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      Friday
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      Saturday
      91 / 73
      Sunday
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      Tread Lightly (Duerrisms for October 3rd)

      Gridiron Greetings, Faithful Readers. This is Duerrisms for October 3rd, brought to you as always by our friends at GAMEMASTERS. As always, grateful for their support.

      Your friendly neighborhood Sports Director has been running his tail off this week in trying to get you as much diverse Sports Coverage as possible. It's amazing how quickly the calendar runs away from us in the Fall. Postseason Golf begins next week, believe it or not. So the window is very short but we've done our best to see as many different schools and sports as we can with a limited staff. As always, we appreciate your support in making our hyper-local sports coverage work and we consider you the viewer invested in the process as well. In that spirit, if you know of a good story you want us to pursue, e-mail me at cduerr@khqa.com to let me know. 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. 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.

      One clerical note this week. I misspoke on OVERTIME last Saturday. Voting for the CONN COMMUNICATION CONNECTION will actually begin this upcoming Monday at ConnectTriStates.com. We needed to get one more nominee into the mix, so thanks for your patience and understanding.

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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

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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) ALGER SALDANA, RB, Central

      11 Carries, 154 Yards, TD, Receiving TD vs Brown County

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      6) IKE WHITAKER, FB, PGP

      13 Carries, 111 Yards, 3 TD vs West Hancock

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      5) ALEX BLICKHAN, RB, Unity/Payson

      15 Carries, 140 Yards, 3 TD vs Routt

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      4) DREW BARNETT, FB, West Central

      24 Carries, 147 Yards, 2 TD vs Pleasant Hill/Western

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      3) MITCH NICHOLS, RB, Hannibal

      29 Carries, 151 Yards, 2 TD; 94 Yard Kickoff Return for TD vs Kirksville

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      2) ANDREW SHAKE, LB, Central

      12 Tackles, 2 Tackles for Loss, QB Sack vs Brown County

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      1) DAYLIN ANDERS, RB, QND

      30 Carries, 302 Yards, 4 TD vs Illini West

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      KHQA PLAYER OF THE WEEK

      (as voted by you our readers)

      BRETT THREKELD, QB/DB, South Shelby

      Daylin Anders deserved a better shake from the voting public but this is your award and since you want me to talk about a great kid like Brett Threkeld, I am happy to oblige. No area team needed a win more desperately last week, just to regain traction and confidence, than the South Shelby Cardinals. Credit the Birds for turning things around against a Monroe City team that has seemed (at various times this season) ready to turn its own corner. What a role reversal. The Cardinals simply smothered the Panthers on Friday, limiting the MC Defense to just 165 total yards. And the big name kids on the South Shelby roster stepped up and did their part to foster the turnaround; no one more so than the speedster Brett Threkeld. Obviously, his 90 yard pick-six interception was the signature moment of that victory and a reminder of just how much raw explosiveness this kid has. I'd be remiss though if I didn't mention the two huge blocks that helped spring Threkeld. One by Adam Ellyson. The other happened off camera and all I could see was the fallen Monroe City body in a pile on the turf. Apologies Anonymous Blocker. It was one of those energy plays that just kind of ends an opponent, especially so close to halftime and Monroe City was never again able to get anything going. Brett also added 61 yards rushing on the night from his quarterback position, including a 30 yard touchdown rumble in the Fourth Quarter to punctuate the scoring. Bottom line here, there is still plenty of time for the Cardinals to get untracked and put this thing on a very positive trajectory headed into District. Friday was the first step. Trace Windsor looked like Trace Windsor again. The Offensive Line found a little continuity. Sidney Wear looked like the Defensive Catalyst this team needs. And Brett Threkeld, the real X-factor in this whole thing because of his true home run ability from anywhere on the field, started to look very comfortable in that specific role. Difference makers matter and Threkeld has an athletic ability that puts him in pretty rare company in the CCC. It was just a matter of getting the kid a little confidence and letting him realize how good he can be. If Brett can carryover that positive personal momentum, and in so doing buy Trace Windsor a little less Defensive Attention, I think South Shelby may look back at Week Five and that incredible INT return as the turning point of a season.

