90
      Tuesday
      91 / 70
      Wednesday
      91 / 70
      Thursday
      90 / 71

      Do I Wanna Know....(Duerrisms for September 19th)

      If you are reading this particular column this week it means my Powerball numbers didn't hit. The alternative version I wrote, just in case I am 400 Million Dollars richer by Thursday, starts off with the line "Tip Top of the Morning Everybody from the Tax Sheltered Cayman Islands where the only sports I plan on covering today are my own personal Conch Fritter Eating contest and singular Duerr quest to play 54 holes of Championship Golf every day from now until when I die"

      I fear that little gem will never see the light of day. So in that spirit....

      Greetings everybody and welcome to DUERRISMS for the Week September 18th. Believe it or not, we are almost to the halfway point of the Fall Sports season. Time does indeed fly when you are having fun. And this week's column fun, as always, is brought to you the fine people at GAMEMASTERS in Quincy. They are your outfitter for every sporting and recreational need imaginable. Go see 'em and thank those good people for their support of local teams and athletes.

      Time is drawing really short to get in your KHQA STUDENT ATHLETE OF THE WEEK nomination forms. Our first meeting is set for September 30th so act now. Your favorite High School Athletic Directors and Principals have forms in hand now. Help them out by nominating/suggesting a deserving candidate you know from your community. Again, the minimum bar for inclusion is a 3.5 GPA and participation in one Sport or State Activities Board Recognized Activity. And because of the Scholarship component of the award, we can only recognize High School Seniors who graduate in May/June before our annual Awards Banquet. This is a highly competitive process and we are usually inundated with incredible candidates. In that spirit, I suggest that you get your nominee of choice into the voting pool as early as possible to get him/her as many different long looks in the process as possible. Come winter time, we may have close to a 100 different kids to consider for just 30 spots. Truth be told, it's a nice problem to have and speaks well of the future of our communities. And as always, thanks for the help in giving these young people the appreciation they richly deserve.

      Keep those SEEDS OF GREATNESS nominations rolling in as well. This is a new feature on OVERTIME where we are looking to introduce the Tri-States to the next generation of great local athletes before they arrive. We are talking about the 14 and under set here. Junior High School phenoms. Youth League stars. That nine year old Black Belt recipient. The six year old Dance prodigy. This is there chance to shine. Nominations (including contact info and brief explanation of why you think the candidate of choice deserves the spotlight) can be e-mailed to me at cduerr@khqa.com. And look for this feature every Saturday at 10:45pm on OVERTIME.

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      FOOTBALL 2013

      Roll Call of Stars

      7) DEAN ARENDT, FB, Triopia

      6 Carries, 170 Yards, 3 TD vs Routt

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      6) BRAXTON PHELPS, WB, Brown County

      3 Rushing TD, 82 Yard Punt Return TD vs Unity/Payson (All in 3rd Quarter)

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      5) DONOVAN "DONNY FOOTBALL" EDWARDS, Knox County

      220 Rushing Yards, 4 TD vs Fayette

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      4) BRENDAN WATTS, WR, Macon

      5 Receptions, 156 Yards 4 TD vs Monroe City

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      3) ADAM HOLT, RB, Bowling Green

      8 Carries, 239 Yards, 3 TD vs Louisiana

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      2) BRYCE SCHNITKER, QB, Jacksonville

      13 for 19 Passing, 247 Yards, 5 TD vs Lanphier

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      1) KYLE POPKES, QB, Paris

      13 of 16 Passing, 276 Yards, 5 TD vs North Shelby

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      SEVEN IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW GOING INTO WEEK FOUR

      1) Paris Quarterback Kyle Popkes was 13 of 16 passing last week in his team's blowout win over North Shelby. The three incompletions he had were all the result of dropped footballs by Wide Receivers. This kid is fast becoming the breakout Offensive Player of the 2013 Season.

      2) No loss was more costly last week than Pittsfield-Griggsville Perry surrendering a 16-0 lead to IVC. The Saukees will now have to beat two of the following to be playoff elligible: Illini West, QND, or MonRose. Happy Hunting fellas....

