71
      Saturday
      94 / 72
      Sunday
      94 / 72
      Monday
      87 / 70

      The Wire (Duerrisms for October 11th)

      Welcome Everybody to your Weekly Dose of Duerrisms, presented by the fine folks at GAMEMASTERS. As always, greatly appreciative of their support and of that of all our sponsors.

      Apologies for the late posting this week, but with the start of postseason Golf and Softball, your friendly neighborhood e-columnist has been hopping. Sadly, a dead battery on Wednesday cost me my chance to bring you highlights from every single Golf Regional this week as I literally got three shots at Gold Hills and had no juice left for a return trip to Westview for the Girls Class A and AA meets in those respective venues. Just know that we are out there fighting the good highlight fight for you every day; trying to be all things to all people and everywhere at once. In in that respect, it is a real blessing to work in a job where you are appreciated for what you do. People in every corner of the Tri States are so incredibly kind and easy to deal with and it really makes this fun to get out and meet with all of you and help feed the sports culture out there. From the bottom of my heart, thanks for fostering that atmosphere (it's a rare and wonderful thing) and thanks for all your kind words about our coverage. Every trip out to cover events remind me that I have a lot of friends out there. That's a good feeling to have.

      To all the St Louis Cardinal Faithful out there (and the handful of Dodger Fans I know) enjoy this circus the next ten or so days. As much as I'd love to poke fun at all the hyper-neurotic folks I know out there on Social Media, I am remind that the NBA Season starts in 21 days and I am about to become insufferable over a team that might not win 30 games. Please feel free to unfollow me with my blessing from November 1st to the NBA Draft. I won't be offended.

      On the business side: If you follow a team and aren't seeing their scores on our Sportscast, help us to promote them by mentioning to coaches that we'd love to hear from them at 217-222-6206 over via e-mail and we can help extend our coverage. We like to have as many of you represented on the newscast as possible. And I greatly appreciate all the nominations and suggestions you guys are getting us for our SEEDS OF GREATNESS feature during OVERTIME (focusing on the next generation of Tri State stars, 14 or under right now) as well as for STUDENT ATHLETE OF THE WEEK. Also, thanks for all the participation on the KHQA Player of the Week Award. Tell a friend. All you need do, starting Friday night is go to our Sports Facebook Page here : https://www.facebook.com/KHQAChrisDuerr any time and look for the POTW Post. I will list a slate of nominees there but you are always free to add your own suggestion simply by commenting on the string. We count every individual vote (but just one vote per customer) So jump on in every Friday, usually starting around Midnight...or any time before Wednesday's 5:00pm deadline and have at it. It is a giant help to me and my staff. Your energies are appreciated. Our goal is, as always, to spotlight great local kids and we can't do it without you.

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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

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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) BRODY MOUBRY, RB, Knox County

      141 Yards Rushing, Receiving TD, Pick Six Interception vs Putnam County

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      6) JOHN ARNETT, RB, North Shelby

      145 Yards Rushing, 3 TD vs Schuyler County

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      5) FLOYD LOMELINO, RB, Jacksonville

      23 Carries, 175 Yards, 2 TD vs Springfield High

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      4) WAYDE SMITH, QB, Pittsfield/Griggsville-Perry

      6 of 9 Passing, 95 Yards, 2 TD; 14 Carries, 87 Yards TD vs MonRose

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      3) BARRY WELPER, WR/DB, Quincy Notre Dame

      3 Catches, 53 Yards, 2 TD; 2 Pick Six Interceptions (37, 44 yards) vs IVC

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      2) BRADY LOOS, QB, Unity/Payson

      16 of 30 Passing, 295 Yards, 4 TD Passes vs Triopia

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      2) CRAIG SMITH, QB, Macon

      10 of 12 Passing, 250 Yards, 3 TD vs Louisiana

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      1) MITCHELL NICHOLS, RB, Hannibal

      39 Carries, 320 Rushing Yards, 4 TD; Receiving TD vs Fulton

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      KHQA PLAYER OF THE WEEK

      (as voted by you our readers)

