90
      Friday
      92 / 72
      Saturday
      92 / 74
      Sunday
      92 / 73

      Nothing was The Same (Duerrisms for October 17th)

      Sweater Weather has arrived kids. That means the best of the Fall Sports Season is finally, truly upon us. This is Duerrisms for the Week of October 17th, brought to you as always by the fine people at GAMEMASTERS.

      Honestly not sure if I am coming or going this week, with so much good playoff action in Softball, Golf and Soccer already in the books. Football, Volleyball and Cross Country are just around the corner. This is truly a glorious time of year to be a Sports Fan in the Tri States and we do our best to bring you the Tri State's most extensive coverage of every event. But we also need your help. Be sure to keep those SAW and SEEDS OF GREATNESS nominations coming in so we can honor well deserving High School Seniors and the next generation of area stars (14 and under) respectively. Forms for SAW are available from your local high school Athletic Director. Just remember 3.5 GPA or better is the one one restriction. And your Seeds ideas are welcome here: cduerr@khqa.com

      And don't forget to tune into OVERTIME every Saturday Night at 10:30pm for 30 full minutes of nothing but local sports coverage. We cover a ton of ground on the weekend and this is your chance to see your favorite local athletes in extended coverage.

      As always, you Social Media Fans can access instant coverage on Facebook and Twitter. We do lots of Friday Night bonus coverage and extras on High School Football here: https://www.facebook.com/KHQAChrisDuerr And of course, you can get instant score updates and breaking news on Twitter @ChrisDuerr. Hope to see you there.

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      2013/2014 KHQA STUDENT ATHLETE OF THE WEEK PRESENTED BY SUBWAY, CELL TECH AND PETERS HEATING AND AIR

      Now in its ninth year, The KHQA STUDENT ATHLETE OF THE WEEK program strives to honor the Tri State's outstanding Senior achievers. Every Wednesday, we will profile one Senior (minimum 3.5 GPA and participation in one sport) chosen by independent nominating committee for their outstanding accomplishments. And from that pool of 30 honorees, we will award one scholarship each at year's end to the Top Male and Female Student Athlete in our region. Our next committee meeting is slated for Mid-November, so act now to get deserving candidates recognized.Your favorite High School Athletic Directors and Principals have forms in hand now. Or you can print one out from our website. 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.

      2013-2014 Honorees

      Week One: MACKENZIE GROSSMAN, Mark Twain Softball/Basketball/Track

      Week Two: MITCHELL NICHOLS, Hannibal Football/Basketball/Track

      Week Three: LANE DAVIS, Unity Basketball/Football

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      Past Scholarship Winners

      2013: KASSIDY GENGENBACHER, Quincy Notre Dame (Lindenwood University)

      DALTON POWELL, Hannibal High School (Truman State University)

      2012: ALEX WALTER, Central High (Augustana College)

      TORI KUHN, Quincy Notre Dame (Quincy University)

      2011: JACOB CONLEY, Central High (U.S. Military Academy at West Point)

      DAKOTA FLESNER, Payson Seymour (Iowa Wesleyan)

      2010: MICHAEL LAFFERTY, Illini West (Monmouth College)

      TAYLOR BAXTER, Palmyra (Illinois State)

      2009: MATT PATTERSON, South Shelby (Truman State)

      CHLOE BARNES, Quincy Notre Dame (Ball State University)

      2009: LUKE GUTHRIE, Quincy High (University of Illinois)

      2007: KATELYN BASTERT, Illini West (Duke University)

      2006: MIKAL BENECOMO, Clopton (Southeast Missouri State)

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      FOOTBALL 2013

      ROLL CALL OF STARS

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      7) TRACE WINDSOR, RB, South Shelby

      22 Carries, 172 Yards, 2 TD vs Highland

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      6) KODY WOOD, WR, Jacksonville

      5 Catches, 200 Yards, TD vs Taylorville

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      5) KOLE BERRY, DL, Paris

      17 Tackles, 3 stops for loss vs Slater

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      4) LEIGHTON JOHNSON, FB, Illini West

      266 Rushing Yards, 3 TD vs Trenton

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      3) JORDAN CHAPEL, WR/DB, QND

      5 Receptions, 97 Yards, 3 TD; 2 Interceptions vs PGP

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      2) BRYCE SCHNITKER, QB, Jacksonville

      15 of 24 Passing, 302 Yards, 4 TD vs Taylorville

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      1) TARIQ GARNER, RB, Monroe City

