| Sikeston (Mo.) at Obion Central |
PLACE, TIME: Rebel Field, Troy, 7 p.m.
2010 RECORDS: Sikeston 0-0; Central 1-0.
COACHES (RECORDS): Sikeston: Kent Gibbs (20-14 in 4th season); OC: Shawn Jackson (14-18 in 4th season, 7-15 in 3rd season at OC).
SERIES RECORD — First-ever meeting.
LAST WEEK — OC beat Fulton County, 35-6, in a game called at halftime due to lightning.
KEY PLAYERS: Sikeston — LB Ray Clark, C/DT Corey Porter, TB/LB Treston Pulley, RB/CB Trey Lewis. Obion Central — RB LaDevin Fair, QB Trey Phipps, LB Steven Patton, OL Spenser Maloney, WRs Shawn Weaks, Mason McGrew.
OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs are coming off a season in which they won a school-record 13 games and made it to the Class 4A Missouri state semifinals. Nearly two dozen seniors graduated from that squad, however, leaving numerous question marks for this year’s club that nonetheless is ranked in the preseason state Top 10. On the flip side, Central got little out of last week’s opener vs. Fulton County other than a victory. The lightning-shortened contest was dominated by penalties and typical first-game mistakes and the Rebs never got in any rhythm on either side of the ball. Fair proved to be every bit as good as his preseason billing with three touchdowns on just seven touches. OC is looking to go 2-0 to start the season for just the sixth time in the 49-year history of the program.
West Carroll at South Fulton
PLACE, TIME: SF Athletic Field, 7:30 p.m.
2009 RECORDS: West Carroll 6-5; SF 6-6.
COACHES (RECORDS): West Carroll: Josh Fronabarger (7-14 in 3rd season); South Fulton: Kelly Spivey (12-10 in 3rd season).
LAST MEETING: 2009. West Carroll defeated South Fulton, 36-27.
SERIES RECORD — West Carroll leads, 11-9.
KEY PLAYERS: West Carroll — WB/DB Andrew Wainscott, TE/DE Brandon Newman, OL/DL Codie Newsome, QB Jamal Glenn, FB Carson Suite. South Fulton — QB JaQuay Garmon, RBs J.P. Fowler and Chance Barnes, LB/RB Cody Tatum and Will Kneuppel, WR Khiry Lewis.
OUTLOOK: The loss of wingback Bracey Miles (moved to Giles County) further depleted a backfield already void of all other starters after a big graduation last spring. SF will have a huge advantage speed-wise and is coming off a solid performance in the Lexington Jamboree. The overall health of the Redmen is an issue, as South Fulton dressed just 19 players last week due to a variety of injuries. Barnes (staph infection) was cleared to play on Thursday.
Fulton City at Gleason
PLACE, TIME: Parks-Edwards Field, 7:30 p.m.
2010 RECORDS: Fulton City 0-1; Gleason 0-0.
COACHES (RECORDS): Fulton City: Brad Rozzell (0-1 in 1st season); Gleason: Noah Lampkins (30-55 in 9th season).
LAST MEETING: 2009. Gleason won, 50-0.
KEY PLAYERS: Fulton City — RB/S Rondell Bransford, WR/S Adam Hamrick, FB/LB Bubba Kirby, QB Mason Garland. Gleason — QB Conner Verdell, FB/DT James Owens, RB/CB Dalton Teeter, RB Hunter Morris, DE Gabe Lowrance.
OUTLOOK: Fulton City at least got its opening night jitters out of the way last week. The Kentucky ’Dawgs were down 27-0 after the first period to LC, though, and managed just over 100 yards of total offense in a contest that had a continuously-running clock after the Falcons’ opening onslaught and a lightning delay. Gleason should be much more of a bruising team than in the last few years, and Owens will be a load between the tackles. Verdell now has a year’s worth of experience under his belt as a starter and will have an expanded role at QB. Teeter played his jayvee ball in Obion County at Lake Road and should be a big-play threat on the edge.