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Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Willis has a better supporting cast

Wednesday, October 1, 2003

The top two running backs in Southeast Missouri will be on display Friday night at Caruthersville when Remond Willis and the NMCC Eagles travel to Hopke Field to face Jimmy Jackson and the Tigers.

Jackson is the area's leading rusher with 959 yards, and Willis is No. 2 on the list with 778.

These type of one versus two matchups are always interesting. Last year, it was Jackson against Orrice Stanback. And who could forget the Justin Robinson vs. Ricky Smith showdown back in '99?

The hype surrounding these games is always fun, but it usually comes down to who has the better supporting cast.

This year, it's Willis.

Edgar Givens, Mack Kimble, Brandon Waters, Darrel Newsom and Terry Long will make sure that Willis shines the brightest on Friday night.

Final score: NMCC 35, Caruthersville 14

The Bulldogs opened things up last week, scoring 41 points to beat winless Kennett.

Sikeston will face a much stiffer test Friday on the road against Farmington.

The Knights are solid in all facets of the game -- offense, defense and special teams.

Derek Wiles is a gritty runner and quarterback Stuart Sago has a solid arm and a good receiving corps.

It will take Sikeston's best effort of the season to make the long trip and beat this team.

Final score: Farmington 21, Sikeston 20

With a record of 3-1, Dexter has been a surprise up to this point.

The Bearcats will look for their biggest upset on Thursday against Cape Central.

Need some bulletin board material Bearcats?

This week the Cape newspaper printed, "No one wants to lose their homecoming game. That's probably why Central scheduled Dexter for this week at 7 p.m."

Final score: Cape Central 28, Dexter 14

Charleston is searching for answers after last week's debacle at NMCC.

The Bluejays are hungry for a win, and should be able to grab one against winless Malden.

The Green Wave have always matched up well with Charleston in the past, but they can't find the end zone this year.

Final score: Charleston 27, Malden 12

Portageville's offense is averaging 37 points per game. Kennett shouldn't hurt that average too much.

Final score: Portageville 37, Kennett 14

With the graduation of Anton Campbell, does Jackson stand a chance against Fort Zumwalt West this year?

Definitely.

The Jaguars are 1-3, averaging just seven points per game. Of course they've played powerhouses Hazelwood East and Jefferson City.

Final score: Zumwalt West 14, Jackson 10

The Scott City Rams have fallen on hard times in the last few weeks.

This week, the Red Devils should provide a pick-me-up.

Final score: Scott City 27, Chaffee 7

The top-ranked Indians squeaked out a win against Caruthersville last week.

Up next is Brentwood, a team Hayti beat 49-0 last year. Expect another blowout.

Final score: Hayti 41, Brentwood 6

After last week's cancellation, Poplar Bluff will be back in action on Saturday against Southeast, a below-average team out of Kansas City.

Looks like win No. 4 for the undefeated Mules.

Final score: Poplar Bluff 28, Southeast 12