      3) My spies tell me West Hancock made as much improvement from Week One to Week Two as any team they've seen. Granted the Titans had a long way to go after being decimated by Elgin St Edward but progress is progress

      4) No Varsity Football program has struggled more, in more different sports over the last few years than BPCA. If ever there was an opportunity to get of the Gridirion Schneid, this week's home contest with winless Peoria Heights might be as flung open as the window gets for John McCormick and crew.

      5) Drew Miller left gigantic shoes to fill. Michael Houston's is proving to be quickly be the substitute of the century in that role. Remember that name and don't be surprised when the posteason honors roll in. By the way, Andrew Shake is averaging a team high 8.3 tackles per game for the Panthers for those of you out there that might have predicted a huge season for the kid (wink)

      6) Rumors of Martel Hunter's demise were greatly exaggerated. Just ask Macomb. Lyle Klein's Defensive wisdom will be put to the test this week on the road at MonRose against the noted Charger Killer.

      7) My upset instincts have been lousy to date this season, but Macon at home over Clark County is screaming at me. We shall see...

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      KHQA PLAYER OF THE WEEK

      (as voted by you our readers)

      CRAIG SMITH, QB, Macon

      Welcome to the Week of the Quarterback in Tri State Football, where you could have made me a compelling argument for any of about four signal callers and I would not have fought with you. But since you the voters wanted me to extoll the praises of Craig Smith, I am happy to oblige because he's an easy favorite of anyone who has ever spent any time around him. The Tiger Signal Caller went a tidy 9 of 16 passing this week with no interceptions and four touchdowns, good for an astronomically high 138 QB ranking. This isn't really a surprise. Smith is a great athlete who plays the QB position with great restraint and some of the best poise anywhere. To call him a game manager would be a disservice because he is that kid who can beat you on athletic ability; the strength of his arm (a criminally underrated thrower of the deep ball when he gets the chance), his great feet, or with his uncommon Linebacker Type toughness at Quarterback. The added bonus is just how well he handles the cerebral part of the job as well. If you were to throw all the area high school quarterbacks into a draft pool, Craig Smith doesn't last long on that list. Heck, if he played at a more pass happy school like Jacksonville, the Nick Lonergan comparisons would be flying. More interestingly still, Craig seems to be settling in with each passing week and fine tuning his touch of the offense. The one question mark on his resume is Red Letter Game performance and he certainly gets the chance to answer that this week with Clark County coming in and really good QB tete-a-tete brewing with Jayvin Ray. If Smith gets that win, the things will really start getting interesting in Tiger Country.

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      Past Winners:

      Week One: BRADY CRANE, Rushville/Industry

      Week Two: CHRIS JACKSON, Scotland County

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      KHQA Football Power Poll for September 13th

      1) CENTRAL (3-0)

      Last Week: 71-6 over ISD

      Up Next: at Unity/Payson

      THE SKINNY: The Panthers dropped 34 points on ISD in the First Quarter. Bobby Keltz and Austin Kramberg scored nearly every time they touched the football. Eric Lee got to make a star turn cameo in the second half with four TD rumbles in five touches. And that voracious Central Defense gave up just 12 yards against lead by active nights from Muddy Waters (naturally) Andrew Shake (told you so) and the rise of Jason Dormire (5 tackles, 2 stops for loss) And now that I have gotten all that out of the way, the less said about Week Three for Central that better. These types of games aren't fun for anyone involved; the winning team doesn't even get the equivalent of a good practice and coaches struggle to not run up the score and shorten the game. It's just not fun football. So lets look ahead to Week Four where I would argue the Panthers will fact their best test yet. Granted, the front end of the schedule really hasn't offered much resistance for Brad Dixon's crew but what I like about this week is that Unity/Payson is (A) capable of putting some things together, see also a first half showing last week that had them leading a good Brown County squad 21-16 at half and (B) features one of the biggest, most athletic Defensive Lines in Tri State Football; which gives that tremendous Central Offensive Line its first real stage to really show its strength on Friday against a worthy adversary. That should be a really neat "game within a game" for those astute enough to watch more than just the football and where it goes.