      MATTHEW FRANKENBACH, Palmyra

      What a time and what a spot for the promising Sophomore Defensive Lineman to ping radar. In what was really the one true spotlight game of last week and at a real crossroads moment in that contest with Clark County, Matthew Frankenbach displayed extraordinary athleticism and instincts in knocking a Jayvin Ray screen pass out of mid-air and turning into a Pick-Six interception that touched off a deluge of Panther scoring. Bottom line, that was an incredibly tough play to make and Matthew was spot on perfect in a moment when his team really needed him to be. A tide-turning moment if you will and that is a very special quality in any player, regardless of position. But truth be told, if you look at the tape, Frankenbach was hardly a one hit wonder in that game. He had five total tackles, including a tackle for loss, and I had him with at least a pressure (probably should have been a sack) in forcing Jayvin Ray out of the pocket in the second quarter and putting the Indians into a long yardage situation that ultimately resulted in the Indians giving up a second interception. The kid certainly has a dynamic aspect to his game and you can see him in video working aggressively on every play and displaying really good feet and mobility through traffic; almost gliding off offensive line contact. It's not an understatement to say the young man has a really bright future and a frame that, with continued weight room gains, could really pique the interest of small college recruiters down the road. That kind of natural athletic ability (let along those kind of hands on a lineman to make that signature play) are rare commodities. And clearly our readership was impressed with Matthew's Big Night as his vote total here dwarfed every other competitor in the field. Linemen don't often get this kind of recognition in football so enjoy the spotlight, Mr Frankenbach. It is richly deserved and well earned.

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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

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      KHQA POWER POLL FOR WEEK SEVEN

      1) CENTRAL (6-0)

      Last Week: 58-0 win over Routt

      Up Next: at Triopia

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      THE SKINNY: Just another ho-hum week of domination at the office for the Panthers, who grind up 405 yards of offense and limit the Rockets to just 52 in kind. I made allusions in this column a few weeks ago to the potential throwing prowess of Cole Phillips and lo and behold, we got our first real tangible glimpse of that ability in a 122 yard, 2 touchdown night (on just four attempts no less) with passing strikes to Alger Saldana and Zach Foote. The Panthers haven't needed to showcase Cole's mobility much to this point either but he did have a 26 yard rushing touchdown as well. We stayed in Camp Point long enough on Friday to get highlights of a couple of Austin Kramberg touchdowns (including a very pretty punt return for six) and beat a hasty retreat to Mendon for the much more interesting/entertaining Triopia/Unity-Payson showdown. It was just that kind of over before it started night in Panther country. From a statistical standpoint, there isn't much red meat here for Brad Dixon's starters. Saldana had 81 yards rushing on a paltry two carries. Kramberg had just under 50 on four totes. And Ryan Freiberg got some decent run with the game in hand and had 61 yards and two touchdowns in his cameo. Defensively, Andrew Shake didn't even reach double digit tackles (only nine) which tells you what a short night it was for the Panther front liners. Beyond that, the Panthers got their work done early, iced this thing quickly, and moved on to more pressing business at hand. This week, that mission is tangling with a Triopia club teetering on the brink of playoff elimination. Put bluntly, the Trojans don't have the kind of equalizing speed it takes to beat Central if the Panthers are playing well and not making self inflicted mistakes. That said, Triopia is big, powerful, and in full "wounded animal" mode which means at least the Panthers will get a fight in hostile climes on Friday; something that should serve them well going into a potential WIVC Unification Bout with Carrollton in Week Eight. In that sense, I guess you could say there are some potential trap game implications here...but again, Central remains for my money the most business-like and psychologically mature team I've covered in the last three years and they just don't seem to fall prey to the same snares that make similiarly talented teams experience peaks and valleys. The Panthers just repetitively do their thing with clock-work consistency and never seem to play up or down to opponents. Probably the biggest reason they have held this spot since the preseason without even a hint of vulnerability to date.

