Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Hayti at Portageville

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Records: Hayti (4-5), Portageville (8-1)

Series History: Portageville leads 43-26-3

Last Meeting: 2012, Portageville won 35-22

Last Week: Portageville 50, Cabool 7; Hayti 20, St. Vincent 14

Outlook: Two second half touchdowns gave the Hayti Indians a minor upset over No. 4 seeded St. Vincent last week, 20-14. Hayti, the district's No. 5 seed, was led by Karnard Humes on both offense and defense. Humes ran for 132 rushing yards and two touchdowns while also picking off a pass that he returned for the decisive touchdown. Humes, who was recently moved to the wide receiver position, also bolsters an impressive passing resume with 1,190 passing yards and eight touchdowns to go along with 639 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. Hayti held a 22-21 lead over Portageville earlier this season, but the Bulldogs rattled off two unanswered scores in the fourth quarter to remain undefeated. Portageville got back to their winning ways last week pounding No. 8 seeded Cabool in the first round of the Class 1, District 1 tournament, 50-7. Leading rusher, senior Daniel Allen (6-0, 185) ran for a team-high 147 yards, amassing 1,376 on the season with 17 touchdowns. Three other Bulldogs totaled over 40 yards rushing -- Dion Foster 48, Denzell Simmons 40 and Dominique Walker 52 -- in their big win against Cabool. The Portageville defense, who was scorched for 46 points against NMCC, got back on track as well giving up a passing touchdown after the game was well in hand in the second quarter.


Scott City at Caruthersville

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Records: Scott City (5-4), Caruthersville (7-2)

Series History: Scott City leads 11-6

Last Meeting: 1999, Scott City won 42-7

Last Week: Scott City 46, Jefferson 22; Caruthersville 48, East Prairie 14

Outlook: Top-seeded Caruthersville easily ran past East Prairie, 48-14, during last week's first round game in the Class 2, District 1 tournament. The Tigers will try to erase some demons against the Rams, who they haven't beaten since 1991 and fall behind in their series history 11-6. Led by running back Darrell Monroe (6-2, 220), who only ran the ball once for 11 yards against East Prairie last week, leads the Tigers with 798 yards and six touchdowns despite limited playing time because of an injured leg. Junior quarterback Tyler Grissom (6-4, 210) has thrown for 625 yards and 10 touchdowns while throwing just four interceptions. He has also rushed for 449 yards and eight touchdowns while shouldering most of the load left by Monroe's absence. It will be a tough test to knock off the district's top foe, but Scott City will lean on a 1,000-yard rusher and a dual threat signal caller to try and get the job done. The Rams, who did not throw a single pass, ran over Jefferson last week to the tune of 391 rushing yards. Senior Travis Phillips (5-7, 155) leads the Rams with 1,257 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns after torching Jefferson, a first-year varsity program from Festus, for 219 yards on 24 touches. Senior quarterback Jonathan McFall (6-1, 190) rushed for 80 yards on four carries and crossed the goal line three times. McFall has thrown for 593 yards and rushed for another 327.

Charleston at Malden

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Records: Charleston (8-2), Malden (8-2)

Series History: Charleston leads 18-14-1

Last Meeting: 2011, Charleston won 43-7

Last Week: Charleston 63, Grandview 0; Malden 37, St. Pius X 6

Outlook: There are a lot of similarities between both Charleston and Malden going into the Class 2, District 1 semifinals. Both teams are looking for their eighth-straight win and both contribute one of their two losses to Caruthersville. They each rely on a run-heavy attack and want to advance to the next district championship game. The Green Wave are led by potential all-state running back Romello McCoy. McCoy leads the SEMO Conference in rushing yards and touchdowns with over 1,600 yards and over 25 touchdowns. Charleston is more of a balanced running attack utilizing their numerous speedy tailbacks. Junior Robert Bogan (5-8, 185) continues to pile up yardage rushing for 1,231 yards with 19 touchdowns while sophomore Rontavious Clark (5-6, 166) has gained 896 yards with nine touchdowns. Both Bogan and Clark ran for 271 rushing yards combined in their 63-0 drubbing over Grandview. Senior quarterback Mike Hull (5-8, 156) isn't asked to throw much, but when he's called to he's one of the more accurate passers in the area. Completing 25 of 40 passes for 408 yards, Hull manages a run game that has amassed 861 rushing yards in their last two games.


NMCC at Ste. Genevieve

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Records: NMCC (4-6), Ste. Genevieve (9-1)

Series History: Ste. Genevieve leads 8-3

Last Meeting: 2008, NMCC won 72-52

Last Week: NMCC 28, Potosi 27; Ste. Genevieve 55, Kennett 15

Outlook: Needing two late game touchdowns to claw back from an early disadvantage, New Madrid County

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