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Eagles end 19-game skid with 34-7 win

Sunday, September 21, 2003

SCOTT CITY -- Two years ago, East Prairie went to Scott City and picked up a 35-14 win. It was the last time the Eagles won a game.

Until Friday.

The Eagles made a return trip to Scott City and, with the help of three touchdowns from freshman Paris Tipler, won 34-7 and ended a 19-game losing streak.

"We got a big monkey off our backs tonight," East Prairie coach Brett Blackman said. "All our kids played great."

With senior running backs Josh Boyer and Brent Harland pounding away for an average of four yards a carry through the first half, it was Tipler who got the Eagles (1-2) on the scoreboard. After a Jacob Poore interception, Tipler broke several tackles for a 31-yard touchdown run.

"We just shot ourselves in the foot," Scott City coach Jackie Johnson said.

The score was 7-0 at halftime when a special teams play came back to haunt the Rams (1-2) for a second straight week. Rams running back Matt Schaefer looked like he was going to make a good return off the opening kickoff of the second half when Caleb Hatton stripped the ball from him and took it 25 yards to put the Eagles up 13-0.

The Rams drove the ball 90 yards on their next possession to cut the lead to 13-7, but that would be the last positive for Scott City. Schaefer scored on a 6-yard run.

After coughing up the ball on the Ram 6-yard line, the Eagles' defense held the Rams to a three and out, and Tipler went back to work. After a couple of short runs, Tipler got to the outside and broke a 40-yard touchdown run.

"Paris did a good job tonight," Blackman said. "Paris is going to be a great player. But don't overlook the work of our other backs."

After coming up short on a punt fake and a fourth down attempt, the Rams once again had to watch the Eagle freshman race past their defenders. With seven minutes left in the game Tipler went 40 yards for his third touchdown.

Johnson said he hopes his team learns from the loss. "I hope they don't put it behind them," he said. "I want this to linger in the back of their heads for the rest of the year."

Tipler finished the game with 165 yards on 10 carries. Boyer added 60 yards on 17 carries, and Harland had 76 on 17 carries. The Eagles passed the ball only three times. "Our kids came out and played a real physical ball game," Blackman said.

Schaefer led the Rams with 135 yards rushing on 24 carries. Quarterback Luke McClellan was 4-of-8 passing for 61 yards and two interceptions.

Blackman, who won his first game as the Eagles' coach, said he hopes this game will give his players confidence. "At the beginning of the year," he said, "I knew my hardest job was convincing these kids they can win."

KENNETT -- Mario Young ran for 116 yards on just six carries, plus scored three touchdowns as Gosnell, Ark., rolled past Kennett 39-21 Friday in high school football.

Young scored on an 81-yard run in the opening quarter to extend Gosnell's early lead to 14-0. Shawn Lee opened the game with an 80-yard kickoff return touchdown and kicked the extra points after each of the first two TDs.

Kennett answered with Danny Ragsdale's 9-yard touchdown run with 6.5 seconds left in the first quarter, but Gosnell reeled off three more TDs before halftime to go up 32-7 at the break.

In that big second quarter, Young ran for a 15-yard touchdown, quarterback Bo Whitaker passed 10 yards to Josh Smothers for another TD and Whitaker hit Young for a 36-yard score.

On the first possession of the second half, Adam Rapert broke loose for a 29-yard touchdown and Lee made the PAT to make it 39-7.

David Wilson's 6-yard touchdown run and his 33-yard TD pass to Joshua Edmonston set the final.

Whitaker finished with 158 yards and two TDs on 5-of-7 passing. The Pirates ran for 195 yards on 26 attempts.

POPLAR BLUFF -- Trell Edington broke a school record with a 51-yard field goal just before the half while Poplar Bluff scored twice in the fourth quarter in a 27-13 win over Ozark Friday night.

The Mules (3-0) took a 13-6 lead at halftime on Edington's second field goal of the night but the Tigers (1-2) blocked an Edington punt in the third quarter for a touchdown to tie the game.