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      2) PALMYRA (6-0)

      Last Week: 52-7 win over Clark County

      Up Next: at Brookfield

      THE SKINNY: I told you in this space last week I considered Clark County a litmus test on the Palmyra Defense going forward. Credit to the Panthers for absolutely acing that exam. Defensive Coordinator John Kliewer coaxed the best effort yet out of his guys a limited the Indians to one short field touchdown after Palmyra fumbled away its initial possession on the first play from scrimmage. The Indians scored once on a 14 yard Jayvin Ray keeper and were driving for a second score when the Panthers turned the tide of the game for good; turning Clark County over on downs with an emphatic stand (I literally counted nine guys in the scrum on the tackle) on 4th and inches. The Indian Offense never managed to exhibit even a modicum of rhythm from there. Three plays after that stand, Caleb Kizer went for 72 yards to tie the game. Then Matt Frankenbach made a stellar athletic play on a Indian Middle Screen by batting Ray's thrown pass, catching it mid-air and returning it 30 yards for the go ahead tally. Josh Hultz added another interception in the second quarter to set up his own rushing touchdown. Bottom line, the Panthers held a very potent Clark County Offense to one touchdown and less than 190 yards of total offense. That kids is the very definition of a signature effort, especially considering the degree of difficulty at play against really talented guys like Ray and Jacob Trump. And what I liked most about what Palmyra did on Friday, at least for the two quarters I was there watching, was swarm as a collective to the ball. Tackling stats were incredibly well balanced. Yes Frankenbach had his moment in the sun and Case Doyle made a couple of big plays behind the line of scrimmage but for the most part, it was the across the board production that stood out. Alex Bross was seemingly everywhere. Skyler Kline and Matt Hettinger came up and were part of nearly every defensive play I had on tape in the first half, if not making the tackles because the guys up front had already taken people to ground. The word I think I am looking for is efficient. It was a tremendously efficient Palmyra Defensive Effort. And less I be remiss, the Offense was pretty darned good too, obviously. Jordan Nutt had another spectacular catch. Caleb Kizer and Josh Hultz both ran well. Brock Butler did Brock Butler things. And I guess most impressively of all, I saw Clark County get only two really clean initial contact hits on any of the Palmyra backs (one by Trump, the other a wonderfully forceful hit by Phillip Mason at the line of scrimmage) which says a lot about the work the Offensive Line did. That is important because this week the roles are reversed against Brookfield. Whatever inconsistencies the Bulldogs have displayed on Offense at various times this year, they have been incredibly stingy as a Defense. I am told this column served as motivation for the Palmyra Defense a week ago. We will see if it does same here this week on the other side of the ball because man for man, Brookfield is as athletic as any defense Palmyra has or will see until November. And unlike the Centralia and Clark County wins, Palmyra must prove it this week against an A level opponent on the road. And I do think Palmyra will get tested in that department, which again, as we saw last week can be a very good thing. These Panthers still have a lot of good out there left in the tank and its nice to see when they get pushed, they like to push back. Again, as I mentioned a week ago, I selfishly like this two game "elevated threat level" for Palmyra in early October. It does far more to get them ready for the Road to the Dome than being force fed easy shutouts and blowouts. And to his credit, Kevin Miles is clearly finding ways to use this stretch to "sharpen the steel."

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      3) CENTRALIA (5-1)

      Last Week: beat Monroe City 48-6

      Up Next: at Clark County

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      THE SKINNY: The Panther Defense didn't allow Monroe City to cross midfield until the second half and limited MC to just 117 yards of total production for the night with Hunter Williamson and his 12 tackles leading a spirited cause. That Defensive Safety net allowed Erle Bennett to channel his inner Don Coryell a put the football into the air with great regularity against Monroe. Zach Etzler was incredibly sharp in that endeavor, completing 12 of his 18 passes for 177 yards and four touchdowns to four different receivers. Logan Armontrout also added a passing touchdown in relief of Etzler as Centralia looks like a team gathering momentum for the stretch drive here. That mission continues Friday with a road trip to Clark County and the Panthers first chance to avenge the ending of "The Streak" against an Indian club that struggled to put up much defensive resistance against Palmyra. And given the construction of the Indians Defense and the specific strengths of the Centralia attack, this is not a opponent that Clark County seems to match up well with. Stranger things have happened and Kahoka is a tough place to play (except, ironically enough for Centralia which has been historically good at Nick Denham Field) but on paper, Clark County doesn't look like the team that can put the kybosh to Centralia's gathering storm of momentum here.

