2011 Records: East Prairie (1-9); Perryville (1-9)
Series History: Perryville leads 9-1
Last Meeting: 1990, Perryville won 31-6
Outlook: Both teams are coming off of a disappointing 2011 that saw each team just win a single game. East Prairie is under new leadership this season in coach Chad Jamerson, but the Eagles will continue to run the Wing-T led by sophomore quarterback Mack Marcum. Sophomore Adrian Soto returns after rushing for 473 yards as a freshman. The Eagles also return junior Brad Beck and Frank Nave and added senior Jerry Alexander to the backfield. Perryville has lost 21 of their last 22 games and will be turning to sophomore quarterback Tyler Holligan to lead their offense. Junior Cody Crawford will get a majority of the carries at running back while Lucas Hotop heads up the receiving corps. The Pirates will be looking to improve their defense after allowing 36 points per game last season.
2011 Records: Herculaneum (5-6); Scott City (5-5)
Series History: Herculaneum leads 3-1
Last Meeting: 2011, Herculaneum won 22-14
Outlook: Herculaneum will be under a new head coach as David Cook takes over for longtime coach Stan Helms who retired. The Blackcats, who return 18 starters, will run a variation of the spread, guided by quarterback Billy Duncan (5-10, 170). Junior Dustin Johnson (5-9, 170) will head up the rushing attack after gaining 532 yards and nine TDs in 2011 while the line will be anchored by senior Brian Duncan (6-2, 250). Scott City will see the return of senior running back Travis Phillips, who missed the last part of 2011 with a knee injury, but still finished with 822 yards. The Rams' offense has a chance to be one of the area's most lethal as also returning is senior quarterback Jonathan McFall, who threw for over 1,500 yards and 19 TDs in 2011, although he must find new targets as top receivers Austin Atchley and Zach Cotner both graduated.
2011 Records: Dexter (9-2); Ste. Genevieve (10-3)
Series History: Ste. Genevieve leads 9-4
Last Meeting: 2011, Dexter won 28-6
Outlook: After 2011 saw the most prolific offense in school history, Dexter must now retool with a lineup featuring just four returning starters. Junior quarterback DJ Dowdy must replace Cody Stevens who passed for 1,534 yards while rushing for 1,291. Senior Ryan Joyner will step into the roll of running back while senior Chase Young will be Dowdy's top option at receiver after serving as a slot-receiver last season. Senior Dylan Aaron is the lone returner to the offensive line that helped the Bearcats compile over 3,100 yards rushing in 2011. Meanwhile, expectations are high in Ste. Genevieve. The Dragons return seven starters on the defensive side of the ball, including senior defensive lineman Dan Terrana and all-region safety Tyson Roth. On offense, junior Matt Drury takes over the offense and will serve as a dual-threat quarterback while junior Brendan Dallas will get a majority of the carries. Senior all-state receiver Adam Schwent also returns as the Dragons' leading receiver.
2011 Records: NMCC (1-9); Malden (6-4)
Series History: NMCC leads 11-6
Last Meeting: 1999, NMCC won 56-0
Outlook: After two down seasons, NMCC is looking to 14 seniors and 12 juniors to rebound. Senior Jashawn McDaniel (6-1, 200) will move from running back to quarterback while sophomores Malik Stevenson (5-9, 150), Mikeal Walker (5-10, 160) and TJ Clark (5-8, 145) will share the carries in the backfield with seniors Corey Guest (5-11, 195) and Damien Glispie (5-10, 170). The Eagles must improve defensively after allowing 37 points per game last season. Malden had a surprise when practice began as star quarterback Tanner Murphy, who accounted for 26 TDs in 2011, decided not to play in order to focus on baseball. He will be replaced by freshman signal caller Chapen Riley (6-3, 185) who will be protected by a line featuring three sophomores. Senior running back Romello McCoy is back after rushing for over 1,000 yards last season. Senior Mitchell Coleman and junior Gunner Jones will serve as the top Green Wave receivers.
2011 Records: Portageville (2-8); St. Pius X (0-9)
Series History: Portageville leads 1-0
Last Meeting: 1995, Portageville won 33-0
Outlook: Portageville has a new coach in Jeff Bullock and nine seniors returning from last season's squad. Last year's quarterback Bryce Wallace, who threw for over 1,500 yards is back and competing with Deon Foster and freshman John Garret Kellams for the starting position. St. Pius X returns 14 starters, including nine on defense. Offensively, senior Trent Elder (6-0, 175) will move from receiver to quarterback while junior running back Alex Winkler (5-10, 165) returns after compiling nearly 650 yards rushing and receiving last season. Two-year starter, senior Lucas Carroll (5-11, 190) anchors a young offensive and defensive line.
2011 Records: Chaffee (5-5); Grandview (1-8)
Series History: Chaffee leads 15-10
Last Meeting: 2011, Chaffee won 42-7
Outlook: Chaffee will switch to a spread offense this season in order to capitalize on sophomore quarterback Peyton Montgomery's arm. Montgomery replaces Jordan Yahn. Juniors Layton Tenkhoff and Charlie Montgomery will be his two main throwing targets. Junior Jimmy Golden takes over the running back position once occupied by 1,431 yard rusher, Tyson Estes from last year. Grandview returns six starters on each side of the ball, including senior quarterback Curtis Kellor (6-2, 185) who is back to lead the Eagles' spread attack. Senior running back Christian Murphy (5-10, 190) is back after gaining 413 yards last season while senior Jared Murray (5-11, 195) anchors the offensive line that returns three starters. The Eagles will play on revamped Huskey Field, that now has artificial turf.