Nobody asked me but...the much anticipated Class 3, District 1 football matchup between the New Madrid County Central Eagles and the Dexter Bearcats is now a week closer after both teams took care of business last week.
The Eagles thoroughly thumped the Kennett Indians 42-0 and after a slow start in the first half, Dexter rallied with 28 points in the second half to down a much-improved Perryville Pirates squad 31-0.
This week, NMCC faces Perryville at home and that should be a tough test for the Eagles. The Pirates have a solid offensive line and their linebackers roam from sideline to sideline on defense.
Dexter hosts Kennett and that means one thing for the Indians...bad news for the Indians.
Assuming that the Eagles can defeat Perryville, the game of the year in southeast Missouri is only nine days away.
* Five stone cold truths about NMCC and Dexter...
1. L.T. Sutton and Patrick Guest of the Eagles might be the two best defensive linemen in the SEMO Central. You get one blocked and the other one just lights up opposing quarterbacks and running backs. That's a tough combo for any opposing offensive line to deal with.
2. Josh Stevens has distinguished himself as the best quarterback in the area. Stevens lit up Perryville last week with 255 yards passing and has the fire and leadership to take his team into the playoffs.
3. Dylan Harris of NMCC is the best fullback in the area. Harris is a tough runner but is an important blocker in the Eagles running schemes.
4. Dexter has the best linebacking corps in the area. David Hessling, Glen Johnson, Taylor Joyner and Zach Ventura are not big in size, but will put a hit on an opposing player in a big way.
5. Dexter's Aaron Pixley is the best head coach in the area. With Pixley, Dexter has a program, not just a football team. The kids are hitting the weight room and making sacrifices throughout the summer to improve. Pixley should be applauded for turning around a dormant program.
* While the Sikeston varsity football team has struggled, the junior high program ended on relatively high notes.
The ninth grade team finished 6-2 with losses to a stacked Jackson team and Poplar Bluff. In their six wins, the Bullpups outscored their opponents by an average score of 40-5.
The eighth grade finished the season at 3-3 with wins over Charleston, Poplar Bluff and Kennett.
Hopefully, the winning trend by the junior high program will translate to the varsity level and Sikeston fans will again have something to cheer for at "Sapp Stadium."
* The premier program in the area has to be Charleston basketball, a close second is Kelly softball.
The Lady Hawks softball team finished in third place last weekend in Class 2 at Columbia.
And finally, nobody asked me but...a rumor has been circulating in Sikeston that former freshman coach Homer Jackson has been named varsity head coach of the girls basketball team replacing Fred Johnson.
Confirmation has been made with Jackson that the top secret appointment has been made. One has to wonder if Sikeston Public Schools would keep its hire of a boys coach under such C.I.A. secrecy.