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      4) QND (5-1)

      Last Week: 51-16 win over IVC

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

      THE SKINNY: It took a little longer than expected for the Raiders to go full throttle on IVC but thanks to the week's second most impressive "short clock scoring spurt" (see also Hannibal vs Fulton) one QND ignited in the final minute of the first half, things were never again the same. Up 17-7 on the Grey Ghosts, Joey McCaughey hit Jordan Chapel with a 15 yard touchdown pass with left to make the score 24-7. Compounding matters, IVC opted to try and answer that score in the waning seconds of the stanza and Barry Welper jumped a pass for the first of his two Pick Six interceptions on the night. Game effectively over. Offensively, once things got humming, QND showed very fine balance with Daylin Anders contributing 164 of his teams 240 rushing yards and Joey McCaughey throwing for 200 more and four touchdowns on a very tidy 13 of 21 passing. Clearly it wasn't a perfect effort or the cleanest game QND has played on either side of the ball, and maybe some of that was human nature coming off the emotional Illini West victory. But in the end, the Raiders found a way to bring the thing home and finish with a flourish. Which brings us to renewal of the Saukee/Raider rivarly this week, a football game that hasn't been contested since the Larry Johnson era (1998) in Saukee Country. And to be honest, my curiosity as to atmosphere here (in a week without many great games being played within the confines of the Tri States and the two best shows happening at Moberly and Brookfield) and the natural of breathing life back into this thing one last time before PGP vacates the WCC is the impetus for Game of the Week coverage here. On paper, this does appear to be a mismatch, especially for a Saukee Secondary that was exposed a great deal a year ago. The Raiders bring three of the area's best pass catching targets to the table, not to mention a tailback who has rolled up close to 500 yards in the last two weeks alone. That's a lot of places that the Saukees are going to be stretched and teams with the ability to do display that kind of balance have been Kryptonite to PGP's Defense for the last three years. And yet, as easy as it may be to dismiss PGP's chances on that premise, it bears mentioning that the Saukees have found a nice groove the last few weeks; that this new and improved version of the Saukee Secondary held MonRose to 33% passing accuracy a week ago. It's also important to note that PGP has a dynamic dual-threat weapon in Quarterback Wayde Smith who, provided he gets even a modicum of time, can extend plays and create chaos to exploit with his quick feet. There is enough here in terms of talent, impressive size, and carry-over momentum to make PGP dangerous if the Raiders don't take the threat level seriously enough. We haven't talked a great deal this season about the quality and potential of the QND defense; at least not in the wake of the Helias game. This is kind of a chance to see how far things have come with Bill Connell's group in the weeks since. On talent, PGP is a slightly higher caliber test than IVC was a week ago and there figure to be far more emotions riding into this.

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      5) BROWN COUNTY (5-1)

      Last Week: 64-6 win over ISD

      Up Next: at Routt

      THE SKINNY: The Hornets find themselves in the midst of an utterly blas three game stretch against opponents who are a combined 2-16 on the season. It didn't start pretty against winless ISD on Friday with Braxton Phelps scoring a 43 yard touchdown 15 seconds of game clock into the contest. Beyond that, what else even remotely meaningful can you really extrapolate and take from last week's contest? It's just sadly the function of having to play an undermanned, essentially JV aged Tiger squad once a season. That issue is compounded here by the rare phenomenon of having that ISD game scheduled in such close proximity to both Routt and Calhoun in a season when both of those traditionally strong programs are mired in epic rebuilding projects. To wit, there may be more chance of the Jacksonville Jaguars winning a game than someone here holding the Hornets to under 50 points between now and the Pleasant Hill/Western finale. At this point if you are Tom Little, you take these games as sparring sessions, work on the things you want to/need to and try to create opportunities to get your second and third string kids reps as fast as possible. Routt is at least capable, particular from a Defensive Standpoint, of keeping your attention because there is potential with the passing game and Ben Whalen is a good athlete who can make pay for not paying attention to the details. Still, if I am the Brown County coaching staff, I am hoping that Pleasant Hill/Western is in potential playoff qualifying position in Week Nine to elevate the threat level here and give you a game that helps acclimate you a little better to playoff style football.

