Records: Chaffee (2-4); Malden (4-2)
Series History: Malden leads 34-18-3
Last Meeting: 2011, Malden won 49-25
Last Week: Chaffee 35, East Prairie 8; Malden 40, Hayti 26
Outlook: Chaffee has lost 24 of the last 25 meetings to the Green Wave with their only win since 1978 coming with a 24-14 win in 2008. To reverse that trend, Chaffee must build off last week's offensive performance that saw sophomore quarterback Peyton Montgomery (5-11, 155) throw for a touchdown and rush for another. Montgomery has seven passing touchdowns on the season. His brother, junior Charlie Montgomery (6-1, 175) ran for two second quarter scores while Jimmy Golden (5-10, 207, jr.) ran for another. Junior Leyton Tenkhoff (6-1, 160) is Montgomery's top target and has three touchdowns on the season. Chaffee's defense has played well all season, allowing just 20 points per game. They will have their work cut out this week in Malden senior Romello McCoy (5-9, 170). One of the top rushers in the area, McCoy ran for 230 yards last week and scored five touchdowns against Hayti. For the season, McCoy has rushed for 1,129 yards on 123 carries with 15 rushing touchdown and 17 total touchdowns. The Green Wave are averaging 41 points per game in their last three contests with McCoy gaining 748 yards in those three games. Defensively, Malden has allowed 21 points per game this season.
Records: Charleston (4-2); Dexter (1-5)
Series History: Charleston leads 33-24
Last Meeting: 2011, Dexter won 47-0
Last Week: Charleston 48, Kennett 28; NMCC 28, Dexter 13
Outlook: Charleston will be attempting to break a 10-game losing streak to the Bearcats and will look to do it with a ground game that continues to pile up yards. The Bluejays gained over 400 yards on the ground last week against Kennett as leading rusher Robert Bogan (5-8, 185, jr.) finished with 181 yards and five touchdowns on 17 carries. Sophomore Rontavious Clark (5-6, 166) added 147 yards on 15 carries while Charleston senior quarterback Mike Hull was efficient completing 3 of 4 passes for 52 yards. The Bluejays did allow 400 yards last week, including over 300 rushing yards to the speedy Indians. Dexter, who is off to their worst start since 1994, has struggled getting into the end zone, averaging just over 12 points per game. Last week they totaled 325 yards but scored just twice, both involving senior Chase Young (5-10, 168). The speedy receiver ran for a 77-yard score and caught an 84-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback DJ Dowdy (5-11, 153). Young has caught 25 passes for 459 yards and three touchdowns while rushing 20 times for 149 yards and a touchdown. Defensively the young Bearcats are allowing 29.5 points a game.
Records: Portageville (6-0); East Prairie (0-6)
Series History: Portageville leads 48-25-2
Last Meeting: 2011, Portageville won 46-38
Last Week: Portageville 46, Hayti 13; Chaffee 35, East Prairie 8
Outlook: Portageville snapped an 8-game losing streak to the Eagles last season and are off to their best start since 1995 when they finished 10-1 allowing only seven points all season. A win this week over East Prairie will give Portageville the SEMO South crown. The Bulldogs' offense has been clicking the last two weeks, piling up 81 points in two games. The Bulldogs are a run-first team and are led by senior back Daniel Allen (6-0, 185). Allen has rushed for 859 yards in his last five games. Fellow running back Denzell Simmons stepped up last week in the place of Dion Foster and rushed for 108 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns. Defensively, the hard-hitting Bulldogs are allowing just 12.5 points per game. That doesn't bode well for East Prairie who has scored only five times all season. Along with being young, the Eagles have been hit by injuries and saw leading rusher junior Brad Beck (5-8, 155) go down with an MCL injury in the second quarter last week. In his place, freshman Blayn Goodding (5-9, 155) ran for 74 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown. The Eagles had their best passing game of the season as sophomore quarterback Mack Marcum (5-11, 150) completed 3 of 9 passes for 66 yards. All three passes were caught by junior Damion Tipler (6-4, 210). Defensively, sophomore T.J. Shands (5-9, 160) is the top tackler on a unit allowing 45 points per game.
Records: Hayti (2-4); Scott City (4-2)
Series History: Scott City leads 28-26
Last Meeting: 2011, Hayti won 42-35
Last Week: Malden 40, Hayti 26; Portageville 46, Scott City 13
Outlook: Hayti has won 11 of the last 12 meetings between the two schools with Scott City last winning in 2006. To continue that trend, the Indians must improve a defense that has allowed 75 points in the last two games. Offensively, Hayti is led by senior quarterback Karnard Humes (5-9, 170). Humes has thrown for 809 yards and eight touchdowns while leading the team in rushing with 426 yards and six more scores. His top target is junior Demetrius Luster (6-1, 190) who has 21 catches for 386 yards and 6 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 145 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries. Senior linebacker Michael Thomas (5-11, 200) is the leading tackler for the Indians with 53 tackles and two interceptions. Scott City is led offensively by senior running back Travis Phillips (5-7, 155) who has rushed for 855 yards and eight touchdowns on 159 carries. Senior quarterback Jonathan McFall (6-1, 190) has rushed for 231 yards and four touchdowns while throwing for 503 yards. His top receivers are seniors Ryan Fortner (6-0, 226) and Brett Dirnberger (6-1, 188). Fortner has 12 catches for 223 yards and three scores while Dirnberger has 11 catches for 216 yards and one score.
Records: Valle Catholic (6-1); NMCC (2-4)
Series History: Valle Catholic leads 2-0
Last Meeting: 1995, Valle won 21-0
Last Week: Valle Catholic 48, Jefferson 14; NMCC 28, Dexter 13
Outlook: The high-octane Valle Catholic offense is averaging just over 42 points per game with their only loss coming to cross-town, state-ranked rival Ste. Genevieve. The two-time defending Class 1 state champions are led by junior tailback Tyler Fallert (6-0, 201) who has rushed for over 100 yards in four-straight games and is 162 yards shy of 1,000 for the season. He is also one of the team's top defenders, tallying 13 tackles last week. Junior quarterback Nolan Wood (5-10, 160) threw for 159 yards and three scores last week on 10 of 15 passing and rushed for 76 yards and two more scores. He also plays safety on defense and returned a fumble 35 yards. NMCC had their second best offensive output of the season last week against Dexter as sophomore TJ Clark (5-8, 145) had a breakout game. Clark scored on a 90-yard kickoff return, a 17-yard run and then sealed last week's win with a 63-yard interception return in the final minutes. Senior quarterback Jashawn McDaniel (6-1, 200) rushed for 39 yards and passed for 30 yards last week while sophomore running back Mikeal Walker added 48 yards rushing and a touchdown.