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All bad things must come to an end

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

They say all good things must come to an end. But for the last couple of years, East Prairie's football team has been hoping the opposite was true.

Most coaches will say you can't win them all. But can you lose them all?

The Eagles sure seemed to.

They took a 19-game losing streak into last Friday's game against Scott City. During that span, East Prairie played several teams close. But for one reason or another, they always ended up on the short end.

All that changed with a big win over Scott City. Even more shocking was the final score: 34-7.

East Prairie didn't just beat the Rams -- they killed them. Finally, a ray of sunlight can be seen down in the cellar.

Is this where East Prairie turns it around?

We'll see on Saturday, when the Eagles play host to Fulton County, Ky.

Final score: East Prairie 21, Fulton County 14

Sikeston is looking for answers after unexpected losses to Jackson and Dexter. The Bulldogs should be able to work out the kinks this week against winless Kennett.

Final score: Sikeston 21, Kennett 7

The most high-profile game in the area takes place on Thursday, when North County takes on Cape Central. The Raiders are considered the best team in this part of the state and will be favored by most to beat Cape.

I'll go with the upset and take Mitch Craft and the Tigers.

Final score: Cape Central 31, North County 30

New Madrid County Central is definitely a second-half team.

The Eagles have scored just six points in the first half compared to 53 in the second. In all three games the Eagles have played, the winning team has scored 26 points. That should change this week.

Final score: NMCC 32, Charleston 20

There are several good rivalries in the SEMO Conference, and the "Battle of the Bootheel" has to rank right at the top. To make things even more interesting, former Hayti coach David Gilmore is now at Caruthersville.

This should be a good one.

Final score: Hayti 28, Caruthersville 21

In the last two weeks, Dexter's defense has allowed a total of nine points against two solid opponents. This week, they take on a Malden squad averaging just seven points a game.

I smell a shutout.

Final score: Dexter 16, Malden 0

After opening the season with an understandable loss to Ste. Genevieve, Valle Catholic has posted impressive wins over Chester, Ill., and St. Pius X.

Scott City should be their third straight victory.

Final score: Valle 28, Scott City 14

Chaffee has lost by an average score of 34 to 4 this year, and Portageville might be the best team they've seen yet.

This one could get real ugly, real quick.

Final score: Portageville 42, Chaffee 12

Trell Edington set a school record last week with a 51-yard field goal against Ozark. The kick was just one of several good things going for the unbeaten Mules this year.

This week, Bluff takes on the offensively-challenged Francis Howell North Knights.

Final score: Poplar Bluff 19, Howell North 7