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Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

Charleston 3-peat on the horizon

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Last week Charleston took a huge step towards its third straight district championship, defeating Crystal City 42-20.

After opening the season 1-5, the Bluejays have now won two straight by an average score of 45 to 18.

And the blowouts don't stop here.

Charleston is going to beat Grandview this week and Scott City next week as bad as they want, which will put them at .500 for the regular season. The rocky start might have been tough on the fans, but lucky for them, this isn't college football.

The first seven games of the year don't count, unless you base your season on conference championships.

In high school football, it's not how you start, it's how you finish. And Charleston is going to finish its season in the state playoffs.

Final score: Charleston 35, Grandview 12

Last week's loss to Cape Central put Sikeston in a tough spot. The Bulldogs need to beat Poplar Bluff and Perryville each by 13 points, then hope the Mules can pull out a massive upset over the Tigers next week.

Sikeston will do its part. Poplar Bluff won't.

Final score: Sikeston 28, Poplar Bluff 15

NMCC at Dexter

New Madrid County Central seemed to take another step back in last week's loss to Fredericktown. The Eagles will need a much better effort if they are going to stay on the same field with Dexter.

The Bearcats have broken the 40-point barrier four weeks in a row, and their defense has given up just 20 points in that span.

This looks like the end of a great district run for the Eagles. Ste. Genevieve...here come the Bearcats.

Final score: Dexter 31, NMCC 20

The Tigers have some offensive weapons, but their defense has allowed more points than any other team in the SEMO Conference.

The exact number is 281 -- 35 points a game.

Chris Bates, Danny Tubbs, Drew Underwood, Michael Conaway and Ted Ivie will open enormous running lanes for Portageville's blue-collar backs to run through.

This week the Bulldogs finally cracked the state's Top 10 poll. They will be on there for a while.

Final score: Portageville 39, Caruthersville 13

Kennett kept its pathetic 'second-season' tradition alive by laying an egg against Dexter last week. This week the Indians take on Fredericktown, who is on cloud 9 after beating NMCC. If this were Week 4, I would take Kennett in a landslide. Now that it counts, I'll go with the three-win Blackcats.

Final score: Fredericktown 21, Kennett 20

Last week Jackson had state power Parkway Central on the ropes, but some rotten luck late kept the Indians away from the upset.

This week Jackson takes on Parkway Central's second cousin, Parkway West. The Longhorns are 5-3 with losses to Lindbergh, Mehlville and Francis Howell. Expect another close loss for the Indians.

Final score: Parkway West 17, Jackson 14

Valle Catholic at Hayti

Hayti hasn't been the same since losing to Portageville in Week 6. The once-unstoppable Indians defeated below-average Scott City 20-0, then squeaked past slightly above average St. Vincent 7-6 in the final seconds last week.

A few weeks ago, Valle Catholic looked like a guaranteed blowout win. Now I'm not so sure.

After all, the Warriors have won five straight.

Final score: Hayti 21, Valle Catholic 7

In order to get into the playoffs, Chaffee has to beat St. Vincent, Hayti has to lose to Valle, then Chaffee has to beat Hayti next week. Good luck with that.

Final score: St. Vincent 35, Chaffee 8

The Perryville Pirates will get dressed for Friday's game in Houck Stadium's locker. After Monroe Hicks and Jeremiah Dukes get done with them, they will undress down in Davy Jones' Locker.

Final score: Cape Central 45, Perryville 0

The going doesn't get much easier for winless East Prairie. Last week, the Eagles were defeated by Caruthersville 36-9. Now it's Malden's turn.

Final score: Malden 36, East Prairie 9

Crystal City at Scott City

Crystal City is the second best team in Class 2, District 2, behind Charleston.

Final score: Crystal City 28, Scott City 14