Records: Chaffee (1-3), Scott City (3-1)
Series History: Scott City leads 34-16
Last Meeting: 2011, Scott City won 34-20
Last Week: Portageville 21, Chaffee 6; Malden 36, Scott City 26
Outlook: After losing 21-straight games to Scott City, Chaffee has won three of the last five from their rivals. The Red Devils have lost three in-a-row since a Week 1 win against Grandview. Chaffee is led by sophomore quarterback Peyton Montgomery (5-11, 155) who threw for 116 yards last week and ran for another 50 and a touchdown in the Red Devils' spread attack. The Chaffee defense limited a strong Portageville running game to only 21 points and 286 total yards but the Bulldogs' defense stifled Chaffee for most of the game. Scott City lost their first game of the season last week to Malden, allowing 268 yards rushing to Romello McCoy. The Rams trailed 30-7 at halftime but came alive in the second half, outscoring the Green Wave 19-6. Senior running back Travis Phillips (5-7, 155) continues to have a stellar season, gaining 583 yards on the season. Senior quarterback Jonathan McFall (6-1, 190) ran for a score and threw for two more as he continues to pace the Rams' offense.
Records: Cleveland (0-3), Charleston (2-2)
Series History: Charleston leads 1-0
Last Meeting: 1924, Charleston won 9-6
Last Week: Brentwood 53, Cleveland 6; Charleston 14, NMCC 10
Outlook: Cleveland is off to a rough start in 2012, being outscored 119-20 in three games. The Commanders haven't scored more than one touchdown in a game this season, but return a wealth of experience from 2011 with 16 starters returning. Cleveland will have speed as their track team won the state championship in the spring. State 100-meter dash champ Michael Wells (5-8, 160, jr.) and fellow track standout Devonta Kazee (5-11, 175 sr.) both get carries in the backfield as will Montez Latimore (6-0, 180, sr.). Junior Antonio Burnett (5-10, 170) has received most of the snaps under center. Charleston will look to keep the Cleveland speed sidelined with their bruising rushing attack. Led by junior running back Robert Bogan (5-8, 185) who has five touchdowns on the season, and a dangerous stable of backs, the Blue Jays control the clock with their power running game. Last week, the Blue Jays gained 280 yards on the ground and ate over five minutes off the clock in the final quarter with a drive that sealed the game.
Records: Kennett (0-4), Dexter (0-4)
Series History: Dexter leads 46-35
Last Meeting: 2011, Dexter won 68-20
Last Week: Paragould, Ark. 48, Kennett 27; Caruthersville 35, Dexter 7
Outlook: Kennett scored a season-high 27 points last week behind dual-threat quarterback Declan Wallace (6-0, 185). The junior threw for 158 yards and one touchdown last week while rushing for 180 yards and two touchdowns. While the Kennett offense was finding some momentum, the Indian defense was getting thrashed for 450 yards on the ground as Paragould, Ark., earned their first win of the season. Dexter has lost three games this season to state-ranked teams but the Bearcats have won 12 in-a-row against Kennett and have never lost to the Indians under head coach Aaron Pixley. Still Dexter enters the game with a young, banged-up group. The Bearcats lost senior running backs Ryan Joyner (6-1, 173) and Brad Wick (5-7, 182) to injury last week and their status for this week is unknown at press time. Junior Jonathan Foels (5-9, 165) filled in at running back in their absence and gained 32 yards. For the second-straight week, starting quarterback DJ Dowdy (5-11, 153, jr.) was unable to finish the game due to injury with freshman Ethan Stevens (5-7, 141) replacing him.
Records: East Prairie (0-4), Malden (2-2)
Series History: Malden leads 44-14-2
Last Meeting: 2011, Malden won 51-14
Last Week: Hayti 72, East Prairie 6; Malden 36, Scott City 26
Outlook: East Prairie was throttled by Hayti last week, allowing 72 points, the most since 1954 and the third-most in school history. The Eagles also couldn't move the ball last week, gaining just three first downs, two due to penalties. Junior quarterback Brad Beck (5-8, 155) gained 60 yards on the ground and scored the only points for East Prairie but the rest of the team could only manage 30 yards rushing. Malden broke a two-game losing streak last week behind running back Romello McCoy (5-9, 170). The senior rushed for 268 yards and three touchdowns as helped the Green Wave to a big win over undefeated Scott City. He has 649 yards on the season for Malden. Freshman quarterback Chapen Riley (6-3, 185) has thrown for 416 yards on the season as the Green Wave can throw when necessary. Malden has beaten East Prairie the last two seasons by a total of 78-14.
Records: NMCC (1-3), Caruthersville (3-1)
Series History: NMCC leads 20-8
Last Meeting: 2011, Caruthersville won 45-6
Last Week: Charleston 14, NMCC 10; Caruthersville 35, Dexter 7
Outlook: NMCC was held in check offensively last week against Charleston, gaining just 225 yards while reaching the end zone only once. Senior quarterback Jashawn McDaniel (6-1, 200) and sophomore running back Mikael Walker (5-10, 160) handle a bulk of the running duties in the Eagles' spread running attack. The NMCC defense continues to play well, allowing Charleston just two scores last week and giving up only 33 points the last three weeks. Caruthersville will be trying to beat the Eagles three years in-a-row for the first time in school history but will have to do it with an injury laden team. The Tigers are missing several starters due to injury but hope to have standout running back Darrell Monroe (6-3, 215) back after he missed last week. Monroe has rushed for 504 yards in just two and-a-half games. In his absence, junior quarterback Tyler Grissom has shouldered the load, rushing for 68 yards and a touchdown last week while throwing for 59 yards and two touchdowns.
Records: Portageville (4-0), Hayti (2-2)
Series History: Portageville leads 41-25-3
Last Meeting: 2011, Hayti won 56-0
Last Week: Portageville 21, Chaffee 6; Hayti 72, East Prairie 6
Outlook: Portageville is looking for its first 5-0 start since 2002 and a win over Hayti would also put the Bulldogs in a prime spot in the Class 1, District 1 seeding race. The Bulldogs use a strong rushing attack led by senior back Daniel Allen (6-0, 185) to control the clock. Allen has gained 541 yards the last three games while he shares carries with fellow seniors Dion Foster (5-8, 155) and Dominique Walker (6-3, 190). The hard-hitting Bulldog defense has been stingy, allowing just 19 points the last two weeks. They will be tested Friday as Hayti comes in after scoring a school record 72 points last week. Junior Demetrius Luster (6-1, 190) set a school record with seven touchdowns, including 113 yards and four touchdowns on the ground in just nine carries. He also caught four passes for 75 yards. The Indians are led by senior signal caller Karnard Humes (5-9, 170) who is a threat to run or pass. Hayti has also been strong defensively, allowing just 14 points the last two weeks. The Indians have beaten Portageville the last eight seasons.