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Week 6 early look…

WEEK 6 early look….

East Prairie (1-4, 0-2) will get a chance to rebound this week as Homecoming rolls around with the Chaffee Red Devils (3-2, 1-2 ) in town. The Eagles got an up close and personal look at a 2A state playoff contender and a high-level passing game, so Ep will have experience with what the Red Devils will be doing offensively.

And, playing at home in front of a pumped Homecoming Eagle crowd, the freshman and sophomores that are the key to the rebuilding have an opportunity to shine. This ought to be an interesting game. Chaffee is not the Red Devils of old…

East Prairie offensive coordinator Gary Scott via FACEBOOK said the preperations are going as expected with the all festivities associated with Homecoming.

“Just hope we bounce back in front of the home crowd this week. We r in desperate need of a victory!  No doubt kids will play hard. This is a pretty good Chaffee team.  Just a little worried about youth getting caught up in homecoming and forgetting about the game. We have got to be focused all week and practice like we want to win. Hopefully we can get it going this week and continue on into districts.  Nobody coming off DL”

No coach likes Homecoming week; fun for the kids, not so much on coaches who want teenagers to focus – a tough enough thing in iteself – with all the circus surrounding the game….

TRUE STORY: my senior year (1977) during Homecoming; it was halftime; we were playing Doniphan, trailing 6-0 and getting a stout chewin’ by Coach Minner; while a torrential downpour belted the Prairie…; during the crowning of the Queen a strong gust of wind blew the back of the float down on the contestants; no serious injuries; we came out of the lockerrom fired up and Todd Marshall scored on the first drive of the second half and added the two point conversion and we hung on for an 8-7 tough fought Homecoming victory…

In 2011, only Hayti (26-6 in week 3) and arch-rival Scott City 40-26 last
Friday have beaten the Devils. They have been impressive in their three wins on the season starting the season with a 42-7 win over Grandview and followed that up with a 47-17  thumping of SEMO South foe Portageville; Chaffee also topped St. Pius 39-7 in week 4.

Leading the Red Devils attack will be quarterback Jordan Yahn who was 11 of 16 for 130 yards in the loss to Scott City. His targets will be Zack Dannenmueller and Montgomery. Tyson Estes leads the rushing attack, he gained 137 yards on 25 carries last week.

GAME PICK: EP  22  CHAFFEE   20

In a game in which the offense never got on track, Charleston (2-3, 0-2) fell to Hayti (4-1, 3-0) in Week 5. Two late fourth quarter TDs made the final margin 28-0; but the Blue Jays battled to the end setting the stage for a key SEMO Central Conference matchup with the Dexter (4-1, 0-0) Friday night at John Harris Marshall Athletic Complex.

Dexter coach Aaron Pixley is well aware of the difference in the team the Blue Jays are fielding this year under second year Charleston coach Brett Blackman.

“I think (Charleston) is program that’s turning it arround..they definetely  got excellent athletes. They’ve really impressed me on film.”

“Charleston is faster than we are in spots; they’re a very dangerous team…I feel like their a good football team and I feel like we’ll have to play better than them to beat them.”

Dual threat quarterback Cody Stevens operates behind a team strength in the offensive line. Running backs Josh Overall and Nick Summers give Dexter the ability to run the ball as well as throw.

Receiving threats for the Bearcats  include Jake Lee and Tyler Miller.

Stevens, is the son of former Bearcat Nate Stevens – also a teammate of Pixley’s in the late 80’s – and is known as a hard nose player.

“Oh yeah, very much so,” said Pixley when asked if the son played like the father. “If you’re gonna play quarterback for us you better be tough and hard-nosed. In our offense, he not only throws, he runs and hammers it in there (inside); he does a good job with that.”

“Our line has been playing well of late,” Pixley continued, “defensively, we’ve got to do a better job of not giving up big plays and Charleston has the kind of team that can do just that. That will be a big task of ours, preventing the big play and taking nothing for granted; take care of the ball. Football 101.”

Game time is 7 p.m. at John Harris Marshall Athletic Complex.

GAME PICK:  Charleston 32  Dexter 28

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