Nobody asked me but...the game of the week in Southeast Missouri for high school football will take place in Caruthersville, as the Tigers will entertain the East Prairie Eagles. The winner will be Class 2, District 1 champs and the other will think what might have been.
Most believe it will be a battle of area running backs between the Tigers' Kendrickus Reed and the Eagles' Paris Tipler. Reed and Tipler get the headlines but Caruthersville quarterback Keith Creekmore and East Prairie running back Dez Johnson will also play a key role in the contest.
After throwing for over 2,000 yards last season, Creekmore has had a difficult season with interceptions and Johnson is just now getting healthy from an early-season injury.
Both defenses are shaky as the Tigers seem vulnerable up the middle on the run and the Eagles have issues with staying focused for the entire game. Caruthersville seems to have more team speed and they might be able to corral both Tipler and Johnson.
In the end, that is the key, the defense that avoids the greatest number of big plays will claim the title. Nobody asked me but I believe Caruthersville's Reed will run wild and the Tiger defense will contain Tipler and Johnson. The Tigers will win 42-28.
Hopefully East Prairie will bring some more folks than they did at Portageville. Hey Eagle fans, this is for a spot in the playoffs, you might want to show up and support the team! What else could be going on in East Prairie on a Thursday night? I checked the local listings, NASCAR isn't running on Thursday.
Unleash Caruthersville wideout Rashad Fields, Tiger coaches. This kid is a beast and doesn't get near the touches he needs. Come to think of it, diversify your running backs and get junior Aaron Borders more opportunities to run the football.
I wish there was some way I could TiVO the North County/Farmington football game on Thursday. It should be a classic Class 4 showdown. I don't believe the Knights have the horses up front to match up with the Raiders' linemen of Jake Goforth and Joe Skaggs. North County will win 31-21.
Alex Becker should be the Carr Trophy winner for the best football player in Southeast Missouri. But can his offensive linemen get a sliver of the trophy for paving the way for a great season? Don't get me wrong, Becker is a good running back but when you are not touched until 10 yards down the field, good backs look outstanding. What would Reed or Tipler do behind the Bearcat offensive line?
The Sikeston Bulldogs boys soccer team will repeat as district champs and upset favored Notre Dame. Sikeston is peaking at the right time and their defense looks like it cannot be penetrated.
Sikeston had a big and boisterous crowd Tuesday night at the soccer match against Fredericktown. Has Sikeston become a soccer town replacing football? Hopefully, Sikeston can have an even bigger crowd on Thursday night as they play for the district crown against home-field favorites Notre Dame.
Move the soccer finals to Friday night. Most schools have football games on Thursday night and moving back the soccer finals will help with conflicts over which game to attend. Also will give soccer their own spotlight in which to showcase the teams.
This BCS formula for college football is a joke. The national champion is not determined on the field but by voters and computers? Imagine, HAL 9000 is making the choice between USC, Texas and Virginia Tech. Shear madness!
If you can't have a playoff tournament with six or eight teams, have the plus one game in which the winners of the top bowl games will play an extra game the week after.
What makes me upset is that the college presidents, which run college football, will not admit that the reason for the BCS is because they can rake in money from the bowls. It is purely a monetary issue.
They claim it is for the student-athlete, can't have them out of class that long to run a playoff system. Hmmm...it seems to me that Division I-AA, II and III run a seamless playoff. Why can't Division I? Yup, student-athletes at Florida St. need to concentrate on the books more than those at Washington University.
And finally, nobody asked me but...it has been a pleasure to work with some of the local football coaches this season.
Especially, coach Corey Adkisson of East Prairie, Shawn Jackson of Hayti, Brad Gerling of Caruthersville, Arlen Pixley of New Madrid County Central and Ashley Swims of Portageville. Thanks for making my job easier, gentlemen.