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      6) HANNIBAL (5-1)

      Last Week: 61-32 over Fulton

      Up Next: at Boonville

      THE SKINNY: Got treated to a rather amazing eighteen seconds on Friday Night as Hannibal scored twice just before the half to gain separation from a really improved Fulton Squad. Mitch Nichols scored a touchdown with eighteen seconds left. The Pirates strip Fulton's Return Man on the ensuing kickoff. Mark St Clair runs a successful Hook and Lateral play with Jerry McBride and Mitch Nichols that ends with a facemask penalty and one more un-timed down. Shamar Griffith scores an eight yard touchdown run on said play and the game is never close again. The Pirates carry that momentum over through the halftime break and come out and drop a pair of long passing touchdowns from Austin Kirby to Dalton Overstreet and Mitch Nichols to extend the Pirates to a four touchdown lead in a game that was tied at 21 just 2:45 in clock time earlier. Explosive? You bet. Hannibal really put things together on Offense Friday night; the result of actually getting healthier (rather than more injury depleted) for the first time this season. That said, Friday was not without its casualties. Griffith, a wonderful looking Freshman who came on strong the last two weeks, broke an ankle and is likely done. So Team Adversity will soldier through for another week. Hard not to like a team capable of putting nearly 600 total yards on the board, especially when 386 of those come from a single player. Hard not to envision Mitch Nichols as a Player of the Year front runner after that performance and the fact that he has been among the few healthy constants all through this five game win streak. But give ample credit to this offensive line for really dominating the point of attack the last two weeks. When these guys get into people with their blocks, there is no relent. I also think that Austin Kirby is really starting to exhibit a higher degree of comfort under center and becoming a nice weapon here in his own right. And the Pirates are going to need their very best from their Quarterback and all involved in this week's road tangle with the undefeated Moberly Spartans. Jason Ambroson's crew appears to be legit and has unfinished business with a Hannibal team that has owned them in recent years. The key here for the Pirates would appear to be contending with a very versatile Spartan rushing attack that features three guys, including Quarterback Justin Connaway, who are capable of beating an opponent with their feet. The Moberly Defense is even more formidable. The Spartans have two big, active linemen in Colton Tremaine and Jeff Kinder who have proven to be an absolute handful for lesser Offensive Linemen all season long; helping this team hold opponents to nine net points per game. Their presence and activity up front has made life pretty easy for linebacker Devon Cox to clean up any residual action. On paper, this is the most complete Defensive Team that Hannibal has face. Whereas the strength of QND's Defense was in the secondary, the power of Moberly's Front Eight is an issue that the Pirates are going to have to reckon with. This is certainly every bit of the state ranked battle it is being made out to be. And it is a hostile climes game for Hannibal. It will certainly be a tall order to achieve. By the same token, considering what this Pirate team has fought through since August and how good they have been in tight quarters, does anyone doubt Hannibal has a chance to get this done?

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      7) BOWLING GREEN (5-1)

      Last Week: 50-12 win at Clopton/Elsberry

      Up Next: at Montgomery County

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      THE SKINNY: Another potential Game of the Week possibility that was denied us because of road scheduling. That inexplicable second half versus Wright City aside, the Bobcats have emerged as an incredibly intriguing entity. Heck, Bowling Green's 46 points per game average is the kind of stuff that would make Arena Teams envious. What we find out this week is if Jeff Gschwender's crew can summon that level of production on the road against an A level foe. The undefeated Wildcats have proven super stingy this year, with only Hermann in Week One able to crack more than 20 points against them. It's a weird dynamic. The Bobcats are kind of like a Ferrari on Offense. When it's good, the thing runs sublimely, as it did in the second half of the Commissioner Cup Game with the IndianHawks last week, when Malik McPike scored three of his four touchdowns (including another 80 yard catch-me-if-you-can sprint) and the Bobcats scored 39 unanswered points to close the game. But the Bobcat offense at times has proven incredibly temperamental as well. So I guess the question here is can Jacob Niemeyer and friends find a rhythm and keep it against a Defense that has been stifling. And will the Bobcat Defense rise to the occasion and put together four really good quarters of consecutive Football for the first time this year. On an athlete-for-athlete basis, Bowling Green can match up and play with anyone. This game won't be referendum on the Bobcat's physical attributes but rather the squad's toughness, fortitude, and the collective ammo this team has between the ears. The response will be incredibly telling about just how legit these guys are as a viable deep player into the playoffs.

