Sikeston at Poplar Bluff
PLACE, TIME -- Poplar Bluff, 7 p.m.
2010 RECORDS -- Sikeston 3-0; Poplar Bluff 1-2
COACHES (RECORDS) -- Poplar Bluff: Shane Kearbey (14-11 in 3rd season); Sikeston: Kent Gibbs (101-108 in 22nd season; 23-14 in 4th season with SHS)
LAST MEETING -- 2009, Sikeston won 26-11 in Class 4 sectional game
LAST WEEK -- Sikeston defeated Dexter 41-0; Poplar Bluff lost to Savannah 38-0.
KEY PLAYERS -- Sikeston: QB Trey Lewis, LB Ray Clark, LB Treston Pulley, WR Janiel Hatchett; Poplar Bluff: RB Pete Bryant, QB Josh Freeman, QB Kortez Ellis.
OUTLOOK -- Sikeston has been stingy on defense the last two weeks and has yet to allow a point in the first quarter all season. The strength of Sikeston's defense is stopping the run as they are allowing only 1.8 yards per carry. The Bulldogs will have to stop Mules senior running back Pete Bryant who ran for 266 yards against NMCC in Week 2 and 64 last week. The Bulldog offense was slowed last week with the exception of QB Trey Lewis who compiled 364 total yards while the rest of the team only managed 103. Even though the Mules gave up 34 points last week their defense is improving, allowing only 274 total yards.
NMCC at Charleston
PLACE, TIME -- Charleston, 7 p.m.
2010 RECORDS -- NMCC 0-3; Charleston 0-3
COACHES (RECORDS) -- NMCC: Arlen Pixley (44-27 in 6th season); Charleston: Brett Blackman (4-8 in 2nd season; 0-3 in 1st season at Charleston)
LAST MEETING -- 2009, NMCC won 54-12
LAST WEEK -- NMCC lost to Farmington 51-18; Charleston lost to Portageville 30-16
KEY PLAYERS -- NMCC: QB/DB G'Darius Stevenson, RB/DB Jamareia Jones, QB/CB Arlandre Newson; Charleston: RB/LB Maurice Moore, QB Jamaul Gray, RB/LB Krushon Scott.
OUTLOOK -- Both teams come into the game winless so far in 2010. NMCC defense has been suspect, allowing 42 points per game while Charleston's has surrendered 41 points per game. The Bluejays must stop NMCC's G'Darius Stevenson who has blistered defenses for over 200 yards per game the last two weeks on the ground. Charleston showed signs of life last week against Portageville and hope to continue their improvement this week against the slumping Eagles.
Scott City at Dexter
PLACE, TIME -- Dexter, 7 p.m.
2010 RECORDS -- Scott City 1-2; Dexter 1-2
COACHES (RECORDS) -- Scott City: Jim May (6-15 in 3rd season; 3-10 in 2nd season at SC); Dexter: Aaron Pixley (61-45 in 11th season)
LAST MEETING -- 1997, Dexter won 32-6
LAST WEEK -- Scott City lost to East Prairie 37-23; Dexter lost to Sikeston 41-0
KEY PLAYERS -- Scott City: RB Garrett Schaefer, QB Jamie Scholz, OL Zach Baker, RB Alex Eichhorn; Dexter: QB Cody Stevens, RB/LB Nick Summers, RB/DL Alex Cliff, WR/DB Jake Cox.
OUTLOOK -- Despite their 41-0 loss to Sikeston last week, Dexter was able to control the Bulldog running game with the exception of QB Trey Lewis. This week they will have to continue to play the run as they will be tested by the RB tandem of Garett Schaefer and Alex Eichhorn. Scott City has struggled defensively this season, allowing 31.7 points per game but will face a sluggish Bearcat offense that has scored a total of 14 points the last two weeks.
Malden at Portageville
PLACE, TIME -- Portageville, 7 p.m.
2010 RECORDS -- Malden 2-1, Portageville 2-1
COACHES (RECORDS) -- Malden: Joel Wyatt (2-1 in 1st season); Portageville: Ronnie Jones (129-97 in 23rd season, 2-1 in 1st season at Portageville)
LAST MEETING -- 2009, Portageville won 14-12
LAST WEEK -- Malden downed Piggott, Ark., 34-7; Portageville defeated Charleston 30-16.
KEY PLAYERS -- Malden: QB Tanner Murphy, WR Quentin Jackson, DB Jonsha Robinson, FB Kyle Lemarr; Portageville: QB/LB Caden Robbins, RB/S Fred Treadwell, WR/DB Tevin Walker, OL/DL Jake Young.
OUTLOOK -- Malden has already won as many games as they did all of last season and new coach Joel Wyatt's offense seems to be taking hold. The Green Wave are averaging 31 points per game and are led by sophomore quarterback Tanner Murphy who is burning opposing defenses, however, Malden has been prone to turnovers so far this season. Portageville will look to stop Murphy and the Green Wave offense with a defense that has allowed only 16 points the last two weeks. They will be helped by a ball control offense that will try to keep the Malden offense off the field, paced by running back Fred Treadwell, fresh off his 189 yard performance last week.
East Prairie at Kennett
PLACE, TIME -- Kennett, 7 p.m.
2010 RECORDS -- East Prairie 2-1; Kennett 1-2
COACHES (RECORDS) -- East Prairie: Jason Aycock (25-28 in 5th season); Kennett: Kenneth Riedinger (4-9 in 2nd season)
LAST MEETING -- 2009, East Prairie won 14-8
LAST WEEK -- East Prairie defeated Scott City 37-23; Kennett lost to Gosnell, Ark., 62-34
KEY PLAYERS -- East Prairie: QB Connor Scott, RB Zach Shipman, RB Aaron Miller, WR Phillip Latomondeer; Kennett: QB Adam Grantham; WR Cameron Wallace, WR Andy Lack.
OUTLOOK -- Kennett has been hit by injuries and gave up 62 points last week while playing three freshman and several sophomores for injured starters. The Indians have found a passing game though. Usually a ball control running team, Kennett's Grantham threw for 382 yards and four touchdowns last week while the Indians lost 18 yards on 17 carries on the ground. East Prairie continues to improve offensively, amassing 330 total yards last week. The Eagles will pose problems for the Indian defense as they can run with backs Aaron Miller and Zach Shipman or throw with QB Connor Scott.
St. Pius X at Chaffee
PLACE, TIME -- Chaffee, 7 p.m.
2010 RECORDS -- St. Pius X 1-2; Chaffee 0-3
COACHES (RECORDS) -- St. Pius X: Jerry Woods (8-35 in 5th season); Chaffee: Charlie Vickery (188-162 in 36th season; 15-37 in 6th season at Chaffee)
LAST MEETING -- 2009, St. Pius X won 42-0
LAST WEEK -- St. Pius X lost Grandview 14-7; Chaffee lost to Hayti 42-0.
KEY PLAYERS -- St. Pius X: OT/LB Hayden Smith, RB/LB Evan Temperato, QB/DB Will Basler, TE/DE Sam Wilson; Chaffee: WR/DB Mike Rutherford; RB/LB Tyson Estes; QB/LB Cody Payne; WR/DB Alex Davie.
OUTLOOK -- The Lancers are a run-first team that operates out of the spread offense. Their offense stalled last week against Grandview who defeated Chaffee 14-0 in Week 1. The Red Devils have struggled to find offense, scoring only once all season. Chaffee will utilize the pass as they threw for 200 yards last week but could only gain 23 yards on the ground.