(Josh Mills, Staff)
NEW MADRID -- The New Madrid County Central Eagles (9-3) outlasted the Potosi Trojans (11-1) to claim a 32-24 victory in a barnburner Monday night outside New Madrid.
The Eagles G'Darius Stevenson played like a man possessed Monday night, providing 307 yards of total offense, 294 of which came on just 20 rushes. Stevenson also added three of NMCC's five touchdowns.
The Eagle defense limited the effectiveness of the Trojans highly touted tailback Brandon Bourbon. Bourbon had 121 yards on 21 carries, but only one of those were for a gain longer than 15 yards and Bourbon was not allowed to score in a game for the first time this season.
NMCC's defensive unit also caused problems for Potosi play-caller Matt Marler. The junior quarterback was 13-for-31 on the evening, and although he had three touchdowns, he was intercepted three times as well.
Offensively, Stevenson had the help of some old allies. Dontre Jenkins returned under center for tonight's showdown, which seemed to open things up in the Eagles backfield. Jenkins was just 2-for-4 with 31 yards and a touchdown through the air and two carries for 16 added to his total, but his presence seemed to allow Rodney Anderson to contribute 82 yards of his own.
(For more photos and stories see Tuesday's Standard Democrat)