High school football capsules for Week 7

Friday, October 7, 2011
Jackson quarterback Lowgn Wren throws a pass against Vashon during last week's game. Wren suffered a sprained ankle late in the game and will miss tonight's contest against Farmington. (Fred Lynch)

Poplar Bluff (1-5) at Central (4-1)

Last week: Farmington 45, Poplar Bluff 7; St. Charles West 31, Central 14

Last year: Central 52, Poplar Bluff 6

Outlook: Central is coming off its first loss under first-year coach Nathan Norman.

The Tigers will be looking to establish some consistency at a critical point in the season. It will be the final chance for the Tigers, and all teams around the state, to prepare for the district portion of their schedule, which will be played over the final three weeks of the season.

"We were capable of playing with [St. Charles West], and we could of beat them, but we have to understand we have to play four quarters," Norman said. "We have to do things well the whole game."

Sophomore Mikey Jones leads Central's ground attack with 286 yards and 8.2 yards per carry. Junior running back Chris Martin accumulated 95 yards on five carries last week, accounting for the bulk of Central's 157 yards rushing. The Tigers averaged only 3.3 yards on their other 19 carries. Central also had a season-low 17 yards passing. Senior quarterback Christian Cavaness completed just 2 of 11 passes. Cavaness has completed 50 percent of his passes for 437 yards this season. His top target is junior Jacob Campbell, who has seven catches for 158 yards.

Poplar Bluff's lone win was a 20-0 triumph against New Madrid County Central in Week 2. Central defeated New Madrid in Week 1.

"They're a much improved football team and all that we can handle," Norman said. "They're better than what their record is."

The Mules have been held to seven or fewer points in three of their losses. They scored a season-high 32 points in a loss to Gosnell, Ark.

The Mules' leading rusher is Austin Barousse, who has 413 yards and averages 5.5 yards per carry. Quarterback Michael Griggs has rushed for 183 yards and passed for 556 yards, completing 44 percent of his passes. His top targets are Brian Hicks and Austin Goodrich. Hicks has a team-leading 186 yards receiving, while Goodrich has a team-high 11 catches.

Central junior safety Kyle Thompson will miss tonight's game after injuring a shoulder during last week's game. Norman was undecided who would replace Thompson.

Poplar Bluff will have two players ineligible for tonight's game. Both players were ejected during last week's loss to Farmington.

Jackson (1-5) at Farmington (5-1)

Last week: Vashon 22, Jackson 14 (OT); Farmington 45, Poplar Bluff 7

Last year: Farmington 61, Jackson 19

Outlook: The good news is Farmington graduated quarterback Zach Hibbits. The bad news is senior quarterback Chase Busenbark has kept the offense rolling.

"I can't see much difference between the two," Jackson coach Van Hitt said. "I know [Farmington] coach [Todd] Vaughn felt like this kid might even be a little bit better than the Hibbits kid."

Hibbits passed for a total of six touchdowns and passed for 605 yards in the Knights' wins against Jackson in the past two seasons. He led the Knights to 61 points in last year's win, which was the second-highest total ever allowed by the Indians.

Farmington's spread offense is still high octane with Busenbark at the controls. The Knights struck for 60 points in a Week 3 win against New Madrid County Central and are averaging 42.2 points a game. They have outscored opponents by 180 points. Their lone loss was a 45-17 setback to McCluer North, which is 5-1 and ranked No. 7 in Class 6. The Knights received votes in the latest Class 4 poll but have not broken into the top 10.

"They are very hard to defense," Hitt said. "They run the ball well and they throw the ball well. You just can't line up and try to stop the run and make them throw it. Then you're in trouble, also."

Busenbark passed for three touchdowns in last week's win against Poplar Bluff. Alec Sebastian, Logan Bradley and Evan Dunivan all had touchdowns catches for the Knights.

Busenbark has completed 62 percent of his passes and has four receivers with 13 or more catches. His top receiver, Doug Warren, will not be eligible for tonight's game after being ejected from last week's game against Poplar Bluff. Warren had a team-high 25 catches for 469 yards. Busenbark has thrown for 1,033 yards and has other high output options in Dunivan (15 receptions, 312 yards), Kyle Hartrup (14, 248) and Sebastian (13, 173).

"They all catch the ball well and they all run disciplined routes," Hitt said.

Hitt said the Farmington receivers are adept at finding open spots in zone defenses, and Busenbark quickly gets rid of the ball.

Senior running back Connor Davault ran for two touchdowns and returned a punt for a touchdown against Poplar Bluff, all during a 28-point fourth quarter by the Knights. Davault has a team-leading 402 yards rushing and averages 5.7 yards a carry.

Jackson quarterback Lowgn Wren sprained his left ankle during the fourth quarter of Friday's overtime loss to Vashon and will not play tonight. Sophomore Ty Selsor, who got his first start two weeks ago, will start at quarterback.

"I think he'll be back toward the middle or end of next week, and hopefully be ready to go by then," Hitt said about Wren.

Wren rushed for 86 yards on a season-high 25 carries against Vashon. Sophomore Colten Proffer leads the Indians with 317 yards rushing this season.

Chaffee (4-2) at Malden (4-2)

Last week: Chaffee 42, East Prairie 12; Malden 75, Kennett 59

Last year: Malden 35, Chaffee 0

Outlook: Both teams are coming off big offensive games.

