Travels to Salisbury tonight for 2018 Missouri high school week seven action with share of conference lead after Westran loss last week
From one Tigers to another, “Thanks.”
The Marceline High School football Tigers return to the gridiron tonight at woeful Salisbury back in control of their own Lewis and Clark Conference championship destiny, courtesy to last week’s unexpected 38-21 Scotland County Tigers victory over previous league frontrunner Westran.
With that result, Marceline, Westran, and Fayette now all sport one conference loss with three games to go. Fayette, at this point, looks very likely to finish with only that one L&C defeat and, if it does so, will be at worst co-champion with one of the other two. Marceline and Westran will clash next week at MHS’ Chester Ray Stadium.
Tonight’s other games for C-T-area pigskin squads are topped by the last couple of 2018 Homecoming tilts – Hamilton welcoming West Platte for its and Brookfield hosting Macon.
Other 11-man action will have Trenton at South Harrison, Carrollton welcoming Lexington, and Polo at Putnam County.
The 8-man slate this week finds Southwest Livingston’s co-op with Tina-Avalon and Hale, in its last home action of the regular season, taking on Rock Port, and Braymer, which co-ops with Breckenridge, likely in its overall 2018 home finale as King City/Union Star comes to town.
In the Midland Empire Conference, where the “big game” likely is a week away when Savannah hosts Maryville in the battle of current co-leaders, MHS’ Spoofhounds will have their Homecoming against St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond, St. Joseph: Lafayette at Cameron, and Kansas City: St. Pius X also in Homecoming mode as St. Joseph: Benton visits.
Southwest Livingston’s Wildcats struggled against Rock Port last year, but the Blue Jays (4-2) have lost their last two, 66-20 to King City/Union Star last week and 44-28 to East Atchison (Tarkio/Fairfax) the week before. With Southwest Livingston (5-1, 5-1 conf.0 having fallen to East Atchison by 10 in the season opener, the expectation is tonight’s clash at Ludlow should be a close one and perhaps not decided until the final whistle.
Braymer/Breckenridge, one of two winless area squads, will see how it measures up against the less-formidable than usual Wildkats of King City/Union Star (3-3). BHS’ Bobcats have perked up offensively of late and would like to at least give the Wildkats some trouble in order to extend the bit of positive momentum they have into next week’s game at St. Joseph Christian, which might be the Bobcats’ best opportunity to win this fall.
Marceline’s assignment tonight should be easy as Salisbury (1-5) is in lean times on the gridiron. The biggest worry the Tigers (5-1, 4-1 conf.) might have is coming away healthy for next week’s league make-or-break clash with Westran.
Hamilton (4-2, 2-2 conf.) hopes to alter its 2018 pattern of results as West Platte comes to town. The Hornets won their first two games of the year, then lost two before winning the most-recent pair. They should be able to make it three victories in a row this time as West Platte (1-5) has not won since week one.
Polo’s search for a triumph takes it all the way to Unionville to go against Putnam County’s Midgets (1-5). For a second time this fall, PHS’ Panthers (0-6, 0-4 conf.) were ever so close to victory No. 1 for rookie head coach Reid Stephens of Chillicothe last week, only to have Maysville/Winston score the winning touchdown with less than two minutes remaining.
Facing Putnam County on the road provides a possibility for Polo to prevail, but the Midgets have been competitive in most of their Grand River Conference-East games, just never victorious. They’ve lost five in a row since opening the season with a victory over still-winless St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond.
Brookfield (1-5, 1-3 conf.) got in the “wins” column decisively at Ewing: Highland last week, but this week’s Clarence Cannon Conference contest will be far more rigorous. Macon’s Tigers (4-2, 3-1 conf.) opened 2018 with four wins in succession before falling to Moberly two weeks back and to last year’s Class 2 state runnerup Clark County by only four at home last week.
Trenton (1-5, 1-3 conf.), like Brookfield in search of win No. 2 on the season, will roll west to Bethany to tangle with South Harrison’s Bulldogs (4-2). South Harrison might be ripe for a bit of an emotional letdown in the wake of its 23-22 loss to long-time GRC rival Gallatin last week, but THS has its own disappointment to deal with after leading undefeated Milan at halftime last Friday before being shut out in the second half and losing 43-22.
Carrollton (3-3, 1-1 conf.), under first-year coach and 1990s Chillicothe High alumnus Scott Finley, is at .500 this far into a season for the first time in a number of years. However, the final third of its 2018 regular-season schedule is a tough one, beginning with tonight’s clash with Lexington (5-1). Beyond that are games with the only team to have defeated Lexington – Holden on the road – and finally Higginsville at home. Despite being only 3-3 on the season, Higginsville currently leads the Missouri River Valley-East early on at 2-0 after knocking off Holden last week while Lexington was giving Knob Noster its first defeat.
Tonight’s Midland Empire Conference slate for week six offers up, as its most-intriguing game and one of particular interest to Chillicothe, Benton’s visit to St. Pius X.
SPX’s Warriors (4-2, 3-1) haven’t been overwhelming, but they have prospered in their close games in their first year in the league. Benton (1-5, 1-3 conf.) views this not only as a “breakthrough” opportunity in coach Kevin Keaton’s first year at the helm, but a chance to make a late-season push that might take it all the way to the No. 3 spot in the final Class 3 District 8 ratings. If the Kansas Citians prevail, they’ll take a huge step toward clinching the No. 3 district spot.
Otherwise, a couple of blowouts seem likely to occur in league play tonight as Maryville (5-1, 4-0) hosts Bishop LeBlond (0-6, 0-4) and Lafayette (5-1, 3-1) calling on fading Cameron (2-4, 0-4), which actually had some good offensive moments in last week’s 77-20 loss at Savannah.