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      2) PALMRYA (3-0)

      Last Week: 56-14 win over South Shelby

      Up Next: at Highland

      THE SKINNY: We've seen it with basketball and this past week, we saw it with football as well in two of the last three weeks. This particular group of Panther kids has a maddening penchant for the slow start. The upshot of which is that once the engine does finally get revving, the Palmyra football machine is pulse quickening to watch. Get past the first half (minus a wonderful touchdown run from Brock Butler of nearly 40 yards) and the real highlight fun begins. Strong night for Butler, even though he didn't have his good "fastball throwing the football. The kid had three touchdown runs and a 71 touchdown pass to Caleb Kizer in the offing to help push P-town to better than 370 yards of total offense at South Shelby's expense. And Caleb continued his strong play as well with three touchdowns and a return score that got nullified as well. The Panther Defense was sharp as well, surrendering one touchdown on the game (credit where credit is due: a brilliant play action pass from Brett Threkeld highlighted by a super catch by Austin Durbin) and holding the potent Cardinal run game to less than 200 yards of total offense on the night. Good to see Ben Althoff return to the fold to help bolster what has already proven to be a good group. And so Palmyra moves to 3-0 and moves on to a road game with Highland; which you could call a trap game of sorts, except that every coach in the CCC is well aware that the Cougars might be the best 0-3 team in our area and Kevin Miles is well aware from the Brookfield tape of just how thorny a task this will be winning in Ewing. In that spirit, lots of things actually interest me here. First and foremost: Palmyra Player mindset. This would be a perfect opportunity for a lesser team, to quote Jordan Nutt, to lay an egg and not take the Highland threat seriously. This is also a Highland Offense that has the ability in the passing game to test Palmyra away from the strength of its ravenous run defense; something we saw Kenny Grubb flash a little bit in the Hannibal Jamboree. Bottom line, as good as Palmyra is, I think Highland is the kind of team that will cause the Panthers moments of adversity on Friday. The Panthers have proven they can handle them with aplomb against both Macon and Centralia so far. Put boot to throat on a pesky Highland squad and any psyche questions here from past Panther teams who didn't finish or respond as well in tight spots may forever be put to rest.

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      3) ILLINI WEST (3-0)

      Last Week: 36-8 win at West Hancock

      Up Next: at MonRose

      THE SKINNY: Few places I would less like to be this week than in Carthage for practice, considering the "lousy" (direct quote from a player over Twitter) performance the Chargers anted up against West Hancock. No program prides itself more on playing mistake-free football (I would argue that the very root of every success IW has had has been based on being smarter and more disciplined than opponents; forcing them to beat themselves because Charger teams starve foes of momentum feeding plays) and that four turnover first half against the Titans will torment Lyle Klein to no end. The Charger skipper was livid a week ago, in a 40 something to nothing win over Villa Grove, because his Defensive Linemen were being drawn off sides and not watching the football. I can only imagine as points of practice emphasis go this week, ball security is going to be an even more colorfully articulated mantra by Coach Klein and Staff. Suffice it to say, history dictates IW will clean up and get better. They always do. To its credit, West Hancock came out and played a far better game against the Chargers than it did a week ago against Elgin St Edward. And to its credit, the Chargers tightened up on an off-night and delivered the Fourth Quarter it needed to attend its business and move on. Leighton Johnson generated nearly 200 yards and two touchdowns. Holt McKinney got into the scoring column with a fumble recovery in the end zone. Nolan Ard and Austin Curfman added scoring runs. And for all the Social Media histrionics over halftime scores and what not, the Chargers are still 3-0. Maybe they got trapped looking a little bit ahead but they did ultimately escape the snare. And I think its fair to say, last week's lesser effort aside, focus and attention to defense wasn't going to be a problem with Martel Hunter and MonRose looming. There is not a person attached to the IW program that doesn't remember how that kid nearly single handedly beat them last year (particularly on defense) and with the Titans recovering their winning mojo at Macomb last week (in a really emphatic way, no less) Friday's showdown at Monmouth might be the single most compelling game anywhere to be found on our schedule this week.