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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

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      KHQA POWER POLL

      1) CENTRAL (5-0)

      Last Week: 27-6 win over Brown County

      Up Next: vs Routt

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      THE SKINNY: The Panthers passed their first real test with flying colors on Friday, executing at a very high level against a very talented opponent. To repeat our now time-worn Central mantra: it's Linemen and Linebackers. That's where they are winning games and making things happen at a very high level. See also the fact that Panthers out-gained a very good Hornet squad 366-141 in the yardage department. Taking nothing away from Central's two emergent Wingbacks (Alger Saldana and Austin Kramberg, who are both explosive, exciting and terrifically fast in space) but the Panthers are good enough up front to make this offense work even if they had average runners in the backfield. Granted, there likely would not be as many home runs hit as Kramberg and Saldana seem to be racking up these days (nor would they likely average the 9.8 yards per carry they amassed at Brown County's expense, a telling number) but what I noticed instantly during my first in-person visit with Central is that even a good defense like BC's wasn't making first contact with the Panther running backs until three yards down field. I can only remember three plays where a Central back didn't run clean through the line of scrimmage on Friday and that says a lot. Central's line is terrific from tackle to tackle. And if there was a quantifiable way to prove this, I am note sure Eann Diller isn't a Player of the Year candidate in a just and perfect world. All he does is blast people off the line. And truth be told, I was even more impressed by the Panther Defense. Holding the Hornets to 77 rushing yards (at a clip of just two yards per carry) is just dominant stuff. What Brad Dixon has done masterfully with his 3-5 scheme is create "Role Linebackers" and plug kids into spots where they can excel and compliment one another. Jared Starman plays the heavy. He's the guy who overpowers (and in his case, literally engulfs) the would-be chain-mover types inside. Andrew Shake is the catalyst guy; the Linebacker you gamble with because you know he has higher end "big play" capability than anyone else. To wit, he had another 12 tackles, 2 stops for loss, and a Quarterback Sack on Friday. You have the luxury of letting Andrew Shake be Andrew Shake, however, because you have a kid like Mike Johnson back there who does everything as a textbook safety net. He's not a guy who is going to hit huge tackle numbers because he doesn't gamble. He's just unfailingly solid. The puzzle just fits together exceptionally well on this Defense and there is great symbiotic interplay here. On a lesser talented squad, kids like Jason Dormire (who I thought played a very strong game on Friday) and the speedy Kramberg are probably posting All Conference type tackle numbers. The group is just that good. This is a team that can just flat out ice a running offense. It's a shame Brady Long could not play in this game. I would have liked to have seen the Central Defense stretched just a bit more so it too could show off its athleticism. But my overriding conclusion coming off Friday is that there isn't a run oriented 1A team that is going to be able to overpower Central on the ground. And if you are a pure power running team like Triopia who is going to try that tact, it could make for a really long day. It's just not happening, especially with quality big bodies protecting those Linebackers up front. If you want to beat Central, you'd better have Long/Phelps type athletes (at least two) and great proficiency with the play action passing game, because that might be your only hope of loosening this group up. They are that good.

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      2) PALMYRA (5-0)

      Last Week: 42-8 win at Louisiana

      Up Next: vs Clark County (KHQA GAME OF THE WEEK)

