MoSports does a weekly top ten of the best games on the docket for the weekend and the SEMO area actually got some love this week. #1 overall was Jefferson City vs Hickman which is a battle of unbeaten Class 6 schools but look at who got #2:
2) Jackson(5-0) at Sikeston(5-0)
Friday 7:00 PM
8-3 a season ago the Sikeston Bulldogs started the 2012 season with little fanfare. Through five weeks and five victories the Bulldogs have moved all the way to No. 4 in the Power Poll rankings after opening out of the list. Senior quarterback Kyland Gross has been outstanding for the Bulldogs passing for 370-yards, rushing for 672-yards and figuring into 11 Sikeston touchdowns.
In his inaugural season leading the Jackson Indians head coach Brent Eckley is enjoying the success he helped develop at Montgomery County and Union. The Indians have rebounded from a 2-8 club a season ago to a 5-0 group that has now entered the Class 5 rankings. The Indians averaged 463 yards of offense each week and QB Ty Selsor (196 yards) and running back Colten Proffer (116 yards) have been steady performers. This week the undefeated clash with Sikeston will place the spotlight clearly on two programs that might have been "under the radar".
A season ago Sikeston earned a 35-9 victory, however that doesn't mean much this season. A high scoring game favors the Indians who average 39 points per contest, allowing 18 on defense. If the game is low scoring and the Bulldogs have their way on the ground, they win. Sikeston is averaging 28.6 this season and allowing less than a touchdown per contest.
Here are the other area games and a small synopsis.
6) Fredericktown(4-1) at Maplewood(4-1)
The Blue Devils and Blackcats meet Friday evening at Maplewood in a key Mississippi Area White division contest. The Blue Devils regrouped following their tough road loss to Park Hills Central and are back on track. Senior quarterback Kahlid Hagens is one of the most dynamic players in Class 2. He has passed for 1,080 yards and 10 touchdowns and has also rushed for nearly 400 yards and leads the team with 6 touchdowns.
A tough 6-point loss in overtime to Park Hills Central is the only thing that stands between the Blackcats and a perfect season. The Blue Devils defeated Fredericktown 42-12 a season ago and they will seek to avenge that loss. Just as Park Hills did, the Blackcats must control the football and dominate the line if they hope to earn the tough road victory. (Apparently MoSports thinks this game will be a little closer than Bleed Green does.)
7) Scott City(4-1) at Portageville(5-0)
Friday 7:00 PM
In his first season head coach Jeff Bullock has guided the Portageville Bulldogs to a 5-0 start with victories over St. Pius X, Kennett, Malden, Chaffee, and Hayti. The Bulldogs have yet to crack the Missouri top ten rankings and are currently leading the Class 1, District 1 standings. The Bulldogs get it down on the ground and their leader is Daniel Allen who has rushed for 468 yards and 4 touchdowns.
The Scott City Rams nearly matched their win total of their 5-5 season a year ago. Following a solid 27-12 victory over Chaffee the Rams have scored 127 points this season, while allowing 74. QB Jonathan McFall is a capable passer, he has passed for 477 yards and 4 touchdowns. Travis Phillips ranks among the leaders in Southeast Missouri rushing for 737 yards and 6 touchdowns. If they hope to win the SEMO South, they must win this game.
I think it is great some of the area schools are getting noticed for the big games that are being played this weekend.
Cool post sideline!! Gimme some help though. What the hecks gonna happen 2nite in sikeston?? Dawgz have had zero competition! Mite be another result like farmington last year. I hope im way wrong!!
I agree cirithungol17, this will be Sikeston first true tough game of the season. I know their defense will be up for it, not sold yet on the offense. Tonight will let us know just how good Sikeston's offense is. Man it's going to be a helleva game.
Ask me again between 9:30 and 10:00 cirithungol, and I'll be able to tell you exactly what is going to happen. I've picked Sikeston all week and my lines of communication have told me the team feels good, not cocky or anything like that, but well-prepared. However, I've been saying either team could win by two or by twenty and I wouldn't be surprised. I think you are just going to see a great game tonight.
WHAT?!?! there is NO WAY mosports knows more about football that BG does! they are almost always dead on with their thoughts/predictions. they know their shizz on that site.
I can't wait for the match up in Sikeston tonight. Gonna be like a playoff game. Should be a heck of a contest.
Well whatever happens how cool is it to be the #2 game in the state?!! We sikestonians have been livin the dream these last 4 yrs on the gridiron AND on the court, dont ya think!!!
Like I said we will see tonight! And yes I know more about theses local teams then Mo sports for heaven sakes they ranked Potosi after beating 3 bad teams
Definitely agreed. I have this game as one of the five biggest home games in this four year run for Sikeston football along with the quarterfinal with Ladue, the semi-final with Warrenton, the sectional against Cape Central, and last year's game with Farmington. Playoff type atmosphere for sure and hopefully the beginning of a SEMO powerhouse rivalry with Jackson. Obviously, we've been rivals forever but now is the first time in decades both teams have been state contenders.
Sideline I'll see you down there. We are leaving about 5:00.
I suppose you could say that Sikeston has had zero competition, but Jackson's has not been much better. They have had two common opponents that both teams beat handily (Farmington and P.B.), but who else has Jackson played? Average Cape and North County teams and a bad Vianney team. Not exactly a world-beater schedule either. In any event, you can only beat those teams on your schedule, and both teams have done that. I look for Sikeston's defense to dominate once again and shut down Jackson's offense, and the Bulldog's offense (and perhaps the defense as well on a turnover) to score enough to win by 10 or so.
mosports did not have potosi ranked. that was the state poll. they had SG at #10
but heck i'll take freddy/MWRH as the #6 game in the state. some very respectable teams on that list for tonight's games!
Maplewood rolls over tonight......
Last time I can remember that both Sikeston and Jackson were playoff contenders was a three-year stretch from 94, 95, and 96. In 94, both teams were state ranked and undefeated at 4-0. Sikeston was ranked in 5A and Jackson was ranked in 4A. Jackson won that one 21-0 against an injury-depleted Sikeston team. Jackson ended up going to the state championship game. Sikeston finished 7-3 and lost in the district title game to Oakville. Then in 95, Sikeston was coming off a bad loss to Mayfield, Ky., and Jackson was picking up where they left off the previous season. Sikeston shocked Jackson 23-7. Jackson went to the state championship AGAIN in 4A. Sikeston made the playoffs with a 9-1 record and played an unfair game with Mehlville and lost 49-20. To this day, that Mehlville team is the best I've ever seen take the field at Sikeston's stadium. Then in 96, Jackson moved up to 5A and both teams were in the same district for the first time ever. The winner goes to the playoffs. The loser goes home. Jackson won a thriller 16-14 for the district title. Until this year, those are the last times I can think of that Jackson and Sikeston were both playoff contenders in the same year.
Redhawk, I'll be at the stadium about 7:15 if I were to estimate. Running behind today.
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