Records: Chaffee (2-5); Jefferson (3-3)
Series History: first meeting
Last Week: Malden 46, Chaffee 22; Jefferson 53, Grandview 34
Outlook: Chaffee's defense that had played so well for most of the season was gashed last week against Malden, allowing 463 rushing yards, including 310 yards to the leading rusher in Southeast Missouri Romello McCoy (1,439 yards). While their defense was struggling to stop the Green Wave, the Red Devil spread offense was struggling to move the ball in the wet conditions. Sophomore quarterback Peyton Montgomery (5-11, 155) completed only six of 20 passes for 52 yards while Chaffee lost three fumbles. Sophomore Thomas Robbins (5-10, 160) led the Red Devils in rushing last week, gaining 128 yards on 14 carries. Jefferson has had more than a respectable showing in their first full season of varsity football, defeating St. Pius X, Crystal City and Grandview. The Bluejays have a strong offense that averages 31 points per game and are led by freshman quarterback Austin Graves (5-7, 150). Senior Darrick Brumley (6-0, 190) handles a bulk of the running load while junior Conor Bourisaw (5-10, 160) has some big play ability. Defensively, the Bluejays allow just under 30 points per game as junior Shayne Cathcart (6-0, 250) anchors a defensive line that can disrupt the opponents' running game.
Records: East Prairie (0-7); Charleston (5-2)
Series History: Charleston leads 65-6-2
Last Meeting: 2011, Charleston won 51-21
Last Week: Portageville 46, East Prairie 0; Charleston 16, Dexter 8
Outlook: East Prairie has been dominated over the years by their Mississippi County rivals and the Eagles are the decided underdog Friday night. With a roster filled with youth and injuries, East Prairie must find some offense. The Eagles have scored only five touchdowns all season and struggle at times to make first downs. Last week, freshman Blayne Goodding (5-9, 155) led the Eagles with 34 yards on 20 carries while senior Cody Smith (5-7, 135) had 20 yards on nine carries. Sophomore quarterback Mack Marcum (5-11, 150) only threw three passes last week, all of which were incomplete. East Prairie allowed 46 first half points to Portageville last week with almost all the damage coming on the ground. The Eagles will have to improve this week as Charleston is a power running team that gained 279 yards last week against Dexter. Junior Robert Bogan (5-8, 185) leads the Bluejays in rushing with 755 yards and 14 touchdowns while teammate sophomore Rontavious Clark (5-6, 166) has rushed for 405 yards. The Bluejays defense continues to improve weekly, allowing just eight points to Dexter last week.
Records: Park Hills Central (5-2); Dexter (1-6)
Series History: Dexter leads 3-1
Last Meeting: 2011, Park Hills Central won 29-28
Last Week: Park Hills Central 35, Perryville 0; Charleston 16, Dexter 8.
Outlook: Park Hills Central upset Dexter in a Class 3 regional game last season and while Dexter lost most of their 2011 team to graduation, the Rebels returned a majority of their 2011 squad. Park Hills Central has two losses this season, both to state-ranked teams in Class 4 Sullivan (34-6) who is undefeated and Class 3 Ste. Genevieve (22-21). The Rebelsm who are 3-0 on the road in 2012, are big and strong and lean heavily on a power running game led by senior Derek Mitchell. Cody Harrison is also a big part of the running game and is a big-play player on defense along with Reid Lucas, who had 17 tackles last week. The Rebels allow just under 12 points per game. Meanwhile Dexter continues to struggle offensively, scoring just once last week against Charleston. The young Bearcats have yet to put together a consistent running threat as last week Dexter rushed for just 124 yards on 46 carries for only 2.7 yards per carry. Senior Brad Wick (5-7, 182) was the workhorse last week with 50 yards on 16 carries with one touchdown. Junior quarterback DJ Dowdy (5-11, 153) completed seven passes for 64 yards last week.
Records: NMCC (2-5); Fredericktown (4-3)
Series History: NMCC leads 9-3
Last Meeting: 2011, Fredericktown won 36-14
Last Week: Valle 40, NMCC 0; Ste. Genevieve 50, Fredericktown 29
Outlook: NMCC continues to struggle to find offense in 2012, gaining only 133 yards last week against Class 1 Valle Catholic and failing to score for the second game this season. The Eagles have scored just 89 points this season with 59 of those coming in their two wins. To find offense the Eagles look to senior quarterback Jashawn McDaniel (6-1, 200). Last week McDaniel rushed for 30 and threw for 46. After McDaniel, NMCC relies on a host of young runners that share in the carries. Defensively, the Eagles struggled to contain Valle Catholic's quarterback Nolan Wood who threw for 124 yards and passed for another 107. That doesn't bode well for the Eagles as they face a dynamic dual-threat quarterback in Fredericktown's Jeremy Gremminger. The senior signal caller threw for 323 yards last week against Perryville and has thrown for 1,130 yards while rushing for over 600. His top targets are Justin Sawyer and Jake Korokis, who also stars on defense with 15 tackles last week. The Blackcats have lost two-straight games to state-ranked teams in Maplewood-Richmond Heights (27-20) and Ste. Genevieve (50-29).
Records: Scott City (4-3); Living Word Christian (6-1)
Series History: First meeting
Last Week: Hayti 22, Scott City 14; Living Word 48, Trinity Catholic 21
Outlook: Scott City has dropped two-straight since opening the season 4-1. The Rams rely on the running of tailback Travis Phillips (5-7, 155). The senior has gained 927 yards on 177 carries with nine touchdowns for Scott City while senior Zach Haynes (5-10, 185) has gained 262 yards. Senior quarterback Jon McFall has thrown for 526 yards and four touchdowns while adding 229 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. The Rams' defense, which is allowing 20 points per game, will have a tough task this week. Living Word Christian, from O'Fallon, features a high-octane offense that scores nearly 35 points per game. The Eagles junior quarterback Jordan Norwine (5-8, 155) controls the offense and has thrown for 1,472 yards with 14 touchdowns while rushing for another 223 yards and four scores. Junior Deantrell Price (6-0, 190) was an all-state kick returner last season and has rushed for 552 yards with nine touchdowns on just 29 carries and has caught 22 passes for 462 yards and six touchdowns. Junior linebacker Frank Davis (5-11, 180) leads the defense with 60 tackles, four sacks, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions.