Records: St. Pius X (0-1), Chaffee (1-0)
Series History: Chaffee leads 3-1
Last Meeting: 2011, Chaffee won 39-7
Last Week: Portageville 34, St. Pius X 14; Chaffee 36, Grandview 14
Outlook: St. Pius X has lost 19 games in-a-row, last notching a win on Aug. 27, 2010. Despite returning eight starters from last season, including five on defense, St. Pius X couldn't stop the Portageville attack last week, giving up 34 points. The Lancers depend on senior running back Talon Cook (5-10, 160) who gained 677 yards last season on 114 carries. Cook also led the team in tackles last season and will move from safety to defensive end this season. St. Pius has a veteran offensive line headed up by Corey Schmidt (5-8, 170, sr.) and Adam Boyer (5-8, 205, sr.). Chaffee sophomore quarterback Peyton Montgomery (5-11, 155) put on a show last week, tossing four touchdown passes and throwing for 342 yards. He also ran for 45 yards and another score. Junior Leyton Tenkhoff (6-1, 160) was his top receiver, catching seven passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns. The Red Devil defense was equally as impressive, allowing less than 200 yards, giving up only two scores.
Records: Charleston (0-1), Hayti (0-1)
Series History: Hayti leads 7-3
Last Meeting: 2011, Hayti won 28-0
Last Week: Sikeston 27, Charleston 14, Thayer 21, Hayti 6
Outlook: Both Charleston and Hayti dropped close games to state-ranked opponents in Week 1. Charleston fell to rival Sikeston but appear to have a hard-working defense that held the high octane Bulldogs in check for most of the night. Offensively the Bluejays must find a way to move the ball, only compiling 89 yards of offense in their first game. Running back Robert Bogan (5-8, 185, jr.) gained 32 yards on 15 carries, but 28 of those yards came on a first quarter touchdown run. Quarterback Mike Hull (5-8, 156, sr.) finished with just 25 passing yards. Hayti has won the last seven in the series but will also have to find an offense that managed just 193 yards of offense. Quarterback Karnard Humes (5-9, 170, sr.) was 11-19 passing for 75 yards and touchdown while rushing for 41 yards last week. Running back Michael Thomas (5-11, 200, sr.) gained 65 yards on 10 carries and had 10 tackles on defense.
Records: Poplar Bluff (1-0), Dexter (0-1)
Series History: Poplar Bluff leads 50-20-6
Last Meeting: 2009, Poplar Bluff won 47-0
Last Week: Poplar Bluff 33, Union 0; Ste. Genevieve 47, Dexter 14
Outlook: The two teams renew their rivalry after a two-year hiatus and appear to be heading in different directions. The Mules, stocked with 17 seniors that have much experience, forced six turnovers against Union and turned them into 20 points, winning their opener with ease. The Poplar Bluff defense held Union to only 158 total yards with 53 coming on one pass in the second half. Kortez Ellis (6-0, 155, sr.) threw two touchdown passes and completed all six of his passes for 64 yards while the Mules ran for 218 yards. Dexter, full of young players after returning just four starters in 2012, struggled in their first game. Junior quarterback DJ Dowdy threw for 91 yards and rushed for 103 yards while senior running back Ryan Joyner carried the ball 10 times for 50 yards. While the offense had some strong moments, the Bearcat defense allowed 450 yards and 34 first half points, playing several sophomores and a freshman in the secondary at times.
Records: Grandview (0-1), East Prairie (0-1)
Series History: East Prairie leads 4-0
Last Meeting: 2011, East Prairie won 29-14
Last Week: Chaffee 36, Grandview 14; Perryville 41, East Prairie 0
Outlook: Grandview was unable to stop the potent Chaffee passing attack last week, allowing the Red Devils to throw for 342 yards and four touchdowns. The Eagles tried to keep up behind quarterback Curtis Kellar (6-2, 185, sr.) who was 23-36 for 142 yards. Running back Christian Murphy (5-10, 190, sr.) ran for 63 yards and scored both Grandview touchdowns last week. East Prairie has never lost to Grandview but will have to find an offense that was non existent in Week 1. The Eagles were held to just 98 yards, all on the ground, in their opening week loss, with 18 of their 45 plays going for no gain or a loss. Running back Jerry Alexander led the East Prairie ground attack with 53 yards on 15 carries. Sophomore quarterback Mack Marcum failed to complete a pass in four attempts with three going for interceptions. The East Prairie defense gave up 332 yards with 232 coming on the ground.
-- This game has been moved to tonight at 7 p.m. due to possible weather implications
Records: Kennett (0-1), Portageville (1-0)
Series History: Kennett leads 32-10
Last Meeting: 2011, Kennett won 40-22
Last Week: Fredericktown 40, Kennett 18; Portageville 34, St. Pius X 14
Outlook: Portageville has lost their last seven meetings to Kennett with their last win over the Indians coming in 2004 (27-21). But the Bulldogs have momentum after winning their opening game for the first time since that 2004 season. Behind first year coach Jeff Bullock, the Bulldogs defense was solid in holding the Lancers to just two touchdowns. The Portageville defense will be tasked with stopping Kennett's speedy running back Darius Warren. Last week Warren rushed for 86 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown. Quarterback DK Wallace passed for 117 and rushed for another 70 yards and touchdown for the Indians. However, the Kennett defense was full of holes, allowing Fredericktown's quarterback Jeremy Gremminger to collect 350 total yards (180 ground, 170 passing). The Blackcats gained 444 yards as a team, including 270 on the ground.
Records: Scott City (1-0), St. Vincent (1-0)
Series History: Scott City leads 12-7
Last Meeting: 2011, Scott City won 27-6
Last Week: Scott City 9, Herculaneum 6 OT; St. Vincent 45, Sumner 22
Outlook: Scott City's Jake Elders (5-9, 160, so.) forced a fumble in overtime to seal a 9-6 win last week as the Rams' defense held the Blackcats to just 264 yards and one score. Running back Travis Phillips (5-7, 155, sr.) gained 165 yards on 31 carries and a touchdown while quarterback Jon McFall (6-1, 190, sr.) completed seven of 23 passes for 90 yards. McFall also had what turned out to be the game-winning field goal in overtime. Scott City will need a big performance on Friday as St. Vincent was impressive in their opening-game win, with quarterback Trent Elder (6-0, 180, sr.) completing 16 of 20 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns. Alex Winkler (5-10, 152, jr.) rushed for 91 yards on 18 carries while the Indians put up 436 yards of total offense, 234 passing and 202 rushing. Their defense was equally as impressive, holding Sumner to 220 yards with a majority of those being allowed by the JV defense in the fourth quarter that resulted in two touchdowns.