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      4) BROWN COUNTY (3-0)

      Last Week: 60-21 win at Unity/Payson

      Up Next: vs Triopia (KHQA Game of the Week)

      THE SKINNY: The award for best halftime adjustments of the year go to Tom Little and his staff. The Hornets hit halftime in Mendon trailing 21-16 and responded with 46 unanswered points in the second half. Braxton Phelps might have put together the best 12 minutes of football of his life in that third quarter (and arguably the most dominant single frame we may see from any running back this year) in scoring three touchdowns, none shorter than 66 yards in length. Two long runs and an 82 yard punt return to boot. Brady Long also added a 63 yard rumble in that stanza to blow the lid off this thing quicker than anyone could type "upset alert." After struggling to get untracked in Week One, the Hornets have clearly found their "big play gene" that we all thought would be necessary to pushing this offense back towards the top of the 1A Food Chain. Defensively, the Hornets made the necessary calibrations to negate the passing game success the Mustangs enjoyed in the first half. Eric Grady's crew will face a very different kind of challenge on Friday in contending with Triopia's power run game, which came to life against Routt last week behind newly installed Fullback Dean Arendt and his 170 yard, 3 TD effort. To Rich Thompson's credit, he shook things up pretty quickly after two very blase offensive performances to start the year. For a team fighting to get to six wins, the Brown County game represents a chance to make up ground for that Pleasant Hill/Western loss. And on paper, the Trojans, despite their early struggles, seem to match up very well with the Hornets. The Trojans Defense hasn't really given up big plays (fast becoming the Hornets calling card) and is big and physical enough to turn this game into a slugfest and allow Triop to keep contact. And you know an Andy Phelps coached Defense will come to the table having diagnosed all of Tom Little's play calling tendencies through three games and do its level best to force the Hornets away from their running game comfort zones. If the Trojans are disciplined enough on Defense to embrace that game plan, I see Friday night's game as the most interesting on the schedule. It is a great litmus test for the strength of Brown County's Offensive and Defensive Lines; both of which have had up and down moments in the early season (O-Line vs Greenfield, D-Line in the first half vs West Central) and both of which will be giving up poundage to the Trojans up front. Speaking more plainly, these two teams know each other so well that every time they meet, it is an all out war up front. More than anything on Friday, I think this game is a referendum on the Hornets maturity and psyche. Brown County is as veteran a group as there is in Tri State Football and they certainly have an advantage in that department against a younger Triopia squad. What we need to see, to assess if Brown County is truly moving towards the elite of area teams, is just how many of those Seniors have become center of gravity leaders on this team; the guys who will put teammates on their shoulders in adversity because with a hungry, talented Triopia squad coming and Central on the horizon two weeks from now, Brown County's mettle is going to be tested and that mettle (not talent) may be the difference between 9-0 and 7-2.

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      5) CLARK COUNTY (3-0)