Edington also kicked a 21-yard field goal in the first quarter on Poplar Bluff's first drive. Ozark needed just five plays to score on the opening drive of the game when Zane Hartgraves scored on a 20-yard touchdown run but the Mules blocked the extra point.

Poplar Bluff took a 10-6 lead midway through the second quarter when quarterback Mark Gum hit Whalen George for a 26-yard touchdown pass. Gum's touchdown pass that broke a 13-all tie with 11:07 left in the game tipped off the hands of tightend Kevin Chapin and into the endzone where Andrew Heuiser made a diving catch.

On the ensuing drive, Ozark pushed the ball to the Poplar Bluff 25 but turned the ball over on downs with 5:32 left. Poplar Bluff put the game away two plays later when Todd Tinsley scored on a 69-yard touchdown run while the Mules defense came up with their second turnover of the night when Steve Reeves intercepted a pass with 3:14 left.

Gum finished with 291 yards on 15-of-23 passing while Tinsley finished with 91 yards on 10 carries including 88 in the fourth quarter. Chapin had a career night with his four catches for 64 yards while Heusier led the Mules with 75 yards on three catches.

Hartgraves led Ozark with 156 yards rushing on 22 carries while quarterback Jake Schermer was 3-for-9 for 28 yards passing.

Edington, who is now 4-for-4 in field goal tries this year, broke an 18-year-old record and averaged 37 yards a punt. The Mules record was held by all-state kicker Alex Nagy who kicked a 49-yard field goal in 1985.

Before the game, Poplar Bluff's 1990 football team was recognized after the undefeated team was inducted into the city's Hall of Fame.

JACKSON -- Jackson rebounded from a 12-0 deficit to take a 15-12 lead in the fourth quarter Friday, but the comeback didn't go far enough against Pattonville.

A long run by Marquis Smith pushed Pattonville back on top for good with 6:49 to play, and that sealed Jackson's second loss in a row -- both of them on their home field.

The 19-15 loss dropped Jackson to 1-2 going into a bye week. The Pirates (1-2), who won last year's matchup 58-13 at home in suburban St. Louis, looked dominant early, helped by a pair of Jackson drives that stalled inside the Pattonville 10-yard line.

Both drives fizzled after interceptions, including one at the 1-yard line.

But those misfires didn't derail Jackson, which rallied early in the fourth quarter with another drive into the Pattonville red zone. Aaron Randolph's initial push to the Pattonville 1-yard line was negated by a 10-yard penalty, but the Indians found the end zone for the final time two plays later when Randolph scored from a yard out.

He added a conversion run that put the Indians up 15-12 with 7:41 to play.

The celebration ended less than a minute later.

Smith dashed out for a 65-yard touchdown run just a couple of plays into its ensuing drive to go ahead 19-15. Jackson's Tyler McNeely blocked a Pattonville punt with two minutes to play, but that drive ended with Tyler Profilet's fourth interception of the night. Profilet finished with 204 yards on 16-of-36 passing and accounted for about two-thirds of the Indians' offense. Jackson ran for only 93 yards on 32 attempts.

Pattonville was on track early, and the Pirates scored twice in the first quarter for a 12-0 lead. Thorn Strickland burned the Indians for a 52-yard touchdown run, and Smith added a 5-yard run in the final two minutes of the quarter. Jackson ran into more obstacles in the second quarter, starting with an interception by Pattonville's Carl Shelton on the Indians' first drive. Jackson's next possession ended when Smith intercepted a Profilet pass at the 1-yard line and returned it to midfield.

But it was Profilet who sparked the Indians on the first drive after halftime. His 31-yard pass to Brad Crader combined with a Dustin Fluegge PAT to pull Jackson to within five points at 12-7, and McNeely recovered a fumble on Pattonville's next drive to close the third quarter.