      27 Carries, 389 Rushing Yards, 4 TD vs Louisiana

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      KHQA PLAYER OF THE WEEK

      (as voted by you our readers)

      CAITLIN BOLTON, Louisiana Softball

      Like the shirtless dude says on the Little Caesar's Commercial: There are no Rules. A faction of Softball fans in Louisiana got together and decided to highjack the award away from the football fanatics and more power to them. When you hit a home run to help your school secure the first ever District Title in program history and just the second such trophy in any girls sport (1988 Track) you deserve your day in the sun. Miss Bolton's first home run of the season helped the Lady Bulldogs complete their upset run through the playoffs and helped transform at team that was 0-16 at one point this year into a late season force. The Bulldogs won eight of their last nine before bowing out to a really good Highland team in the Sectional. Caitlin certainly has a power swing. She gets max value with every cut she takes and her homer against Montgomery County last Friday was flat crushed. What you may not know about Caitlin is that she is a pretty darned good Defensive Third Basemen and a terrific young lady who could not seem to keep the smile off her face when I interviewed her this week about what it meant to make history. Good for you Caitlin and welcome to the winner's circle here.

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      Past Winners:

      Week One: BRADY CRANE, Rushville/Industry

      Week Two: CHRIS JACKSON, Scotland County

      Week Three: CRAIG SMITH, Macon

      Week Four: BRAXTON PHELPS, Brown County

      Week Five: BRETT THREKELD, South Shelby

      Week Six: MATTHEW FRANKENBACH, Palmyra

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      KHQA POWER POLL FOR WEEK EIGHT

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      1) CENTRAL (7-0)

      Last Week: 54-12 win over Triopia

      Up Next: at Carrollton

      THE SKINNY: A little sobering what a far cry this years incarnation of Triopia/Central turned out to be, contrasted to last year's high stakes thriller. Instead, the Panthers drop 32 first quarter points on a Trojan squad looked to be moving in slow motion against it. And in so doing, Central ends any hope of the Trojans returning to the IHSA Postseason for a 13th consecutive season. It was an utterly dominant performance for Brad Dixon's crew. Austin Kramberg touched the football four times and averaged 40 yards per rush. Bobby Keltz had just three totes and was good for more than 18 yards per. Alger Saldana barely got any run at all due to the lopsided nature of the game. And Trevor Hennen went for over 100 off the bench. Five different Panthers in all scored touchdowns. And defensively, the spread the wealth thing didn't really allow for any major statistical goodness, save for the fact that both Mike Johnson and Jared Starman picked off passes on the night. So we will just move forward quickly and turn the page to the game that everyone has been waiting the last eight weeks to think about anyways: Friday Night's WIVC Unification Bout between the North and South Champions. It's a head to head battle of Top Five Class 1A Teams. It's also the first time this season the Panthers will play a road game against a team with a winning record. Nick Flowers Hawks have been incredibly stingy this season, giving up just eight points per game against. The Hawks are the most physically imposing squad Central has faced to date, with a line that averages 240 pounds per man across, including productive 300 pounder Travis Smith, who has seven tackles for loss to date on Defense. More to the point, however, the Hawks are the first team Central has seen with the kind of speed and ferocity at Linebacker to legitimately take away the Panthers big play ability. Cody Leonard is a special, All State level talent at inside linebacker who is averaging 13.2 tackles per game this year as a Junior and has that added playmaker dimension as well (9 tackles for loss) and there is legitimate top end speed here with proven kids like Luke Palan and Clay Duba providing Linebacker type run security with Defensive Back acceleration from the back. And on Offense, Jacob Smith will be the best passing quarterback Central sees all season; a super smart young man who has thrown just one interception this season against 10 touchdown passes. Bottom line, the Hawks here are as legit as Central is and don't have a whole lot of weakness. From where I stand, Central is going to have to possess the ball and that means this week there is a lot riding on Bobby Keltz's shoulders on the entire and just how well Central's Offensive Line, which has been near flawless to date, controls an incredibly good pair of Inside Linebackers in the Hawk's 3-4 to establish inside running lanes. I said two weeks ago that there is an argument to be made for Central Center Eann Diller as a Player of the Year candidate. This week, he certainly has the chance to prove it as his physicality and his intelligence are going to be challenged by a host of talented kids trying to close down Central from guard to guard. On paper, especially considering the difficulty it takes adjusting to the 3-5, I think Central's Defense has an advantage in stopping the Hawks run potential. What we don't really know yet is just how well the Panthers Secondary responds when Carrollton goes four wide with great athletes at Wide Receiver and the dynamic Palan still waiting in the backfield for a crack at getting to the edge. Can Brad Dixon scheme to confuse Jacob Smith and bate him into bad throws? Carrollton's versatility makes them an intriguing draw for a Central Defense that, to date, has simply had to play power football. This is a different level challenge and a stretching of the the Panthers, really for the first time this year, out of their specific comfort zones. Their response and handling of this challenge at every level will speak to just how viable a Final Four and beyond team the Panthers are this season, because Carrollton/Central is November 20th level matchup. And vice versa for the Hawks, who really haven't seen this kind of overall team speed and size in one opponent yet either. Methinks this one may be the first of a two-game set this Fall and I for one can't wait to start getting some answers. We know the basics here. Both these teams are really good at what they do. This week we finally get to see where the cracks in the facade, if they exist, will be.