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      THE NEXT LEVEL

      8) MACON (5-1)

      I keep trying to find a reason to move this impressive squad into the Top Seven but no one ahead of them is losing. Granted, after Friday's showdown with Mark Twain, the Tigers schedule gets infinitely tougher with Brookfield and The Chair Game waiting but lets just take a moment to appreciate that these guys have been as impressive and consistent since Week Two. He doesn't garner the same raves as Brock Butler or Zach Etzler, but you give me Craig Smith as my starting quarterback and I am not sure I would trade him straight up for anyone else. He's doing a fantastic job of spreading the football around now and befuddling Defensive Coordinators who simply thought smothering super target Brendan Watts would slow him down. Just a great kid and a great talent. And the Tigers, now healthy, have as balanced a Defense as you will find. Would not surprise me in the least if Macon wins at least two of their final three games. And who knows, with confidence high right now, how tough an out these Cats will be come Districts.

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      9) QUINCY HIGH (4-2)

      Excepting Palmyra's brute force attack on Clark County, who had a better high value victory this week than the Blue Devils? The Week to Week roller coaster must be a bit maddening for Rick Little but my goodness when The Good QHS shows up, as it did against Peoria Central, Blue Devil fans are in for a treat. Zero turnovers? Three penalties for 15 yards? That is marvelous stuff. Both Malique Robbins and Jordan Osborne topped the century mark in rushing. George Crickard created nice balance and got the ball to Seth Holtschlag in the passing game, never a bad idea. And Quincy High played the aggressive, nasty defense its DNA suggests it is more than capable of week to week. So how about a case of Rinse and Repeat, eh?

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      10) ILLINI WEST (4-2)

      It certainly wasn't an elegant affair, but the Chargers found some late traction and ended a two game losing streak with a gritty late flurry at Macomb. Leighton Johnson got his power running game going with 142 yards and a touchdown. Of equal importance, the Charger Defense started to look it's old self again, with Jacob Gittings (13 tackles) and Braxton Squier (10 tackles, QB Sack) returning to their better forms.

      Now lets just hope Illini West left Carthage on Tuesday to get to Trenton on time for Friday's scheduled 7pm start.

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      11) JACKSONVILLE (4-2)

      Thanks to the program's first win over Springfield in eight years, the Crimsons bought themselves at least a measure of atonement for that SHG nightmare. A breakout ground effort from Floyd Lomelino is certainly an encouraging reminder of the balance and effectiveness of this offense. And it's good to see Bryce Schnitker recapture his rhythm. Expect the momentum building to continue this week at Taylorville's expense.

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      12) PARIS (4-2)

      The Coyotes eked out the Week's most exciting contest by withstanding Fayette's late charge in a 42-41 thriller to improve to 4-2. Kyle Popkes threw for a mind numbing 353 yards and four touchdowns, all to different receivers. Still, most impressive performer of the night may have been Briar Hancock with his 15 tackles and four stops for loss. August Hayhurst was no slouch either with a 45 yard pick six interception. Credit here to an Offensive Line that has gone from question mark to exclamation point in short order. Better yet, these guys are young and this run is only just beginning in Coyote Country.

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      13) CLARK COUNTY (4-2)

      What might have been. Indians were actually in route to driving to a 14-0 lead on Palmyra when a fourth and short went awry. And the whole house of cards collapsed from there. What more can you say: decent team, really forgettable week.

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      14) BEARDSTOWN (4-2)

      See also, Clark County

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      FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

      15) WEST CENTRAL (3-3)

      16) SCOTLAND COUNTY (3-3)

      17) PGP (3-3)

      18) PLEASANT HILL-WESTERN (3-3)

      19) SOUTH SHELBY (2-4)

      20) KNOX COUNTY (2-4)

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      FEARLESS DUERR PREDICTIONS FOR WEEK SEVEN

      Last Week: 20 of 23 (86.9%)

      Season to Date: 113 of 139 (81.2%)