      Last Week: 32-13 win over Highland

      Up Next: at Macon

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      THE SKINNY: Highly intrigued by Friday's showdown at Hugh Dunn Field which pairs the Indians against a Macon team that really handled its business well in Monroe City. For all the good things we all think about Clark County and all things that are easy to like here, the truth of the matter is that Indians have yet to be remotely tested by a better than mid-level foe. See also the combined 1-8 record of their first three opponents to date, none of whom look at this point like even second tier players in the Cannon. The Indians have also given those opposing offenses some degree of oxygen with which to work. Highland had over 300 yards of total offense last week. Monroe City had a great deal of success moving the football. Is this cause for concern. We will find out in a hurry on Friday night as the home-standing Tigers come to the table with a proven breakaway back (Joe Lewis) running behind an improving Offensive Line as well as what might be the scariest pass/catch combination in our area right now in Craig Smith and Brendan Watts. The combo torched Monroe City for four touchdowns and 156 yards last week. Aside from Jayvin Ray, this is a largely green Secondary and Pete Claas is going to do his level best to stretch it. Macon's Defense is also coming off it's best showing of the season. Not sure that is enough to hold the Ray/Trump faction in check, but Clark County's Offensive Line, which has been pretty darned salty to date, is going to have some big athletic kids to deal with in Trey Kothe, Jordan Lolli, Brandon Sontheimer et al on Friday. There won't be the same advantage in terms of physicality in the trenches that Clark enjoyed here against Highland. I suspect Scott Murdock will have to dial up the passing game to get some of those Tiger run stuffers out of the box and create some running lanes for Jacob Trump inside. Interesting statistical tidbit from the Indians win over Highland. Clark County had 326 yards of total offense against the Cougars. Trump and Ray had a hand in all but 16 of those yards. Pete Claas will certainly know who his primary Defensive marks will be on Friday. If Clark County wins in Macon, given the threat level, I think that certainly speaks well of the Indians going forward and affirms all the well deserved positive preseason press. But I am in no way certain that will be the end result of Friday's game. I think Clark County will absolutely have its hands full and this game is a referendum on how good the Clark County kids are who aren't named Jacob Trump, Jayvin Ray, and Phillip Mason. This is where we figure out the real value of the cast members around the stars. The "some one else guys" will win this game for one team or another. And at this point, we just don't a whole lot about Clark County's newer kids. Friday night is there moment to make a statement by beating a very explosive, suddenly red hot Macon squad on its own digs.

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      6) CENTRALIA (2-1)

      Last Week: 54-8 win at Mark Twain

      This Week: vs South Shelby

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      THE SKINNY: The Panthers delivered the expect resulted in Center on Friday, bouncing back emphatically from the Palmyra loss to beat up on the Tigers. The Centralia First Team Defense, led by Hunter Williamson and his game leading 14 tackles, held Mark Twain scoreless before retiring for the night early in the third quarter. Cullen Ralphs, who missed the Palmyra game due to injury, returned and looked like, well, Cullen Ralphs in giving an added boost to the cause with his speed. And Zach Etzler continued to round into form with great assists from Ethan Leighton in the run game and his star studded array of receiving targets. I really like Etzler and his ability to both make huge plays and conversely take what he is given and patiently nickle and dime opponents to death. To me, the kid feels like the least "forced" play maker we have in the area at the position. It's all just natural flow of the game production. And I am mightily impressed with Leighton's toughness and emergence as a second, bruising feature back for this team. In that spirit, I can say with great conviction that I don't think the Panthers will lose another regular season game this season and in my humble opinion, this is the best run defense in Tri State Football right now, even without the services of Tyler Spurling. This also might be the angriest Defense in the Tri States right now, in the wake of that rare regular season loss, and I suspect that means trying to produce a statement effort on Friday against the region's most productive returning Tailback in Trace Windsor. South Shelby really hasn't gotten its rebuilt Offense on track yet, although I do ultimately think Rob Wilt will deliver on the potential of a more balanced attack with Brett Threlkeld showing signs of extending plays and utilizing the potential of what ultimately may be a nice group of pass catchers. With Centralia awaiting, this might be a good week to fast forward that game plan.

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      7) JACKSONVILLE (2-1)

      Last Week: 50-26 win at Lanphier

      Up Next: at Southeast

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      THE SKINNY: Looks like Glenwood woke the bear. One week after struggling to find any semblance of Offensive rhythm, the Crimsons go alpha dog on Lanphier to the tune of nearly 400 yards of offense and 50 points. Tremendous bounce back from Bryce Schnitker, who could not statistically have been much better on Friday without breaking the QBR scale. The Crimson Signal Caller completed 13 of his 19 passes (a very EJ Manuel-esque 68% clip) in route to 247 yards and five touchdowns, against no interceptions. Three of those scoring strikes went to Zac Lonergan. The other two went to the fast emerging Kody Wood, who also had a team high 155 yards in receiving. This passing barrage came, mind you, with Blake Hance temporarily playing Offensive Line due to a hand injury, which tells you how much worse this might have been. Run game, thanks to a better night from Justin Herron, looked a little more solid than a week prior as well. Junior Juan Jackson handled the Defensive side of the ledger with a tremendously active night in posting 15 tackles. All in all, a perfect bounce back and show of resolve from the Crimsons. Two questions: can they continue to ride that crest through a potentially dangerous trap game with Southeast this Friday? And what Crimsons squad shows in up two weeks against SHG? If Last Friday's crew rekindles the Lanphier level efforts at K-R Field against Ken Leonard's crew, I think the Crimsons can get that red letter CS8 win that has been so frustratingly elusive for Mark Grounds.