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      2) PALMYRA (7-0)

      Last Week: 35-7 win over Brookfield

      Up Next: vs Mark Twain

      THE SKINNY: Friday's game went about how I predicted it would: Brookfield's considerable defense bore some teeth early. Ultimately, however, Palmyra's better depth, talent and versatility proved too much. There is just a lot of different ways this Panther team can beat you. Granted, there were a couple of really spectacular offensive plays here, including Jordan Nutt's Sensational Seven winning Southpaw Snare for a 30 yard touchdown but I thought honestly the Panther defense really extended the metaphor from a week ago against Clark County and smothered any energy out of a talented opponent. For the most part, the Bulldogs were made to look disjointed; unable to really gather any momentum by putting together any kind of consistent offensive success. It's like the boxer whose only hope is throwing repeated haymakers and hoping for a miracle knock out punch. Against this group, that isn't happening. To be honest, I thought the loss of Ben Althoff would be felt more. But as is sometimes the case when a good team loses a stellar front line talent, everyone else has filled in the gaps. The Panthers have sealed the gaps at every level. Secondary play? Try four interceptions this week (two from Josh Hultz, one each from Jordan Nutt and Skyler Kline) for a group whose one "reputed" weakness was pass coverage. And their run defense from the back remains as good as you will find in Tri State Football. Heck Hultz, Kline and Caleb Kizer had 16 tackles between them this week. Those guys really do an incredible job getting up quickly to the line of scrimmage. Trevor Wheeler probably had his best game of the season with nine tackles and a pair of stops for loss in the middle tier of the defense. Case Doyle has really tightened up his game; less gambling/more bankable production. And the cavalcade of guys up front continue to deliver without regard to which name it is making plays. This week it was Cole Kizer and Aaron Foreman (two tackles for loss and a quarterback sack) who got to spearhead the attack. There is a very nice dynamic brewing here right now. All the Panthers have to do is keep their focus/productivity high through the next two weeks and stay sharp for when the real work begins in District. But for now, all the returns to date have been extremely impressive, at every single turn.

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      3) CENTRALIA (6-1)

      Last Week: beat Clark County 49-6

      Up Next: at Louisiana

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      THE SKINNY: Wow, did the Panthers make excellence look easy on Friday night, against a dangerous foe on its home field no less. Cullen Ralphs hit an early 55 yard touchdown run and you could literally hear the air go out of the balloon in Kahoka. Too fast. Too explosive. Too many pieces. We did not stay long on Friday night but the main takeaway for me from the video I watched is that when Zach Etzler is in his flow, there really isn't a more dangerous player in Tri State Football. The Panther Quarterback complete 80% of his passes on Friday at the Indians expense (16 of 20) for 217 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran seven times for 46 yards and a pair of touchdowns. And quite frankly, given the rhythm he seemed to be in, he could have named his numbers in either category. He's just an incredibly dynamic talent surrounded by really explosive, talented skill people like Gannon Peavler, Chandler Blackwell, and Cullen Ralphs et al. It's a frightening mix when it is all in motion and truth be told, I wish we could get a Palmyra/Centralia rematch now that Ralphs is back in the mix because I think his presence would make that a pick em game at this point. Truth be told, I am a bit more befuddled by Clark County's lack of Offensive Production the last two weeks. Take nothing away from either the Centralia or Palmyra Defense, but I wonder now if some of those Offensive Line issues we worried about back in Summer Camp, that at least seemed to have cleared themselves up, haven't undercut the Indians ability to project strength. The Panthers gave Clark no hit of oxygen on Friday, led by a tremendous game from Ethan Leighton (9 tackles, Interception) to underscore the explosive nature of the Centralia Defense. The Panthers don't have great size but they can run and hit with anyone and that makes them a real tough out in the weeks to come. Not to look too far ahead but Macon's rise this season has put a lot of intrigue back into the Chair Game in Week Nine. I suspect that will keep with the tradition and be plenty fun and surprising.