      THE SKINNY: We did not stay long in Louisiana on Friday as it was the "get out quick" front end of a two-game road swing with Bowling Green. And in truth, things played out for Palmyra as you would have expected, so I am not sure more extended highlights would have made things any more illuminating. The Panthers dominated both lines of scrimmage, rolled up nearly 500 yards of total offense, and watched Brock Butler put together the most efficient passing night of his career with a 6 of 7 throwing effort. So lets use this space this week to look forward, rather than back. Let me start by positing this: these next two weeks are defining ones for Palmyra with Clark County visiting and a road trip to Brookfield on tap. This is Palmyra's last chance to gather momentum for District Play; a shot to spar with two legitimate playoff type teams (each with unique ways to stretch the Panthers on Defense) and get some things exposed/fixed that could prove fatal against upper echelon teams on the road to The Dome. From a Week Six perspective, the emphasis is on Palmyra's run Defense, especially in light of the fact that P-Town's rainmaker Linebacker Ben Althoff finds his season in injury jeopardy again. The Panthers did have some issues in Week Two with Centralia's power run game (when Althoff was sitting out his first injury) and Jacob Trump and Jayvin Ray are the first real legitimate post-Ethan Leighton litmus test for the Panthers since. Those are two exceptionally talented kids and I want to see if Palmyra can keep them hemmed in. If there is a single soft spot in the Palmrya Run Defense, Scott Murdock will find it and send Trump in to tenderize it. And make no mistake about it, Trump is a finisher who does not go down on initial contact. In Week Two, I thought, speaking bluntly, Palmyra's overall run defense got bailed out a lot by the outlier quality of run support Kevin Miles gets from his ridiculously good Safeties. I am anxious to see how much the overall equation has improved; and what the future looks like if Althoff is indeed done because of that shoulder. I also think Jayvin Ray's skill set has a way of making Defenses look awkward, almost in the same way Scott Kroeger did at Clopton/Elsberry. How do the Panthers play his dual threat capabilities. And lastly, while the Indians Defense has been up and down at times, there is enough potential and talent there that if Clark County shows up with it's A Level Play (particularly if the Defensive Line is revving) that could cause some disruption to Palmyra's potent running game. More to the point, this is the first real chance in a while that really effective Palmrya Offensive Line has had to have a "Game Ball" type night. Pushing around Louisiana and Highland is one thing. You bow your neck and create running lanes against Clark County (one looking desperately for a Red Letter win to jump start its own playoff push) and you have shown the strength of your will. Bottom line, there will be no painting by numbers this week.

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      3) CENTRALIA (4-1)

      Last Week: 21-9 win at Brookfield

      Up Next: vs Monroe City

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      THE SKINNY: Terrific road win in hostile climes for Centralia, which knocks Brookfield from the ranks of the unbeaten. Have not seen an official stat line yet but heard Friday on Radio that the Panther Defense held Brookfield to less than 130 yards of total offense. That is a pretty special feat, especially on the road, given the Bulldogs athleticism. Zach Etzler had a pair of long rushing touchdowns on the first half to jump start his team against what was an otherwise swarming Brookfield Defense; the value of having a true running threat in Erle Bennett's Offense. In the second half, with Centralia clinging to a 14-9 lead, it was Etzler's passing prowess that provided the insurance as he hit a couple of "loosen up the Front Eight" passes to Payton Horton to set up the decisive scoring strike to Chandler Blackwell to nail things shut on Brookfield. Truth be told and despite their otherwise gaudy record, I am not sure Nile Thudium's club didn't play its best game of the season in that loss; given some of the weirder earlier season scoring results we saw from Brookfield. Centralia got Brookfield's best defensive punch and withstood the haymaker. That's a pretty impressive feat and the win that I think this Panther team needed. In a year where we have seen a lot of area power teams deliver wildly erratic week to week efforts, the Panthers are one of the few squads that have gotten progressively better, tighter with each passing game. Maybe there really was some great value to be found in that rare, early regular season loss for these guys because Centralia has undoubtedly answered the call and is a team trending emphatically in the right direction.

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      4) QND (4-1)

      Last Week: 46-14 win over Illini West

      Up Next: vs IVC

      THE SKINNY: Not going to mince words here. The Raiders did a lot damage control this week and divested themselves from some of the stain of that forgettable Helias game. No disrespect to the Crusaders, who are an outstanding football team, but the Raiders blowout loss to Helias was as much a function of their own issues as it was any opponent. It was a game played without any self confidence and Helias feasted on that psyche; almost as if the team bought into Bill Connell's media comments about the Crusaders being some unbeatable juggernaut. If it were me, I would have shown my team a constant loop of game film of this exact same Helias team needing a miracle pass play to escape Porter Stadium in last year's playoffs, but I digress. The important by-product this week was that, for whatever reason, the Raiders had their early season swagger back and walked straight into Fuzz Berges Field with the express purpose of punching Illini West directly in the mouth and seeing if the Chargers had the sand to want to fight. And in doing so; in playing the bully, this time it was the Raiders who exposed weakness and insecurity. Bill Connell went directly for the jugular. He saw a Charger Run Defense that has struggled mightily with uncertain play at Linebacker and started sending Daylin Anders and Parker Kientzle and Brady Genenbacher repeatedly into the breach. Fifty three total running plays in all on Friday Night. The Raiders had only had 106 rushing attempts COMBINED in the four weeks prior. Daylin Anders became just the third back in school history to rush for over 300 yards in a game. He also scored four touchdowns. Kientzle had nearly 100 on just 15 carries. The Raider Offensive Line bullied IW off the line of scrimmage. And the Raider Defense failed a grand total of one time to account for the versatility of the Charger Double Wing. One Austin Curfman rushing touchdown (by the way, know this is probably the wrong week to point this out, but Curfman has been sensational this season from start to finish) and that was the only success the Chargers could find against this suddenly vibrant Raider Defense, which can be so good when these kids attack with confidence. There are great pieces here and it showed on Friday. Run support Defensive Backs? Jordan Chapel sets the bar. IW's only other touchdown of the night came on a superb Play Action Pass call. Hard to remember the last time a team held IW to less than 200 rushing yards on its home field. If the Raiders do right with this momentum, it is a season altering win in scope and result. Let's just see how this plays forward the next couple of weeks.