Chaffee piled up 438 yards and scored 42 points against East Prairie.

Malden scored 75 points in last week's win against Kennett and averages 43.7 points per game.

"There are some teams that don't score 75 points in a whole season," Chaffee coach Charlie Vickery said. "I don't think I've ever gone up against a team that the previous week, or maybe anytime, scored 75 points."

Malden opened the season with a 47-21 win against Scott City, a team that beat Chaffee 34-20 in Week 5.

Both Chaffee and Malden have defeated Portageville and lost to Hayti. Malden's other loss came against Dexter.

Chaffee senior running back Tyson Estes galloped for 196 yards against Grandview and has 860 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. He averages 7.7 yards a carry.

Chaffee senior quarterback Jordan Yahn has completed nearly 60 percent of his passes and thrown for 668 yards. Sophomore Charlie Montgomery leads the team with 16 catches for 271 yards, while senior Zach Dannenmueller has 12 catches for 193 yards.

Malden running back Romello McCoy is coming off a 247-yard performance against Kennett that ran his season rushing total to 728 yards. He averages 8 yards a carry.

"They've got so many weapons and do so many different things," Vickery said. "Their quarterback is definitely one of the best in the area. He runs it and throws it, and he's got a lot of people with him,"

Tanner Murphy directs the offense, and he demonstrated his dual abilities against Kennett. He passed for three touchdowns and ran for three touchdowns. Mitchell Coleman scored three touchdowns against Kennett and is another dangerous weapon in the Malden attack.

Jonsha Robinson leads Malden's receivers with 19 catches for 276 yards.

"Our goal from the first week has been to get better, and we really want to get better going into those last three games," Vickery said. "This is really going to be a good test for us and good game to play right before districts because they are a very, very talented team."

Scott City (4-2) at Hayti (4-1)

Last week: Scott City 31, Portageville 30; Hayti open

Last year: Hayti 52, Scott City 14

Outlook: The Rams have matched their win output from the first two seasons under coach Jim May with four victories.

They are 3-1 in the SEMO South Conference and have a chance to gain at least a share of the title with a win against Hayti, which is 3-0 in the conference.

The Rams rushed for 300 yards in last week's comeback victory against Portageville but paid a heavy price.

Junior running back Travis Phillips injured his left knee during his second 200-yard rushing game of the year. Senior Cody Ashcraft also suffered a fractured vertebrae in his neck.

"The both of them that got hurt Friday night are probably done for quite a while," May said.

Phillips had 208 yards rushing, upping his season total to more than 800 yards, against Portageville before getting hurt.

Scott City still showed the ability to run the ball after the loss of Phillips early in the second half. Senior Jacob Underwood and sophomore Gordy Bradley combined for more than 100 yards during the second half. Bradley ran for two touchdowns and Underwood rushed for the game winner in the final minute.

"That's paramount for us," May said. "We're going to have to control the clock a little bit and be able to run the football. We're going to have to put points on the board. You're not going to shut Hayti out and you're not going to keep them down all night."

Hayti broke into the Class 1 rankings this week at No. 10. The Indians' lone loss came against unbeaten Caruthersville in Week 4. The victories have included a 42-16 win against Malden, a team that beat Scott City 47-21 in Week 1.

Junior quarterback Karnard Humes heads a potent Hayti attack with a team-leading 623 yards rushing, averaging 8.5 yards a carry. He also has completed nearly 50 percent of his passes for 786 yards.

"He's fast and as slippery as they come," May said. "We're going to have to have multiple people go after him because one person won't bring him down."

Hayti also features sophomore running back Dylan Riddick, who has 529 yards rushing this season.

Perryville (1-5) at Ste. Genevieve (4-2)

Last week: Maplewood 52, Perryville 0; John Burroughs 41, Ste. Genevieve 21

Last year: Ste. Genevieve 27, Perryville 7

Outlook: Perryville has not scored in its two games since breaking a 15-game losing streak against Potosi in Week 4.

The Pirates have been outscored 71-0 in losses to Fredericktown and state-ranked Maplewood. Ste. Genevieve owns wins against both of those schools.

Perryville has scored a combined 22 points in its five losses. It posted 35 points in a one-point win against Potosi.

Perryville has lost a running back/linebacker in each of its last two games. Running back Kirk Hadler suffered a season-ending knee injury during the loss to Fredericktown. Hadler was the team's leading rusher and a starter at linebacker. The Pirates then lost junior Levi Zook to a neck injury during the Maplewood game.

Ste. Genevieve's two losses have come against 5-1 teams Dexter and John Burroughs.

Senior quarterback Brendan Weiler runs the Dragons' spread offense. Weiler is a dual threat.

"He's probably the best we've seen this year," Perryville coach Mike Wojtczuk said. "He makes pretty good decisions. They're pretty big up front and pretty athletic. They're your typical St. Gen football team."

Adam Schwent is the Dragons' top receiver.

The Dragons' victories include a 38-27 win against rival Valle Catholic in Week 2 and a 42-7 win against Potosi.

"We had a good week of practice and have to come out and perform," Wojtczuk said. "We need to do some positive things. We just want to make sure we come out after them and perform and give us the best effort they possibly can."

-- Jeff Breer

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