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      4) QND (6-1)

      Last Week: 49-7 win over PGP

      Up Next: at West Hancock

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      THE SKINNY: Given the weird nature of the Saukees season, it's easy to be blas about QND's Homecoming win this past Friday in that it's probably not an outcome or score differential that surprised a lot of people. Still, I think there is some red meat here. To my eye, I thought QND played a really strong football game on both side of the ball against an opponent that came in with some confidence and is a little stronger than it's being given credit for. To wit, when the game was early, the Saukees lined up behind that big offensive line and had varying degrees of success running Ike Whitaker and Austin Allen at the heart of the Raider Defense, at least between the 30 yard lines. Four yards a crack isn't bad per carry production, no? What the QND defense did, however, was take essentially everything else but the most basic and elemental things in the playbook off the table for the Saukees. Screen pass? Luke Frieden single handedly killed that notion with one of the best hits of the season on the first (and subsequently only) Saukee screen attempt of the night. Mid range passing? See also Jordan Chapel's two interceptions. With each series, the Raiders systematically boxed PGP in. And by that point, the Saukees were too far behind to be a threat. I thought it was a very strong effort across the board from the QND Offensive Line, especially given the size they were conceding to their opponents. Pass protection was outstanding. The only sack of Joey McCaughey on the night that I saw (courtesy of Eli Petty) was a coverage sack. And you look at 448 yards of total offense, in very balanced form, and you give a game ball to the guys up front. And their best play of the night, a perfectly blocked screen pass to Daylin Anders before the first half ended, was negated by a phantom holding call that didn't actually happen. Obviously, Jordan Chapel gets a lot of ink and deservedly so. He caught three more touchdown passes on Friday and is as good on the slant at shaking a defender as I have seen. Not with pure blistering speed but by employing whatever asset he thinks will work to give him an angle. He is also an almost fullback-strong runner after the catch. And Joey McCaughey seems to have a very strong natural awareness of just when it is his receivers are getting a step or a look. Again, I thought the Raiders, for their own purposes, got max value out of the game for themselves in terms of doing things right and fine tuning. I hope for their sakes it's a skill they continue because their may not be much in the way of resistence coming the next two weeks and you don't want to go into the playoffs without a little bit of scar tissue on you. But all Bill Connell can do at this point is play the hand he is dealt. And 8-1 wouldn't be a bad spot to be in hosting a playoff game (and in a world where the schedule makers truly love me..that opponent would be Jacksonville, a matchup I would kill to see but I will try to hold off another two weeks before we start playing those mental games in this column.)

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      5) BROWN COUNTY (6-1)