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      5) BROWN COUNTY (4-1)

      Last Week: 27-6 loss to Central

      Up Next: vs ISD

      THE SKINNY: Things have been a little tumultuous in Hornet Country the last two weeks. Not being able to have Brady Long in the mix against Central was certainly a buzz kill. The uncertainty surrounding the future of talented Defensive Coordinator Eric Grady, who officially resigned his teaching position this week and awaits (at the time of this writing) further clarification on whether he still gets to coach the Hornets, has been a long running saga behind the scenes in its own right that has come to a head. And yet, amid all the distractions, Brown County played a fairly strong game on Friday against a great opponent and looks like a team that won't lose another contest during the regular season. The biggest issue on Friday was that in all but one circumstance (Braxton Phelps outstanding catch and run for first down in the second quarter to fuel the Hornets only touchdown drive) Central won every big play moment in the game. The give and take and ebb and flow of the contest itself? Brown County certainly held its ground. Nearly pulled off a tremendous Red Zone stand to end the first half had not Casey Rhea called an absolutely perfect play action pass on fourth down that really destroyed all of the Hornets hard earned first half momentum. If you are BC, you clearlydon't feel great about Friday's loss or any loss; but you also walk away realizing that there is still plenty of hay to be made and lots to be optimistic about. And these kids have proven resilient. The Eric Grady issue is daunting, certainly and you'd hate to see him out of the equation given how good the guy is at his job. By the same token how many other schools in the area have the luxury of having guy like Ben Ellefritz in the wings to if a worst case scenario plays out? And if things fall right, I think there is a very high likelihood BC gets another crack at the Central Juggernaut. That's all you can ask for, right?

      By the way, no other place to talk about this, but how cool is that after the game on Friday the Central and Brown County kids got together at midfield and prayed with one another. Just one more reason this rivalry is very special, unique and enjoyable. Hard to ask for a better atmosphere than the one we saw in Camp Point on Friday for High School Football.

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      6) HANNIBAL (4-1)

      Last Week: 33-20 win over Kirksville

      Up Next: vs Fulton

      THE SKINNY: So the Pirates are now 4-1 and won a game last weekend in Kirksville that left many of their own fans mystified as to just how they escaped Tiger Country with a victory. If anyone out there has ever questioned the value of Mark St Clair to this program, this season should serve as Exhibit A to what the man brings to the table. And it goes well beyond football. It's Life Training 101. Got nine projected starters on the bench on "injured reserve" as Hannibal did a few weeks back? You find a way and divest yourself of excuses. That's the single most important attribute MSC brings to the table in America's Hometown. It's not X's and O's wizardy. It's holding every single kid in the program, starter or reserve, accountable to their teammates and demand that they be ready, engaged, and excuse free in holding up their end of the program. Point blank, what team in our area has a better "reason" to have gone off the rails than Hannibal? Name me a more irreplaceable football player than Lijah Harrison, who is out for the season. And yet, the next man up approach just keeps working. It hasn't always been elegant. But it's been gritty and heartfelt. Mitch Nichols cures a lot of ills and the kid just plays with pure, unadulterated heart. That helps because if I am that kid's teammate, I can't look at myself in the mirror after the game if I let him down. Wyatt King's natural fire is an asset. The Offensive Line keeps plugging away. Austin Kirby has weathered the growing pains and made key plays in important spots. The playbook may not be as extensive. The Defensive Safety Nets may not be as assured. But the bottom line is what you do with the moment and four straight wins here is incredibly impressive given the circumstance. And Hannibal will probably be underdogs again Friday against a vastly improved Fulton Squad. Want to bet against them? Do so at your own peril.

