 21

The Red Devils will need a big game out of Nick Powderly and Jeff Daugherty to keep this one close.

Final score: Valle 15, Chaffee 6

After last week's disappointing loss to Poplar Bluff, Jackson hopes to rebound with a win over Parkway Central in Class 5, District 1.

The Colts are 1-6, but have played most teams on their schedule close.

Final score: Jackson 28, Parkway Central 27

On Saturday, Perryville looks to hand Poplar Bluff its first loss.

After opening the season 0-4, the Pirates have won their last three.

The Mules will end that streak.

Final score: Poplar Bluff 30, Perryville 13