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      THE NEXT LEVEL

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      8) BOWLING GREEN (3-0)

      I'll concede you strength of schedule but the Bobcats have handle their business in impressive fashion and have developed in Jeff Niemeyer, Adam Holt and Malik McPike as dangerous an Offensive Backfield as you will find in Tri State Football right now. If these guys go to the Kingdom of Callaway this Friday night and win in those traditionally hostile climes (granted, against a Thunderbird team that has struggled) I think it pushes this team to another level of respect. In construction, all this speed makes for a very dangerous attack.

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      9) QUINCY HIGH (2-1)

      The Blue Devils haven't won at Rock Island since 1973 and keep finding new and spectacularly more painful ways to have their hearts ripped out by the Rocks. The loss had residual costs as well as Malique Robbins, Jordan Osborne, and George Crickard IV all took significant injury shrapnel in the offing. Bottom line, Peoria Manual week could not have come at a better time...

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      10) QND (2-1)

      Will concede that Helias is a fantastically talented team. Still, I expected to see more of something, anything from the Raiders on Friday night. Given those two gnawing losses to Kelly Sears last week, the Raiders should have ample motivation to move forward quickly.

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      11) HANNIBAL (2-1)

      The rise of Wyatt King. The return to health of Mitch Nichols. And the continuing star turn of Jerry McBride (50 yard pick-six Interception) were among the many positives Mark St Clair's crew gleaned out of a trip to Boonville. And heck, Dylan Powell even added a scoop and score TD. Right on cue. It's nearly Week Four, when Hannibal traditionally starts shifting its season into overdrive. But here's the kicker...per Blake Toppmeyer at the Quincy Herald Whig, the Pirates will be without the services of All State Safety and Defensive Lynchpin, not to mention starting Quarterback Lijah Harrison for the rest of the season. Hard to fathom a more devastating injury to any area team.

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      12) MACON (2-1)

      Okay, I am officially buying on the Tigers. The ease with which this team went on the road and dispatched Monroe City was eye-opening. Macon boasts game changers at Tailback, Wide Receiver and Quarterback right now and Pete Claas is finding great rhythm with his offense around Joe Lewis, Brendan Watts and Craig Smith, one of the smartest signal callers around. More to the point, the Tiger Defense started to look healthy last week and a directed, focused Macon D has the capability of shutting down even the most potent of running teams. Bottom line, the Tigers have the personnel up front and the physicality of Defense to put Clark County's Offense in some tough positions. And the Tigers have the explosive capability and savvy to exploit what to date have been significant soft spots in the Indian Defense. Could we be looking at an upset at Hugh Dunn Friday Night....

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      13) BEARDSTOWN (2-1)

      Here's where things start getting real murky, real fast. Not since the ill-fate Playoff Trip to Macomb a few years back has a Beardstown team gotten this exposed. Elmwood-Brimfield dominated the Tigers in the trenches and owned the Line of Scrimmage in an indisputable way on both sides of the ball. All the skill position wizardry in the world can't hide, fix those kind of flaws. If Beardstown wants to be anything more than a "just happy to be in the playoffs for a round" team, Tyler Buhlig has to coax significant Line Improvement out of his troops in a hurry. E-B did the Tigers the service of showing them how far they have to go up front to be a really good team. The question at sway is will Beardstown's Big Guys adapt, worker harder, and raise their level of play in the aftermath? There is still significant promise here if they do.

