Brookfield could have best chance of area's, Midland Empire Conference's four winless teams to taste victory tonight (Friday, Sept.. 21)
By PAUL STURM, C-T Sports Editor
The middle games of Missouri high school football’s 2018 regular season will be played tonight and tomorrow with rain and storms possible problems around the C-T area again after a 1-week respite.
Thanks to turnover-prone Southwest Livingston falling to Mound City/Craig, Fayette’s victory over Marceline, and Savannah’s savaging of St. Joseph: Lafayette last week, there is nary an undefeated team among the eight C-T coverage area programs or the Midland Empire Conference.
On the flip side, however, there still are four winless squads within those two groups – area teams Braymer, Brookfield, and Polo and MEC member St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond.
While Polo has its Homecoming against Gallatin tonight, Braymer and Bishop LeBlond will be on the road at their nearest foes – Norborne/Hardin-Central and St. Joseph: Lafayette, respectively. Brookfield will welcome Centralia.
The prime clashes on the area or MEC slate project to be the Brookfield-Centralia Clarence Cannon Conference contest and Carrollton putting its 2-games winning streak on the line on Homecoming against Knob Noster.
The Southwest Livingston/Hale/Tina-Avalon co-op Wildcats cratered early last week when they did not hold onto the ball and undefeated Mound City/Craig exploited those gifts.
Tonight, the Wildcats (3-1, 3-1 conf.) continue Highway 275 Conference action with a visit to Stewartsville/Osborn. If SLHS keeps a grip on the ball better, its potent offense looks to be more than enough to power it past the Cardinals.
The other 8-man program in the area, Braymer/Breckenridge’s co-op, will travel the county blacktops south to Norborne to meet the Aggies in another non-conference outing that might be the first of consecutive outings against teams with which the Bobcats (0-4) could be competitive.
On the 11-man side of prep pigskin play around the area, Trenton (1-3, 1-1 conf.) got victory No. 1 last week by handling Putnam County efficiently and the Bulldogs have a chance to make it two in a row as they make the short trip north to Princeton to take on the Tigers in another Grand River Conference-East outing.
Also in the GRC-E, Polo’s Homecoming challenge will be a rigorous one as Gallatin’s Bulldogs provide the opposition. PHS’ Panthers (0-4, 0-2 conf.) gained just a bit of offensive traction in last week’s 52-14 loss to South Harrison, but Gallatin’s defense figures to be more resistant.
Brookfield’s Bulldogs (0-4, 0-2 conf.) get back into CCC action after a 2-weeks hiatus. In Centralia, they’ll meet a team which may be more vulnerable than in many years and certainly will present a more-conventional attack to defend than the single-wing look undefeated Lexington used effectively last Friday.
Hamilton is licking its wounds after the shocking 78-6 shredding inflicted by Lathrop last week. The Hornets (2-2, 0-2 conf.) hope to rebound and pick up their initial KCI Conference triumph of the season as they call on Mid-Buchanan.
Carrollton’s Trojans (2-2) have exploited a pair of Class 1 teams of limited 2018 capability the last two weeks, but will have to upgrade their play to get off on the right foot in Missouri River Valley Conference-East action. Knob Noster’s Panthers are perfect thus far and have scored at least 44 points in their victories over Versailles, Warsaw, Centerview: Crest Ridge, and Tipton.
Marceline (3-1, 2-1 conf.) should bounce back easily from its defeat at Fayette. It goes to Paris, where the Coyotes are at .500, but were shut out the last two weeks by teams the Tigers already have handled by 30-plus points.
In the Midland Empire Conference, the three games besides Chillicothe’s don’t offer much hope of drama or a close finish.
League unbeatens Maryville (3-1, 2-0 conf.) and Savannah (2-2, 2-0 conf.) are on the road, with MHS’ Spoofhounds at Cameron (2-2, 0-2 conf.) and the sizzling Savages, producers of a whopping 148 points in two league starts, call on St. Joseph: Benton (1-3, 1-1 conf.).
Lafayette (3-1, 1-1 conf.) should recover nicely from its surprising blowout loss to Savannah when it hosts Bishop LeBlond’s scant squad. The Golden Eagles (0-4, 0-2 conf.) do have scoring consistency on their side thus far, having scored 12 points in each of their first two games and 14 each in the last two.