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      7) BOWLING GREEN (4-1)

      Last Week: 35-28 loss to Wright City

      Up Next: at Clopton/Elsberry

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      THE SKINNY: The Wright City Jinx strikes again. The Bobcats let a 28-7 halftime lead slide away on Friday Night and fell from the ranks of the unbeaten; in a game even more maddening than last years upset loss to this same squad. Simple assessment, the Bobcats have as much talent and explosive potential as anyone. And that is what is so frustrating here. The maddening up-and-downs with consistency of effort. A team with this much athleticism should not be giving up this many points week to week, especially to a squad that has been as offensively uneven in the first four weeks as Wright City. Friday was a definite wake-up call for Jeff Gschwender's crew. The only thing holding Bowling Green back right now is Bowling Green itself. Fascinated to see if they grow from this loss or regress this week and fall back into fatal patterns against Clopton-Elsberry.

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      THE NEXT LEVEL

      8) MACON (4-1)

      Probably trust these guys more than half the teams on this list right now because you know what you are going to get every week from Pete Claas and company. The Tigers hit Highland with five rushing touchdowns from four different kids on Friday, including a pair of 100 yard rushing efforts from Joe Lewis and Chris Little. And Jordan Lolli (two quarterback sacks) continues to be a holy terror for a rising Macon Defense.

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      9) BEARDSTOWN (4-1)

      Introducing Dante McWilliams everybody. When you hit a 57 yard rushing touchdown on your first every varsity touch against arch-rival Rushville/Industry, you tend to endear yourself quickly to the good people of Beardstown. Tigers quietly also delivered perhaps their best Defensive Effort to date as well.

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      10) CLARK COUNTY (4-1)

      Cold start in Kahoka on Friday but the Indians, who might have got caught looking ahead to Palmyra, eventually rounded into shape behind the considerable running skills of Trump/Ray and a Defense that seemed to find its footing in the final three quarters of the night. Can these guys beat Palmyra on the road Friday? Incredibly tall order but under the right circumstances, Scott Murdock's crew has a couple of key components here (Runners who don't wear out, Play Action Passing Capability, Defensive Size potential/Linebacker Speed) that hit Palmyra in awkward ways and could get the Panthers out of their considerable comfort zone.

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      11) QUINCY HIGH (3-2)

      Strong start at Alleman unravels under the weight of Blue Devils own miscues, Defensive Secondary coverage breakdowns. The road woes here against quality foes are well documented, but that doesn't absolve QHS of the gigantic task at hand Friday with a potent and angry Peoria Central coming to town in a game that means plenty to those keep track of Quincy High's playoff potential math.

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      12) ILLINI WEST (3-2)

      The last two weeks have proven that you can run on Illini West with great success and regularity. And until/unless the Chargers dispell that notion, particularly with more spirited Linebacker play, opponents are going to do exactly that.

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      13) JACKSONVILLE (3-2)

      Like Quincy High, old demons and familiar criticisms are now back in play. SHG essentially named its score in dropping 65 on the Crimsons last Friday. If you play on that Jacksonville Defense, Friday can't get here soon enough to go out and re-establish your credibility.

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      FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

      14) WEST CENTRAL (3-2)

      15) PARIS (3-2)

      16) TRIOPIA (2-3)

      17) SCOTLAND COUNTY (3-2)

      18) CLOPTON-ELSBERRY (2-3)

      19) SOUTH SHELBY (2-3)

      20) KEOKUK (2-3)

      21) PGP (2-3)

      22) FORT MADISON (2-3)

      23) MACOMB (1-4)

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      FEARLESS DUERR PREDICTIONS FOR WEEK SIX

      Last Week: 17 of 21 (80.9%)

      Season to Date: 93 of 116 (80.2%)