      Last Week: 65-12 win over Routt

      Up Next: vs Hardin Calhoun

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      THE SKINNY: Aside from augmenting the Brady Long resume tape (three touchdowns, two of them defensive including a 70 yard interception return) and giving Nathan Mekdara some long overdue air time, Friday Night wasn't exactly an intriguing one in Jacksonville. And were I a betting man, I would suggest Calhoun's visit to Mount Sterling this week won't be much more entertaining. So lets put this column space to more important use. Seven weeks deep into the season, what do we like about Brown County as a playoff contender deep into November. And what concerns us. Truth be told, I am not sure we have seen the Hornet Offense at Max-Q this season against an upper tier opponent. Week One against Greenfield may have been as close as we get to that scenario but as we are all aware at this point, opening nights are never pretty and most Offensive Lines don't really start gelling until they take a couple of weeks tread off the tires. And the Central game obviously happened without Brady Long and the extra dimension of explosion (in concert with Braxton Phelps) that he brings to the table on both sides of the ball. To my mind, it is that difference making speed with Phelps/Long that potentially makes Brown County special and gives them a shot come playoff time to beat good teams. Brown County teams always find a way to slug away for four or five yards a pop between the tackles, regardless of personnel. Heath Fullerton is going to find Linemen who will fight. Tom Little is going to maximize a Fullback, regardless of shape/speed/build because that is simply a function of his Carthage DNA. Very rarely have the Hornets coupled that with one true breakaway threat on the wing, let alone two. And I think that speed is even more valuable on Defense because it will allow the Hornets to contend with a Saldana, Kramberg, Palan down the road in ways other teams can't. The Hornets don't have to concede the Home Run Threat. That is the positive and I think it is a reason for outlier optimism. I also think there has been tremendous growth on the O-Line and better than realized potential with the play action passing game. My undercutting concern to this point is this: Brown County has two weeks to find and establish a true Defensive Rainmaker in the Front Seven. The Central Game gnaws at me because I didn't think the Hornets linebacker play (and mind you this is a program that has had some good linebackers) was either particularly heady or effective. At times, that level of the Defense was made to disappear. Maybe the Brady Long "safety net" behind them fixes that but I look at the way a Central team was able to get into the second level; project how a Carrollton team would do likewise and wonder if the Hornets have the athleticism or compensating instincts there to slow those type of Offensive Juggernaut teams enough to win. Honestly, it's the same concern I have right now about Illini West at the same position. I do think Brown County has great potential on the Defensive Line with more athleticism than usual, especially on the edges. And there is some much needed physicality in the mix at Linebacker. I just don't know what to make of the heart of that Defense and what it is going to ante up come crunch time. Again, the sample size is very small and the last two weeks of the regular season don't offer great resistence. But I am of two minds on Brown County going forward and I can't wrap my mind enough around either the strengths or chinks in the armor I have seen to yet decide if the Hornets are the area's best postseason sleeper team and could make a run all the way to a Final Four or if they are a team that could be ousted if they catch the wrong draw right off the bat. I guess we will find out soon enough.

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      6) MACON (6-1)

      Last Week: 49-0 win at Mark Twain

      Up Next: vs Brookfield

      THE SKINNY: Welcome to the Power Poll Green Room, Macon Tigers. Just sorry it took us so long to sort things out and get you up here. Credit Pete Claas with another really strong coaching job here. His team dealt with some early season injury bit, especially on Defense but has gotten better and better every single week and now enters this two-game two-step with Brookfield and Centralia with a legitimate shot of winning one or both. Obviously, the Joe Lewis emergence has helped bolster the run game and he is a pretty special talent. And having an A+ Quarterback and Wide Out in Craig Smith and Brendan Watts, especially in concert with that run game makes the Tigers as hard a team to defend as any in the Clarence Cannon. But I want to talk defense, with Macon has taught and practiced over the last few years as well as anyone and the Tigers have found a nice groove again on that side of the football. This is a team that has a legitimate "don't give an inch" mentality and has found a legitimate run stuffer in Brandon Sontheimer, who is probably on his way to All Conference honors as a Junior with 57 tackles in seven games. In concert with the return of CJ Gast, the Tigers are a team that has legitimate "cleaners" ready to run and hit behind that big, athletic Defensive Line. Obviously, Trey Kothe cuts an imposing figure up front but the emergence of Bradley Burkhardt (averaging nearly six tackles per game) up front has been a huge boon in the trenches. These guys have legitimate shutdown capability in every level of the Defense have allowed only two opponents to score more than 14 points on them all season; and one of those was Palmyra in Week One. Anxious to see how it translates the next two weeks but I consider the Macon Tigers, to this point, the most pleasant surprise of the season.

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      7) QUINCY HIGH (5-2)

      Last Week: 35-5 win over Moline

      Up Next: vs Galesburg (KHQA GAME OF THE WEEK)

      THE SKINNY: The Alleman loss thwarted our last attempt to get to Flinn Stadium for GOTW fun so Friday's road win over Moline gives us license to check out the Blue Devils this week. Credit the QHS Defense for paving the way to that short trip with a pair of scoop and score touchdowns of better than 90 yards from both Brady Brockmiller and Matt Bilgri. Interestingly, those two Defensive splash plays produced nearly as much total yardage as the Blue Devil offense accounted for in Friday's lopsided victory. But when your defense plays as well as QHS did on Friday, who is going to quibble? To be honest, we received no video out of Moline last week and my radio time in the car was very short this week since I was only at 10th and Jackson for the QND blowout, so I don't have much to add her this week. Expect a more complete assessment on these guys next week in the wake of my in-person visit for GOTW. And don't forget to stop by the Tailgate Party for Free Subway Sandwiches if you are in the vicinity.

