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Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016

Nobody asked me but . . .

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Nobody asked me but...kudos to the fans and supporters of the East Prairie Eagles football team. It was impressive to see that the East Prairie side of the field had more fans than the home club Scott City Rams.

Nobody asked me but...is Paris Tipler the best running back in the area this year? The East Prairie junior leads the area in rushing with 704 yards through three games. He also leads the area in total touchdowns with 11.

Nobody asked me but...East Prairie looks stacked for future football seasons. Freshmen M.C. Williams and Riley Hadenfelt were extremely impressive in the win over Scott City. Hadenfelt was a beast at linebacker and Williams looks capable at running back and he is already extremely valuable as he kicks extra points and kicks the air out of the football on kickoffs.

Add in fellow freshman Ian Penrod who starts at offensive line and sophomore Tony Jones at tight end, and the Eagles are going to be a team to watch for in the future.

Nobody asked me but...the Sikeston Bulldog defense is making opposing running backs seem like a modern-day Jim Brown. Caruthersville's Kendrickus Reed rushed for 211 yards with six touchdowns. Charleston's Joseph Watts battled for 195 yards with two touchdowns and Dexter's Alex Becker ran loose for 256 yards with five touchdowns.

Three rushers racked up 662 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. In those three games, Sikeston's defense allowed an average of 220 yards rushing to a collection of three running backs.

Nobody asked me but...the game of the week will pit Bootheel rivals Hayti and Caruthersville. Can both teams recover from stunning losses last week as Hayti fell to Kennett and the Tigers were thrashed by Charleston?

Kendrickus Reed was held to 64 yards rushing against Charleston. Look for Reed to rush well over 200 yards this game and the Tigers will crush Hayti 52-34.

Nobody asked me but...my backside has caught up with the Charleston bandwagon and is firmly planted again. After singing their praises in the preseason, your humble scribe jumped ship amid troubling scores against Kennett and Sikeston.

But after the whipping Charleston put on state-ranked Caruthersville, I am back on board. Look for the Bluejays to handle NMCC by a score of 27-17.

Nobody asked me but...interest must be anew in the New Madrid County Central football program as the Eagles racked up 561 yards rushing and scored seven touchdowns on the ground against Fredericktown last week.

A switch at quarterback seemed to put a new life in the program. The Eagles put sophomore Leslie Williams at the controls and NMCC ran wild against the Knights.

Your humble scribe has been begging for some coach to take a chance and put an athlete behind center. Congrats, coach Pixley for making a bold move that should pay off in the long run.

Nobody asked me but...the closest game of the week should be in Dexter when the Bearcats take on the Malden Green Wave. Dexter handled Sikeston last week and Malden kissed their sister with a tie at Corning, Ark.

It should be a battle of running attacks and Dexter should use workhorse Alex Becker for multiple scores and the Bearcats will be victorious with a 26

-20 win.

Nobody asked me but...the Sikeston Bulldogs are hungry for a win and will play a down Jackson Indians team. The game should be a close one but look for Jackson to wear down the Bulldogs with their size on the offensive line and win 21-14.

Nobody asked me but...it was good to see Sikeston softball player Allison Blurton back on the softball diamond. The Lady Bulldogs have been struggling this year in her absence and hopefully she can return to form by district time.

And finally, nobody asked me but...Sikeston fans should take time out of their day and watch the varsity soccer team. Blake Taylor is a dominant player who is a goal-scoring machine. All these players practice and play hard and deserve some attendance for their home games.