Records: NMCC (2-6); Portageville (7-0)
Series History: Portageville leads 3-2
Last Meeting: 1985, NMCC won 7-0
Last Week: Fredericktown 42, NMCC 6; Portageville was idle
Outlook: The two schools, separated by just 15 miles, will meet for the first time in 27 years tonight. NMCC has scored just one touchdown the last two weeks and were held to a mere 77 yards last week against Fredericktown. Senior quarterback Jashawn McDaniel (6-1, 200) leads the Eagles and is helped by a stable of young running backs, but NMCC has yet to find a consistent offensive threat. The Eagles gave up over 300 yards rushing last week, which bodes well for Portageville, who thrives on their power running game behind running back Daniel Allen (6-0, 185). The senior has rushed for 1,188 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season. Defensively, the Bulldogs are allowing just 10.7 points per contest.
Records: Charleston (6-2); Chaffee (3-5)
Series History: Charleston leads 20-5-4
Last Meeting: 1964, Chaffee won 13-7
Last Week: Charleston 66, East Prairie 0; Chaffee 41, Jefferson 39
Outlook: Charleston and Chaffee will be meeting for the first time in 48 years, with both teams coming off big wins last week. Charleston embarrassed Mississippi County rival East Prairie 66-0, rushing for 411 yards. Sophomore Rontavious Clark (5-6, 166) rushed for 193 yards giving him 598 on the season while junior Robert Bogan (5-8, 185) gained 172 yards for 927 yards this year. The Bluejays defense continues to improve and has allowed just one score the last two weeks while shutting out two of their last four opponents. They will be challenged by Chaffee, who exploded for 41 points last week. Red Devils sophomore quarterback Peyton Montgomery (5-11, 155) continues to improve each week in Chaffee's spread attack. The Red Devils' defense is allowing 25.6 points per game and has allowed 85 points in their last two games.
Records: Dexter (1-7); Malden (6-2)
Series History: Dexter leads 44-21-4
Last Meeting: 2011, Dexter won 40-26
Last Week: Park Hills Central 27, Dexter 7; Malden 67, Kennett 22
Outlook: Dexter is off to their worst start since starting 0-7 in 1990. That team won their last three regular season games and made the playoffs and this year's Bearcats are looking for the same spark against rival Malden. Offensively the Bearcats continue to struggle, scoring only 15 points their last two games and averaging only 11 points per game. Only once this season have they scored over 14 points in a game. Malden is licking their chops at the Bearcat defense that allowed 400 yards rushing last week and is giving up 27.6 points per game. Green Wave senior running back Romello McCoy is Southeast Missouri's leading rusher with 1,585 yards but left early in the second half last week with an injury. His status for this week wasn't known at press time. Even without McCoy for a full game, Malden scored 67 points last week and rushed for 323 yards. The Green Wave are averaging 47 points per game in their last five games.
Records: Kennett (0-8); East Prairie (0-8)
Series History: Kennett leads 21-7-2
Last Meeting: 2011, Kennett won 28-13
Last Week: Malden 67, Kennett 22; Charleston 66, East Prairie 0
Outlook: Both teams are desperately looking for their first win of the season as injuries and youth have impacted each squad. Kennett found some offense last week behind backup quarterback Harold Weeden. The signal caller was 9 of 17 in the air for 127 yards throwing for a touchdown and running for another. The Indians gave up 67 points last week and are allowing over 40 points per game on the season. That may be the cure for East Prairie's ailing offense that hasn't scored in the last two weeks. The young Eagles, who have been hit hard by injuries, have scored only 33 points all season. Last week against Charleston, East Prairie was held to -1 yards thanks to sacks and negative runs. Defensively, the Eagles are allowing 48 points per game.