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      14) PLEASANT HILL/WESTERN (2-1)

      More than a little disillusioned by the lopsided result in that Greenfield loss. Not only did I think the Wolves had a significant chance of winning that ball game, I was stunned to see this Defense give up 34 points to anyone. Bad night? Regression to the mean? Not sure what to make of this, but the timing for the Wolves could not have been worse, with Carrollton and West Central on the immediate horizon.

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      For Your Consideration

      15) PARIS (2-1)

      16) TRIOPIA (1-2)

      17) RUSHVILLE/INDUSTRY (2-1)

      18) WEST CENTRAL (1-2)

      19) MONROE CITY (1-2)

      20) MACOMB (1-2)

      21) SOUTH SHELBY (1-2)

      22) SCOTLAND COUNTY (1-2)

      23) KNOX COUNTY (1-2)

      24) FORT MADISON (1-2)

      25) KEOKUK (1-2*)

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      FEARLESS (AND MUCH IMPROVED FROM WEEK 2) DUERR PREDICTIONS

      Last Week: 21 of 23 (91.3%)

      Season to Date: 53 of 67 (79.1%)

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      MACOMB 14

      QND 27

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      MANUAL 7

      QUINCY HIGH 30

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      JACKSONVILLE 30

      SOUTHEAST 18

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      ILLINI WEST 28

      MONROSE 21

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      IVC 27

      WEST HANCOCK 8

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      TRIOPIA 18

      BROWN COUNTY 21

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      CENTRAL 49

      UNITY/PAYSON 21

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      CARROLLTON 28

      PLEASANT HILL 14

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      CALHOUN 7

      WEST CENTRAL 34

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      BEARDSTOWN 21

      HAVANA 20

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      E/B 35

      R/I 7

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      PEORIA HEIGHTS 21

      BPCA 7

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      STARK COUNTY 42

      WEST PRAIRIE 18

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      MEXICO 7

      HANNIBAL 42

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      CLARK COUNTY 20

      MACON 27

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      HIGHLAND 12

      PALMYRA 32

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      SOUTH SHELBY 14

      CENTRALIA 38

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      MARK TWAIN 14

      LOUISIANA 21

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      BOWLING GREEN 42

      NORTH CALLAWAY 28

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      BROOKFIELD 21

      MONROE CITY 18

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      PARIS 35

      KNOX COUNTY 32

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      SCOTLAND COUNTY 15

      WINDSOR 24

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      NORTH SHELBY 16

      SALISBURY 35

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      FAIRFIELD 18

      KEOKUK 21

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      MOUNT PLEASANT 6

      FORT MADISON 18

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      RANDOM MUSINGS

      The Tri-States lost one of its most enthusiastic Football Fans this week with the passing of Alan Decker on Monday. He was the father of former South Shelby star and current Truman State Offensive Lineman Ethan Decker. And selfishly, he was one of my favorite people anywhere to talk football "shop" with whenever I would see him. Our deepest condolences to his wife Lori, the entire Decker Family, and the extended South Shelby Community on your loss. Alan will be missed.

      On a related note, just wanted to pass along something very heartening I heard after the fact on Alan's passing. A source close to the Decker Family told me Truman Coach Gregg Nesbitt essentially told Ethan to go be with your family for as long as you need to in the wake of his Father's passing and had his staff take care of notifying every one of Ethan's teachers and professors to let them know why he would not be in class. You send your kid away to college and hope they never have to deal with this kind of personal tragedy. But if you do, isn't great to know there are genuine class act folks like Coach Nesbitt out there in this business who truly care for young people and are committed to seeing their best interests served?

      Good to see QND alum Pat Smith off to a strong start for Nebraska, who is 12 of 13 on PAT attempts for the Huskers and who converted his only Field Goal attempt as well.

