Records: East Prairie (0-5); Chaffee (1-4)
Series History: Chaffee leads 43-34-3
Last Meeting: 2011, Chaffee won 42-12
Last Week: Malden 46, East Prairie 7; Scott City 27, Chaffee 12
Outlook: East Prairie continues to struggle both offensively and defensively. Last week the Eagles allowed 469 total yards and 46 points and are allowing 48 points per game this season. Freshman Brett Ellis (5-10, 161) and sophomore T.J. Shands (5-9, 160) had seven and six tackles respectively. Offensively, the Eagles have only scored four touchdowns all season and last week only gained 114 yards. Junior Brad Beck (5-8, 155) gained 76 of those yards on 22 carries while East Prairie attempted only one pass in the game. Chaffee has lost four straight after winning their opener and have struggled offensively. After scoring 36 points to open the season, the Red Devils have scored just 34 points in their last four games against tough opponents. Sophomore quarterback Peyton Montgomery (5-11, 155) threw for 171 yards and two touchdowns last week and ran for another 21 yards. His brother, junior Charlie Montgomery (6-1, 175) caught both touchdown passes. While the Red Devils have found success in the air, the ground game has been a struggle as Chaffee only managed 90 yards rushing last week.
Records: Charleston (3-2); Kennett (0-5)
Series History: Charleston leads 53-21-3
Last Meeting: 2011, Charleston won 27-22
Last Week: Charleston 38, Cleveland NJROTC 0; Dexter 26, Kennett 7
Outlook: Charleston's defense was dominant last week, allowing Cleveland NJROTC just five yards of total offense. The Bluejays have only allowed more than two scores in just two of their five games, both to state-ranked opponents. While Charleston's stingy defense creates problems for opponents, their offense controls the clock with a power running attack led by junior Robert Bogan (5-8, 185). Bogan ran for 109 yards last week as Charleston ground out 266 in the game. The Bluejays also threw for two touchdowns last week with senior quarterback Mike Hull (5-8, 156) hitting Bogan and senior Sumner Foster (6-2, 145) for scoring strikes. None of that is good news for Kennett, who has found the going tough in 2012. The Indians have been held to one score in three of their five games, including last week against Dexter. Junior quarterback Declan Wallace (6-0, 185) makes up most of the Kennett offense. Last week, Wallace ran for 71 yards and a touchdown and threw for another 51 yards but the Indians were limited to just 203 yards. While big and athletic, Kennett's defense has allowed 34 points per game.
Records: Dexter (1-4); NMCC (1-4)
Series History: NMCC leads 17-9
Last Meeting: 2011, Dexter won 53-7
Last Week: Dexter 26, Kennett 7; Caruthersville 41, NMCC 14
Outlook: Dexter seemed to get healthy last week as several players who had been out with injury returned. Junior quarterback DJ Dowdy (5-11, 153) threw for 206 yards as Dexter's passing game came to life and the Bearcats rushed for 170, with 135 coming from senior Ryan Joyner (6-1, 173). Senior tight end Jonathan Page (6-3, 198) saw his first action of the season and caught a pass for 20 yards. Junior linebacker Trevor Waldner (5-7, 143) had 15 tackles last week as the Bearcats held Kennett to 203 yards and only one score. NMCC played last week without senior starting quarterback Jashawn McDaniel (6-1, 200) who should return this week. Junior Austin Lynn (5-10, 145) filled in admirably, throwing for 114 yards. The Eagles were only able to register 69 yards on the ground. Defensively, NMCC has played well this season, allowing two scores or less to three of their five opponents.
Records: Scott City (4-1); Portageville (5-0)
Series History: Portageville leads 29-20
Last Meeting: 2011, Scott City won 31-30
Last Week: Scott City 27, Chaffee 12; Portageville 35, Hayti 22
Outlook: Scott City showed their ability to run the ball last week, finishing with two 100-yard rushers and 330 yards on the ground. Senior running back Travis Philllips (5-7, 155) rushed for 183 yards while senior quarterback Jonathan McFall (6-1, 190) rushed for 100 yards. McFall also has a strong, accurate arm and can pass when needed, but only had to throw 10 passes last week, completing two for 32 yards. Junior cornerback Craig Rhyne (5-11, 172) has an interception in three-straight games. Portageville continues to use their impressive ground game to put away opponents. Senior running back Daniel Allen (6-0, 185) has become the work horse for the Bulldogs, gaining 694 yards in the last four games. Junior quarterback Bryce Wallace (5-11, 150) has been efficient this season, completing six of nine passes last week for 69 yards and two touchdowns. The Bulldog defense has been solid all season, allowing just over 12 points per game, intercepting three passes last week