Prep Football Glance -- Week 8
Our prep football glance gives vital information for our local teams entering their weekly matchups. Learn your team's opponent, go-to players and the series history between the two throughout the season.
Jefferson at Chaffee
Records: Chaffee (7-0); Jefferson (5-2)
Series History: Chaffee leads 1-0
Last Meeting: 2012, Chaffee won 41-39
Last Week: Jefferson defeated Grandview 57-22; Chaffee defeated Malden 28-18
Outlook: The Jefferson Blue Jays are having a breakout season, averaging 48 points per game while starting 5-2. However, the teams Jefferson has beaten have only combined for only five victories. The Blue Jays are a ground-oriented team behind quarterback Austin Graves. The sophomore has rushed for over a 1,000 yards and scored 14 touchdowns while senior running back Conor Bourisaw has rushed for 932 yards and 10 touchdowns. Jefferson is giving up an average of 35 points per game, which bodes well for a Chaffee team that is averaging 44 points per game. Junior quarterback Peyton Montgomery has thrown for 1,086 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 481 yards and 12 touchdowns. Senior running back Jimmy Golden has rushed for 602 yards for the Red Devils who won their first conference title since 1979 with last week's win over Malden. Defensively, Chaffee is allowing just 17 points per game.
Charleston at East Prairie
Records: Charleston (3-4); East Prairie (1-6)
Series History: Charleston leads 66-6-2
Last Meeting: 2012, Charleston won 66-0
Last Week: Charleston lost to Dexter 27-26; East Prairie lost to Portageville 53-0
Outlook: The Charleston Bluejays saw a 26-7 lead slip through their fingers, allowing Dexter to score 20 unanswered points in the final 15 minutes of the game. The Bluejays will now have to regroup against their Mississippi County rivals. Junior Rontavious Clark and senior Demontrail Clark have led the Bluejays in rushing in the last two weeks, gaining 260 and 165 yards respectively. Quarterback Mike Kellam has thrown for four touchdowns the last two weeks for the ground-oriented Bluejays forcing defenses to stay honest. Defensively Charleston is allowing just 22 points per game. East Prairie had a rough week last week, allowing 53 points to Portageville while getting gashed by the run to the tune of 365 yards. Offensively, East Prairie goes as quarterback Brett Ellis goes. Last week the sophomore struggled, completing only 5 of 20 passes with three interceptions but just one week earlier Ellis threw for five touchdowns against undefeated Chaffee. Damion Tipler and Deverance Jones are Ellis' favorite targets but East Prairie must run the ball to win as they were held to just 30 yards on the ground last week.
Dexter at Park Hills Central
Records: Dexter (2-5); Park Hills Central (7-0)
Series History: Dexter leads 3-2
Last Meeting: 2012, Park Hills Central defeated Dexter 27-7
Last Week: Dexter defeated Charleston 27-26; Park Hills Central defeated Perryville 41-0
Outlook: Dexter is riding high after rallying from a 26-7 deficit behind back-up quarterback DJ Dowdy to defeat Charleston 27-26. The status on starting quarterback Peyton Pollock wasn't known at press time but Dowdy completed 18 of 34 passes last week for 200 yards and two touchdowns while sophomore Ethan Stevens also spent time behind center, hitting on 4 of 7 passes for 91 yards. Sophomore Carson Dean ran for 104 yards and a touchdown for the Bearcats. Dexter will have to be firing on all cylinders to score against the state-ranked Rebels who have allowed only 27 points all season. Park Hills Central has shut out four opponents and allowed only multiple touchdowns in a game once all season in a 17-14 win over Ste. Genevieve. Sophomore DJ Buckanan leads the Rebels offensively as the running back has 11 touchdowns on the season. Daniel Marler also sees plenty of carries while senior quarterback Hunter Courtois has tossed five touchdown passes. Sophomore Brayden Manion is his top receiver on an offense that averages 28 points per game.
Fredericktown at NMCC
Records: Fredericktown (3-4); NMCC (3-4)
Series History: NMCC leads 9-4
Last Meeting: 2012, Fredericktown won 42-6
Last Week: Fredericktown lost to Ste. Genevieve 42-0; NMCC lost to Valle Catholic 48-14
Outlook: Fredericktown and NMCC are both jockeying for position in the seed race for Class 3, District 1 with the Blackcats holding a slight edge over the Eagles for the fifth seed. Fredericktown is averaging just 18 points per game and have scored just 21 points in their four losses, similar to the Eagles who have scored just 14 points in their four losses. Fredericktown is led by running back Reide Roberts who has scored 9 rushing touchdowns on the season and one return for a touchdown. Roberts is also one of the Blackcats' top defenders. Quarterback Drake Sprangler can throw when called upon. Fredericktown allows just 23 points per game. NMCC has struggled offensively at times, scoring only 14 points per game and only scoring more than 22 points once this season. Last week the Eagles played without starting quarterback Austin Lynn and were held to 183 total yards. Drew Palmer filled in for Lynn and threw for 69 yards and a touchdown while Mikeal Walker also spent time at quarterback and running back, gaining 83 yards on the ground. The Eagles only gained 72 yards rushing for the game. For the season the Eagles are allowing 26 points per game.
-- David Jenkins
2013 SEMO CONFERENCE STANDINGS