      PGP 14

      QND 38

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      QUINCY HIGH 34

      MOLINE 7

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      JACKSONVILLE 40

      TAYLORVILLE 20

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      UNITY/PAYSON 50

      ISD 0

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      BROWN COUNTY 49

      ROUTT 6

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      CENTRAL 35

      TRIOPIA 14

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      CALHOUN 20

      PH/WESTERN 35

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      WEST CENTRAL 28

      NORTH GREENE 6

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      MACOMB 14

      IVC 12

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      ILLINI WEST 37

      TRENTON 20

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      FARMINGTON 30

      BEARDSTOWN 27

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      KNOXVILLE 40

      R/I 18

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      HANNIBAL 22

      MOBERLY 14

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      MACON 35

      TWAIN 0

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      CENTRALIA 35

      CLARK COUNTY 21

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      SOUTH SHELBY 15

      HIGHLAND 12

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      PALMYRA 24

      BROOKFIELD 6

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      LOUISIANA 18

      MONROE CITY 24

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      PUTNAM COUNTY 30

      NORTH SHELBY 14

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      SCOTLAND COUNTY 20

      KNOX COUNTY 26

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      PARIS 42

      SLATER 10

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      KEOKUK 14

      WILLIAMSBURG 40

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      FAIRFIELD 9

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      RANDOM MUSINGS

      Can't even fathom what the logo may look like, but we now have a mascot for the soon be be conjoined BPC/West Prairie Football program. Meet the SparClones, my friends. That mascot (an amalgamation of the past mascots, Spartans and Cyclones) of the separate schools, won majority approval to be the future name of this endeavor. If nothing else, it certainly is something different.

      Coe College is ramping up recruiting interest in Hannibal's Mitch Nichols, I am told reliably. Truman State is also a player for Mitch's services at this point.

      Hannibal Assistant Football Coach Karl Asbury is a Moberly Spartan Alum (and I am told he was a very good football all around football player and exceptional punter in his day) and I have it on good authority that Friday's game will be Karl's first experienced at his alma mater since his graduation. Karl is already the object of media requests and will be doing Friday Morning Radio with our Friends at REGIONAL RADIO at 9:30am on Friday Morning.

      Truman State could not have scripted a more dominant GLVC Debut than it's 33-0 road victory at Quincy University. A handful of home grown Bulldogs had a hand in that win. North Shelby's Dahn Kemp had two catches for 8 yards. Hannibal's Kyle Arthaud notched a solo tackle. QND's Nick Reichert had four assists and a tackle for loss. And fellow Raider alum Brad Wellman is starting at Center for the Bulldogs.

      Central Lee's Brad Vogel had seven receptions for 93 yards in Simpson's 34-24 loss to Wartburg last week.

      Huge Homecoming Contest for Illinois College on Saturday, which welcomes fellow unbeaten Lake Forest to England Field. Blueboy Tailback Cecil Brimmage is your reigning MWC Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 273 yards at Lawrence.

      The Culver Stockton Lady Wildcat Soccer squad posted a landmark win over 14th ranked Graceland on Wednesday; just the program's second ever win over the Yellowjackets. Tyler Tomlinson clearly has things headed in a positive direction on the hill. Locals Mackenzie Little and Kelseigh Ruths are playing an integral part in C-SC's success.

      Hannibal Cross Country won the team title at its own Frank Lemons Invitational on Thursday; the schools first such feet in over a decade. Paul Golian (third place) paced a performance that produced four Medalists (Tyler Janes, Sean Jones, and Nigel McIntosh) and a fourth place Individual showing on the girls side from Rachel Davis. Clark County's Renae Buschling took overall Medalist honors for the ladies.

      The "usual suspects" were front and center this week on the links during boys and girls Golf Regionals near and far. One name to keep an eye on going forward is Macomb's Allison Torrance, who paced the Bombers to a second place finish at Gold Hills and helped them book passage to the Sectional at Gibson Woods. Torrance seems be playing her best golf at the most opportune time.

      No discussion of stellar Fall Coaching is complete without a mention of Kirk Gauldin's name. The Central Lady Panthers have now backed up their West Central Conference Title with a Regional Championship. The top end of his lineup: Amanda Ihrig, Jaci Higgins, Katelyn Rhea and Chloe Boone all keep it in two figure scoring range at Scripps Park to beat the field by eleven full strokes. Talk about a team seizing the stage and making the most of its opportunities.

      Congratulation to the classy Paul Scifres, who picked up his 100th career coaching win in Softball when Highland defeated Monroe City 11-1. Palmyra has the reputation and Knox County is scorching hot, but I'd contend at this point the Lady Cougars are hitting the softball as well as anyone in our area, top to bottom of the lineup and could well sneak out as a darkhorse and be the last area team standing.