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      The Second Tier

      8) ILLINI WEST (5-2)

      Apparently, Leighton Johnson is immune to long bus trips. The Charger Fullback should plenty of legs in crushing Trenton of Missouri with 260 rushing yards and three touchdowns. IW run Defense still trying to whittle down yards per carry yielded after giving up nearly five per on the road. Still, if anyone can solve that riddle on a short clock, it is Lyle Klein and crew. And there are still two weeks to sort it out. Don't write these guys off yet.

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      9) HANNIBAL (5-2)

      Yep, the Spartans are legit and incredibly physical up front. But 56 points against is still an obscene number to surrender and Hannibal has some serious tackling issues to address in relatively short order; or Helias may dwarf that scoring tally with all its explosive firepower in two weeks.??

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      10) JACKSONVILLE (5-2)

      Nice to Bryce Schnitker back in the passing groove with a stellar 305 yard, 4 touchdown passing effort at Taylorville. Credit Kody Wood as well with a light's out game catching the football (200 yards on 5 receptions) The Crimsons will need all the firepower they can summon, however, to avoid an 0-2 finish with a tough roadie to Breese Mater Dei this weekend and the Rochester juggernaut awaiting in Week Nine.

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      11) PARIS (5-2)

      Time to pencil in Gary Crusha as the area's best dark horse Coach of the Year Candidate. And if the Coyotes upset Marceline this week, you can even pull the "dark horse" tag. Slater Stone (five catches, 149 yards 2 TD) is a monster and the Coyotes Defense had its best effort yet, headlined by hugely productive days from Stone, Jon Turner, Kole Berry, and August Hayhurst.

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      12) BOWLING GREEN (5-2)

      The Bobcats have just had, in QND parlance, their Helias epiphany in losing 52-0 at Montgomery County. Lets see if Jeff Gschwender's crew can muster the same resilience pulling itself off the mat after being absolutely TKOed in a big spot.

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      13) SCOTLAND COUNTY (4-3)

      Do what you do best, Young Tigers. And that is clearly running the football as SC cut the Knox County Defense to shreds with 100 yard performances from Cordie Kigar, Wil McRobert, and Chris Jackson, who added three touchdowns to the affair in a game that saw the Tigers roll up 385 ground yards. That is a serious number.

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      14) SOUTH SHELBY (3-4)

      Well, can you imagine that. It's mid-October and the South Shelby Cardinals are rising once again. Rob Wilt does this every year; gets his kids playing well when it matters most and last week's bludgeoning of Highland (highlighted by a return to form from Trace Windsor) is a very positive sign moving forward.

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      WORTH CONSIDERING

      15) BEARDSTOWN (4-3)

      16) PLEASANT HILL/WESTERN (4-3)

      17) CLARK COUNTY (4-3)

      18) WEST CENTRAL (3-4)

      19) UNITY PAYSON (3-4)

      20) PGP (3-4)

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      FEARLESS DUERR PREDICTIONS FOR WEEK SEVEN

      Last Week: 17 of 22 (77.2%)

      Season to Date: 130 of 161 (80.7%)

      QND 49

      WEST HANCOCK 0

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      GALESBURG 8

      QUINCY HIGH 32

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      CENTRAL 18

      CARROLLTON 12

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      PHILL/WESTERN 24

      UNITY/PAYSON 31

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      CALHOUN 7

      BROWN COUNTY 44

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      ROUTT 6

      GREENFIELD/NW 40

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      TRIOPIA 18

      WEST CENTRAL 24

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      IVC 18

      ILLINI WEST 35

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      PGP 18

      MACOMB 8

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      BEARDSTOWN 42

      BPC 18

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      R/I 20

      SOUTH FULTON 14

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      JACKSONVILLE 28

      MATER DEI 27

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      MARSHALL 22

      HANNIBAL 42

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      BROOKFIELD 14

      MACON 28

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      MARK TWAIN 6

      PALMYRA 48

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      MONROE CITY 34

      HIGHLAND 28

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      SOUTH SHELBY 24

      CLARK COUNTY 28

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      CENTRALIA 48

      LOUISIANA 7

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      SCOTLAND COUNTY 35

      PUTNAM COUNTY 17

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      NORTH SHELBY 14

      MILAN 42

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      KNOX COUNTY 28

      SCHUYLER CO 7

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      MOUNT PLEASANT 12

      KEOKUK 35

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      FORT MADISON 6

      WASHINGTON 40

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      RANDOM MUSINGS

      Bizarre timing with just 13 days left until the start of the season but Culver Stockton College parted ways this week with Womens Basketball Coach Melissa Young. Assistant Coach Bianca Beck will helm the program in the interim. Athletic Director Greg McVey's only allusion to the reason for Young's termination, via press release, was that he felt the program needed to be moved in a new direction. Young's two year tenure comes to a close with the Lady Wildcats coming off a 13-16 season in 2013.