      I've seen a lot in my now eighteen years of covering Tri-State Sports. Until this past weekend, I had never seen a Football team go "deep rule book" and drop kick for an extra point. Illinois College Coach Garrett Campbell certainly spiced things up on Saturday in a win over Grinnell after the Blueboys second touchdown of the day. Kicker Matt Newman sent the team's holder in motion and proceeded to drop kick for the PAT. Newman on the day was six for six on extra point attempts and has currently converted 66 point-after-touchdown attempts. For his efforts, he was named the Midwest Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

      More IC Football: Kurt Frischman set the Illinois College single-game record for sacks in a game with 3 1/2, and tackles for loss in a game with 5 1/2 to MWC Defensive Player of the Week honors as well. Frischman led IC with eight tackles. He also tallied a pair of quarterback hurries.

      Illini West product Stefan Flynn caught a two yard touchdown pass for Monmouth this past weekend in the Scots 59-14 blowout win over Beloit. Flynn is also the subject here of a nice article on the Football Team's website: http://www.monmouthscots.com/news/2013/9/17/FB_0917130831.aspx?path=football

      BPCA product Trey Yocum had 194 rushing yards and three touchdown runs in that same game for Monmouth. Brown County's Ace Henricks kicked eight extra points and a 33 yard field goal in the win as well.

      Canton multi-sport star Tyler Niemann will play baseball in college for Division One Morehead State. The All State Tiger Catcher made his verbal commitment known via Twitter on Monday Night. This past season, the versatile Niemann was the centerpiece of Canton's first Final Four appearance in 25 years, Tyler delivering five home runs, fifteen stolen bases, and a stellar .423 batting average to the cause. Tremendous natural talent who could factor at a couple of different positions for Morehead State in his career. He's also a top notch character kid and the second Division One pledge in his family, following in the footsteps of his big sister Tori Niemann, currently playing basketball at Western Illinois.

      Luke Watson's victory on Tuesday made him the first QND Male to break through and win an individual title at the Running Raider Classic Cross Country Meet. Watson, who finished 2nd in 2012, came in at 16:33 to post the victory and was one of just two locals to crack the Top Ten in a super competitive field. Bowling Green's Philip Lagemann came in sixth.

      On the ladies side, Karyn Paisley repeated as the Individual Champ at the Running Raider, running in a time of 19:11 to title. The Macomb star, who has been a name runner in this region since her Freshman year, is still undecided as to where she may run in college. Illini West's Carly Garnett finished third in the event. Hannibal's Rachel Davis finished fifth. Clark County's Renae Buschling rounded out the Top Ten with a ninth place finish. The gifted Liberty Lady Eagles took team title honors fronted by Top Twenty finishes from Katelyn Obert, Jacki Graham and Megan Barry. The Lady Eagles are ranked 13th in the State in Girls Cross Country this week in Class 1A.

      What a weekend at North Shelby for Mark Twain Softball star Kenzie Grossman, who was your de facto MVP of the Tigers Championship push with 34 K's and three wins on the mound and eleven total RBI on the day, including a solo home run as Twain rallied in the Top of the Seventh to beat Scotland County 5-3 in the title game.

      From the "That Didn't Take Long" Deparment: QND Product Taylor Reis, playing Soccer in Leeds England for RIASA earned "Man of the Match" honors as a Defender in his team's 4-1 win over Garforth Town Reserves.

      QND Girls Golf Sensation Lucy Clark notched her first career Ace in a Quadrangular at Gold Hills in Macomb this week on Hole 13, via the 9 Iron.

      Kudos to former QND star and current Illinois State Redbird Rachel Powers who is your MVC Golfer of the Week for her efforts in the Cardinal Cup in Kentucky, where she finished 12th individually.

      Guys who richly deserve a victory party: North Shelby Superintendent Paul Sulser. The man, once himself a tremendous basketball coach, has been a tireless advocate for higher education in his career and is one of the real good people in our business. Unfortunately, Paul has not really had the chance to celebrate many football victories for his schools. In fact, between his time at Highland and now North Shelby, Paul is currently riding a personal six year Friday Night winless streak as an Administrator. So when the Raiders eventually break through and end Missouri's longest current Football losing streak, no one may be happier than Mr. Sulser.