Today's area prep football games

Friday, September 13, 2002

Jackson (0-1) at Rockwood Summit (0-1)

Last week: Sikeston 21, Jackson 14; Parkway South 42, Rockwood Summit 0

Last year: Jackson 31, Summit 6

Notes: Jackson defeated Summit 31-6 in Class 5 sectionals last year, but both teams were hit hard by graduation. Rockwood Summit rushed for only 63 yards on 26 carries in season opener. Surrendered 325 yards rushing on 31 attempts to Parkway South (10.48 per carry). Indians are going away from two-way play after fatigue set in against Sikeston.Central (1-0) at NMCC (0-1)

Last week: Central 33, St. Charles West 25; Jonesboro, Ark. 37, NMCC 0

Last year: NMCC 28, Central 20

Notes: NMCC has won the last three meetings, but graduated top personnel from team that went 12-2 last year and reached Class 3 state championship game. Eagles are switching tailback Remond Willis, who rushed for 103 yards against Jonesboro, to quarterback. Eagles haven't lost back-to-back games since 1998. After allowing 264 yards rushing to St. Charles West, Central moving senior defensive end Adrian Wren to tackle and starting senior John Thies at end.Scott City (0-1) at Portageville (0-0)

Last week: Malden 26, Scott City 0; Portageville did not play

Last year: Portageville 58, Scott City 0

Notes: Rams were hurt by early mistakes in loss to Malden -- Scott City's second play from scrimmage was fumbled and returned for touchdown and next possession ended in blocked punt deep in own territory. Rams had 160 yards rushing and seven yards passing against Green Wave. Sophomore quarterback Luke McClellan will make first varsity start after falling ill prior to last week's opener. Senior tight end Chad Weatherspoon will debut after serving opening-game suspension. Center Ben Jansen is questionable with a sprained knee.

Scott City coach Jason Burkman: "Portageville is tough defensively. They're not going to come out with anything fancy, but what they do, they do very well."Chaffee (0-1) at Corning (Ark.) (1-0)

Last week: Grandview 34, Chaffee 14; Corning 22, Rector 0

Notes: Corning was 2-8 last year but returns eight starters on both sides. Corning used balanced running attack to rush for around 350 yards against Rector. Keith Morley was switched from halfback to quarterback for his senior season but still was top rusher in opener. Junior Cory Godwin returns at halfback. Chaffee struggled to find running game in opener, rushing for just 43 yards.

Chaffee coach Allan Horrell: "The biggest thing is we have to quit giving up the home run ball. Grandview didn't drive the ball on us but just had some big runs... They just line up and bring it to you. My front guys are just going to have to keep us in the game. We worked all week on trying to beef up the running game."St. Vincent (1-0) at Park Hills Central (1-0)

Last week: St. Vincent 16, Priory 14; Park Hills 15, Berkeley 6

Last year: Park Hills 23, St. Vincent 0

Notes: Park Hills returns two big running backs in junior Don Williams (6-2, 222) and Jake Johnson (6-0, 200) from last year's 9-1 team. Fullback Daniel Holifield (5-9, 180) may have been most effective runner in Rebels' wishbone offense in opening win over Berkeley. First-year quarterback Matt Martin directs offense. Rebels ran the ball 49 times on 52 offensive plays.

St. Vincent coach Keith Winkler: "They rely on the ground game and if you try to take that away, they hit you with the pass... We need to establish the run."Perryville (0-1) at Ste. Genevieve (1-0)

Last week: Herculaneum 21, Perryville 0; Ste. Genevieve 35, Valle 0

Last year: Ste. Genevieve 34, Perryville 0

Notes: St. Genevieve, 8-3 last season and district champion, has won the last six meetings with the Pirates. Pirate quarterback Kyle Dobbelare close to 100 percent this week after being slowed somewhat by a sprained ankle in the opener. Starting RB/LB Joel Kurre is questionable after missing opener with illness.

Perryville coach Lance Bell: "They run the ball very well, but they're really a 50-50 team. They mix it up with different formations. Their line is a little smaller than in the past, but they get off the ball really well."

-- Jeff Breer

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