BLYTHEVILLE -- Cape Girardeau Central overcame a slow offensive start and rode a strong defensive performance to a 28-3 win over host Blytheville (Ark.) Friday night. The Tigers, bouncing back from last week's upset loss to New Madrid County Central, improved to 2-1. The Chickasaws fell to 0-3 as they lost their 11th straight game.

"We rode them pretty hard this week after the New Madrid game," said Central coach Lawrence Brookins, whose squad led just 7-3 at halftime. "I'm just happy we were able to come out and show a little bit of dominance in the second half. I was a little bit concerned in the first half."

Quarterback Mitch Craft, showing no ill effects from the concussion he suffered against NMCC, passed for two touchdowns and ran for another score to lead the Tigers. According to unofficial statistics, Craft completed 14 of 22 passes for 263 yards. Seven players had at least one reception. The Tigers added 90 yards rushing for 353 total yards.

"Last week we had it put to us. This week we had a little extra incentive to get it done," Craft said. "The second half, we put it together."

Central trailed 3-0 after a Blytheville field goal early in the second quarter and the Tigers did not score until less than one minute remained in the first half.

Blytheville, pinned inside its 10-yard line by Central's defense, got off a short punt that gave the Tigers the ball at the Chicks' 25 after a facemask penalty.

With 44 seconds left in the half, Craft hit Tyrone Reece with a 25-yard touchdown pass and Colin Schermann kicked the extra point for a 7-3 lead at the intermission.

The Tigers extended their lead in the opening seconds of the third quarter. On the first play of the second half after receiving the kickoff, Craft hit Clay Schermann on a 50-yard pass. On the next play, Craft ran 13 yards for a touchdown and Colin Schermann's PAT made it 14-3.

With just under eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, Central scored again as Craft hit Mark Dunaway with a 52-yard touchdown pass. Colin Schermann's PAT made it 21-3.

Less than two minutes later, with 6:12 remaining, the Tigers broke the game wide open as Gabe Edwards ran in from 21 yards out and Colin Schermann tacked on his fourth PAT for a 28-3 advantage.

Blytheville had several penetrations deep inside Central territory but the Tigers' defense allowed only the field goal, a 38-yarder by Bryce Beck.

One of the defensive highlights for the Tigers was safety Clay Schermann's first career varsity interception early in the fourth quarter that he returned 50 yards and led to Central's third touchdown.

The Tigers return to action Thursday night when North County (3-0) visits Houck Stadium for a matchup of state-ranked Class 4 teams. The Raiders are No. 7 and the Tigers are No. 10.

PERRYVILLE -- North County's Raiders, the state's seventh-ranked Class 4 football team, showed Perryville why they are so highly regarded Friday night with a 62-14 romp.

The host Pirates trailed 42-0 at halftime as they fell to 0-3 and lost their MAFC Red Division opener. North County improved to 3-0.

North County piled up 477 yards of offense, including 316 passing yards from Adam Howard, who completed 17 of 19 attempts and fired four touchdowns.

Perryville had 202 total yards and committed four turnovers. The Pirates scored in the third quarter on a 20-yard pass from Corey Buerck to Tyler Stevens and in the fourth quarter on a 49-yard pass from Matt Unterreiner to Andrew Yamnitz.

STE. GENEVIEVE -- Patrick Odneal threw for a career-high 217 yards and one touchdown, rushed for another TD and had two key defensive interceptions to lead Valle Catholic to a 28-14 homecoming victory over MAFC rival St. Pius X (Festus) Friday night at Dempsey Field.

But the victory wasn't quite so easy.

The Warriors, who led 21-0 with two minutes left in the first half, saw St. Pius standout Carlos Bisch score back-to-back touchdowns to cut Valle's lead to one touchdown by mid-third quarter, then shortly thereafter Valle lost lead rusher Steve Koller to injury.

Odneal then took matters into his own hands intercepting a pass to thwart another strong Lancer drive. He personally drove Valle downfield with several deep passes before capping off the drive on a 15-yard touchdown run for the eventual final score.