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      IVC 12

      QND 48

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      PEORIA 31

      QUINCY HIGH 24

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      ILLINI WEST 34

      MACOMB 12

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      ARCOLA 28

      WEST HANCOCK 6

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      ROUTT 6

      CENTRAL 50

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      ISD 0

      BROWN COUNTY 49

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      TRIOPIA 28

      UNITY 14

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      WEST CENTRAL 20

      GREENFIELD 30

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      PHILL/WESTERN 18

      NORTH GREENE 28

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      JACKSONVILLE 24

      SPRINGFIELD 18

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      BEARDSTOWN 28

      KNOXVILLE 35

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      FULTON 28

      HANNIBAL 30

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      CLARK COUNTY 28

      PALMYRA 42

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      LOUISIANA 8

      MACON 40

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      HIGHLAND 24

      MARK TWAIN 18

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      MONROE CITY 12

      CENTRALIA 42

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      BROOKFIELD 18

      SOUTH SHELBY 6

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      PARIS 28

      FAYETTE 7

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      SCOTLAND COUNTY 20

      MILAN 28

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      SCHUYLER COUNTY 26

      NORTH SHELBY 14

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      KNOX COUNTY 16

      SCHUYLER COUNTY 8

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      OSKALOOSA 34

      KEOKUK 18

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      FORT MADISON 21

      CENTERVILLE 42

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      RANDOM MUSINGS

      Heads up to all the Basketball Coaches out there. The Annual Carrollton Round Table Coaches Clinic is set for October 13th at Goettens Oasis Restaurant in Carrollton beginning at 1:00pm. Coaches at any level of the game are welcome to attend and Jeff Krumwiede and his crew do an outstanding job every year in creating an environment of learning/fellowship for those in the coaching fraternity. Would be well worth your time if you have the opportunity/means to attend.

      Breakthrough last season golf efforts this week at the West Central Conference Meets from the Central Girls, who won the team title on their home course, lead by Amanda Ihrig's Fifth Place individual finish as well as the Pittsfield Saukee boys, who rode a balanced effort to second place (behind QND) on the difficult Harry Mussatto Golf Course in Macomb. Two teams getting hot at the right time and worth monitoring going forward with Regionals looming.

      Macomb's 4-2 victory at home on Friday over QND was the first in the program's history against a Gem City Varsity squad.

      Huge weekend ahead for the Quincy High Soccer Program as they head to St Louis for the Gateway Classic. The Blue Devils will face the #3 ranked team in Colorado, the #3 ranked team in California, and the #4 ranked team in Missouri, a group of opponents whose combined record coming in will be 24-2. I am told Quincy High is ranked 9th in the state of Illinois at the time of this writing by QHS Assistant Eric Stratman.

      Liberty is your 2013 Central Volleyball Tournament Champion. The Lady Eagles beat the host squad in three games in the Championship match on Wednesday. Southeastern, which suffered just its second loss of the season in the Semifinals against Central, took third place and placed both Kara Twaddell and Kolby McClelland on the All Tournament Team.

      Quincy University Wide Receiver Justin Dickens is the reigning GLVC Offensive Player of the Week after catching eight passes for 190 yards and tied a school record three touchdowns in the Hawks 36-7 win over Lindenwood/Belleville. Dickens is just the second Hawk to be honored with Player of the Week plaudits. The Hawks open GLVC play this week hosting Truman State.

      For the second straight week, a Quincy University Soccer program has garnered National Player of the Week honors for one of its players. Xhovani Dokaj is your Men's Disney/NCSSA National POTW after scoring four goals, including a game winner against St Joseph's.

      Undefeated Illinois College remains outside the Division Three Top 25 Football Poll again this week, garnering just three votes in the National Polls. The Blueboys travel to Lawrence this weekend.

      If you haven't heard yet, proud papa type news for the KHQA Sports Family as another talented alum (and owner of world famous dimples) Tyler Fulghum, after nearly five years at KMIZ in Columbia, is moving up the job ladder. Our guy is headed to Chicago to work for a new digital start-up Sports Network covering all your favorite (or hated) Windy City teams. The guy is going to rule the Sports Broadcasting World some day and we can all say we knew him when. I've been extremely blessed to work with some outstanding talents and even better people in my time at KHQA....Tyler Fulghum, Kurt LaBelle, Joe Murano, Mike Irvine and Ross Green among them... who have gone on to loftier perches in this business after getting their start here. Lets hope the all start kicking back to the old man from their sizable (or soon to be sizable) paychecks soon. Tuition payments ain't cheap, gents. And if I don't say it enough, couldn't be prouder of all of you.