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.
Charleston at East Prairie
Records: Charleston 0-7; East Prairie 4-3
Series History: Charleston leads 67-7-2
Last Meeting: 2014, East Prairie won 70-6
Last Week: Charleston lost to Kennett 68-14; East Prairie lost to Portageville 40-20
Notes: Charleston has dominated this series of Mississippi County rivals but are currently in an 18-game losing streak. Offensively, the Bluejays have found it difficult to find the endzone, averaging just over 10 points per game. Senior Tennerious Ewing has been a bright spot for the Indians as one of Charleston's main ball carriers along with freshman Q'narious Anderson. Ewing caught an 81-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Lee Thomas Moody last week for the Bluejays' only score and rushed for a team-high 82 yards on 13 carries. As a team, the Bluejays were only able to gain 150 yards, with 81 coming on one play. Defensively, Charleston is allowing over 51 points per game. East Prairie is averaging just under 32 points per game but have lost three of their last four games. After missing the previous two games with an injury, senior quarterback Brett Ellis returned and completed 8 of 21 passes for 147 yards with two touchdowns. Junior Deverence Jones caught three of those passes and both touchdowns for 110 yards. He also gained 123 yards on 17 carries with another touchdown. Outside of Jones, East Prairie struggled to put together much on offense as turnovers and the inability to convert on some key fourth downs hurt the Eagles. East Prairie's defense has allowed over 36 points per game in their last four games.
Portageville at Kelly
Records: Portageville 4-3; Kelly 2-5
Series History: Portageville leads 1-0
Last Meeting: 2014, Portageville won 48-7
Last Week: Portageville defeated East Prairie 40-20; Kelly lost to Caruthersville 56-0
Notes: Portageville as righted the ship after a three-game losing streak, winning their last two games and moving up to fourth place in the district standings. Offensively the Bulldogs are tough to stop with a balanced attack that is putting up over 34 points per game. Quarterback Jon Garrett Kellams has completed 97 of 177 passes for 1,306 yards with 21 touchdowns against just four interceptions. Last week Kellams had five touchdowns and no interceptions against district foe East Prairie. Sophomore Ian Torrey has caught 28 passes for 451 yards and 10 touchdowns while running back Daniel McCray has gained 759 yards, scoring one touchdown last week on 153 yards rushing. Defensively, Portageville is giving up 27.3 points per game. Kelly saw their two-game winning streak snapped last week in a 56-0 loss to Caruthersville. The Kelly defense, which is allowing 38 points per game, gave up 455 yards rushing last week to the Tigers on just 27 carries. Offensively, Kelly couldn't get started, gaining just 105 total yards. Senior Maurice Davis, who had 11 total touchdowns, was held in check, gaining just 39 yards rushing and catching one pass for eight yards. Running back Matthew Burford gained 56 yards on 12 carries while quarterback Kyle Fitzgerald completed just 1 of 8 passes for 8 yards.
Fredericktown at NMCC
Records: Fredericktown 0-7; NMCC 1-6
Series History: NMCC leads 9-7
Last Meeting: 2014, Fredericktown won 36-6
Last Week: Fredericktown lost to Park Hills Central 30-20; NMCC lost to Dexter 62-20
Notes: Both teams are mired in disappointing seasons and fighting to stay out of the cellar in Class 3, District 1. Fredericktown had a good showing last week, hanging with one-loss Park Hills Central before losing 30-20. Offensively the Blackcats average just 14 points per game and run mostly from the wishbone but will also use the spread formation. The Blackcats ground attack is led by junior Matthew Williams, who gained over 100 yards and had a touchdown last week to go along with a fumble recovery and interception on defense. Junior quarterback Cody Smith threw for two touchdowns against Park Hills Central, hitting receivers Zak Keller for a 51-yard score and Luke Korokis for a 33-yard score. Defensively, the Blackcats are giving up an average of 29.4 points per game. That bodes well for an NMCC squad that has had trouble scoring this season. The Eagles are averaging 15.6 points per game, but only 10 points per game in their losses. Speedster Javarcus Word gained 248 yards on 36 carries last week against Dexter with three fourth quarter touchdowns while Craig Beasley gained 55 yards on 13 carries. The Eagles are hurt by the fact their starting quarterback, Tyler Sprouse, has missed the last couple games with an injury. NMCC was unable to gain a yard throwing the football last week, throwing three interceptions in four attempts. Defensively, NMCC is allowing 48.7 points per game.
Dexter at Park Hills Central
Records: Dexter 3-4; Park Hills Central 6-1
Series History: Park Hills Central leads 4-3
Last Meeting: 2014, Park Hills Central won 46-21
Last Week: Dexter defeated NMCC 62-20; Park Hills Central defeated Fredericktown 30-20
Notes: After starting the season 1-4 against a tough schedule, the young Bearcats have won their last two games. Senior quarterback Ethan Stevens continued to shine last week, rushing for 229 yards and six touchdowns on 16 carries while completing 5 of 7 passes for 150 yards and another touchdown. For the season, Stevens has gained 1,120 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns while completing 33 for 83 for 786 yards and five touchdowns as the Bearcats average 31.1 points per game. Wide receiver Austin Chesser has caught 17 passes for 461 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Dexter is allowing 35.3 points per game and will be challenged by Park Hills Central that averages 38.9 points per game. The Rebels are led by senior quarterback Jake Bridges. The signal caller has completed 84 of 135 passes for 1,753 yards and 23 touchdowns with just four interceptions. He has also rushed for 328 yards and four touchdowns. His favorite receiver is Nick Haney who has caught 22 passes for 468 yards and five touchdowns while Tristan Campbell has six touchdowns and 426 yards on 18 catches. Drew Harlow leads the team in rushing with 618 yards and seven touchdowns on 85 carries. The Rebels defense is giving up just 17 points per game and have only given up more than 30 points once, a 40-21 loss to Ste. Genevieve.