      The Culver Stockton Men's Program has been picked to finished third in the HAAC Preseason Basketball Poll, behind Evangel and Mid America Nazarene.

      Van-Far product and two-time KHQA Basketball Player of the Year Mike Smith is finding success playing professionally in Belgium. Mike was named the Ethias League Player of the Week for October Eighth after scoring 24 points and pulling down 11 rebounds for Liege in a 71-65 win over Antwerp.

      Thanks to 127 yards rushing this week in a 65-3 win over Grinnell, BPC alum Trey Yocum surpassed Ron Baker as Monmouth College's All Time Leading Rusher. Trey also scored three more touchdowns in that game to augment his other standing record of not. With five games still left to play in his career, Yocum has amassed more that 3700 ground yards in his career with the Fighting Scots.

      Despite a blowout win over formerly unbeaten Lake Forest, Illinois College still can't find a football in the Division Three Top 25 poll. But perhaps the Blueboys profile is growing. D3 Sports has the Blueboys unofficially 27th this week.

      West Hancock product Coy Dorothy will get his first collegiate start at Quarterback this week, as a true freshman no less, after coming off the bench to spark the Highlander Offense in the second half of 55-30 loss to Greenville. Coy finished his day 7 of 15 passing for 137 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 111 yards and 18 yards and two touchdowns in leading his team to 27 second half points. Coy's first start will come against Eureka on Homecoming.

      West Hancock Wrestler Jack Lucie tells KHQA he has given his verbal commitment to continue his career at the Division One level when he accepts an appointment to Army. Jack has finished 5th in the state in two different weight classes the last two years running. Lucie gave his pledge to the Black Knights on a recent visit to West Point.

      Big game this Friday on the WIVC Slate...and no I am not talking about the obviously stellar Carrollton/Central tilt. The loser of Friday's Unity/Payson vs Pleasant Hill/Western Game features a pair of surging teams playing for their absolute playoff lives. If the Mustangs don't win out, they won't make the playoffs and have a three game win streak working. Pleasant Hill/Western, coming off an Old Oaken Bucket win, probably needs six wins given their playoff point situation, which requires the Wolves to win out as well.

      The Quincy High Golf Team has won every tournament it has played in this season, including the Sectional Title on a very difficult track at Lick Creek in Pekin this week. Doug Brunner's crew returns to The Den in Bloomington this weekend for 3A State getting great balance up and down the lineup as kids like Zach Smith and Alec Shoot have stepped up in critical moments to provide low scores. The Blue Devils haven't had to use a score over 79 yet in the postseason. If they can get four kids in the 70's at The Den, you can hand them the trophy with confidence.

      Statement win on the Volleyball court this week from the Southeastern Lady Suns, who went to Sciota and beat West Prairie in straight sets in a potential Regional Title game preview. Freshman sensation Kolby McClelland had 13 kills in that contest.

      Incredibly impressed with the run the Highland Softball team is on right now. Paul Scifres is getting gritty play up and down the line-up and on Wednesday, the ability his team displayed in fashioning a small ball win over Louisiana bodes well against a very talented South Callaway squad Saturday in the Quarterfinals.

      The red hot Knox County Lady Eagles get no picnic in the State Quarterfinal draw department either, facing a 21 win Westran squad at Edina Saturday that is always traditionally very impressive.

      With girls basketball practice getting ready to gear up my KHQA Preseason All Do or Die Team features Brown County Center Vanessa Markert as our Preseason POY pick. She's joined on the All Area First Team list by Forwards Abby Lashmett of West Central, Cassidy Johnston of South Shelby and guards Kristen Gengenbacher (QND) Katee Hinkle (Palmyra) and Gracie Bastert (Illini West) Just a little something to get you all thinking ahead to the winter....