KRCG's Mid-Missouri H.S. Football
Prep Power Poll, game predictions
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Sept. 20, 2016
BIG SCHOOLS (Classes 4-6)
1. BATTLE (5-0)
State rank: Class 5, ranked No. 2
Last week: Beat Helias 64-29
This week: at Hickman (0-5)
Prediction: Battle 62, Hickman 15
The Spartans have scored an eye-popping 119 points in their last two games --- and what quarterback Brevinn Tyler has done is even more eye-popping. In just those two games, he's accounted for 875 total yards (503 passing, 372 rushing) and 13 touchdowns (six passing, seven rushing). Simply amazing. That would be considered a really good season for most players, if not a career. ... Battle can almost name the score against struggling Hickman, which has lost 17 straight and 25 of 26. ... The Spartans beat the Kewpies 64-6 last year.
2. JEFFERSON CITY (4-1)
State rank: Class 6, ranked No. 5
Last week: Beat SLUH 26-0
This week: vs. Rock Bridge (1-4)
Prediction: Jefferson City 49, Rock Bridge 17
The Jays are coming off one of the best wins in Ted LePage's 10 years at the helm, an offensively-efficient and defensively-dominating shutout of SLUH, which was ranked in the Top 10 at the time. Jefferson City was hammered 54-14 by Har-Ber the week before the big bounce-back win against a worthy opponent. ... After giving up a staggering 583 yards rushing to Har-Ber, the Jays limited the Jr. Billikens to only 110 last week. ... Rock Bridge is coming off its first win of the season, a 48-21 win over rival Hickman. ... Three of the Bruins' four losses have been to ranked teams, Rockhurst and Lee's Summit in Class 6, and Battle in Class 5. ... The Jays beat the Bruins twice last season, 31-21 in the regular season and 31-14 in the first round of districts.
3. CAMDENTON (3-2)
State rank: Class 4, NR
Last week: Beat Parkview 48-8
This week: at Rolla (1-4)
Prediction: Camdenton 43, Rolla 15
The Lakers had an 82-point turnaround in their last two outings, losing to Kickapoo by 42 and beating Parkview by 40. ... Camdenton had 386 total yards in the win over Parkview, 261 on the ground. Jay Griffin led the ground attack with 134 yards and two touchdowns to help the Lakers celebrate Homecoming. ... Rolla is coming off its first win of the season, a 42-16 victory over Brad Drehle's winless Waynesville Tigers. ... Camdenton has won eight straight against Rolla, including 43-15 last year.
4. HELIAS (2-3)
State rank: Class 4, NR
Last week: Lost 64-29 to Battle
This week: vs. Father Tolton (1-4)
Prediction: Helias 41, Tolton 19
It's certainly been a rollercoaster ride for Helias the past three weeks, losing by 31 points, winning by 38, then losing by 35. In the two losses, the Crusaders gave up 115 points; in the win, they scored 52. ... Helias rolled up 398 yards of total offense in the loss to Battle, but surrendered 524. The Crusaders were within one score midway through the third quarter, at 36-29, before the Spartans scored the game's final 28 points. ... This is the third of four straight games for Helias against Columbia schools (including current record) --- Hickman (0-5), Battle (5-0), Father Tolton (1-4) and then Rock Bridge (1-4). ... This the first meeting between Helias and Tolton.
5. SMITH-COTTON (3-2)
State rank: Class 4, NR
Last week: Beat Nevada 31-13
This week: at O'Hara (2-3)
Prediction: Smith-Cotton 26, O'Hara 21
It's difficult to get good read on Smith-Cotton. The Tigers are very close to being 5-0, if not for two one-point losses --- one of those in overtime. But those two teams are 2-6 in their other games, and the Tigers have beaten three teams that are a combined 2-13. ... Smith-Cotton celebrated Homecoming with its win over Nevada, as Jaden Kendrick rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown and also threw for a score. ... This is the first of three straight road games for the Tigers.
SMALL SCHOOLS (Classes 1-3)
1. BLAIR OAKS (5-0)
State rank: Class 3, second
Last week: Beat Hallsville 61-20
This week: at Southern Boone (4-1)
Prediction: Blair Oaks 48, Southern Boone 15
To say Blair Oaks has been dominant in its last three games would be an understatement, indeed. While outscoring their opponents 139-27, the Falcons have outgained them by a hard-to-believe 1,256 yards to 199. ... The Falcons left no doubt it would be a happy Homecoming last week, as it busted open a 31-point halftime lead on Hallsville and led 61-14 after three quarters. ... The Falcons have won 16 straight in the regular season and are 14-0 in such games under second-year head coach Terry Walker. ... Southern Boone was within 22-17 of state-ranked Osage entering the fourth quarter last week, before the Indians scored the game's final 10 points in their 32-17 win. ... Blair Oaks blasted Southern Boone 61-26 last year.
2. OSAGE (5-0)
State rank: Class 3, ranked No. 10
Last week: Beat Southern Boone 32-17
This week: vs. Versailles (3-2)
Prediction: Osage 38, Versailles 13
Senior Jason Edwards had a remarkable night in the Indians' win over Southern Boone last week --- he returned two interceptions for touchdowns, he caught a touchdown pass and also kicked two field goals. ... This might be considered a trap game for the Indians --- big game last week, Homecoming and all of its distractions this week, and at Blair Oaks next week in a game that will decide the Tri-County Conference championship. ... Versailles has won three games this season, matching its season total from last season. In the three seasons prior to last year, 2012-14, the Tigers won a total of three games. ... Osage beat Versailles 42-6 last year.
3. CENTRALIA (5-0)
State rank: Class 2, ranked No. 3
Last week: Beat South Shelby 45-0
This week: at Mexico (3-2), ranked No. 9 Class 3
Prediction: Centralia 21, Mexico 20
This appears to be the best matchup in the area Friday night as the Panthers meet the Bulldogs. Centralia is rolling, winning its five games by a whopping 209-19, with three shutouts in their last four games. Mexico's only losses have been to a good Hannibal team by one point and a very good Battle team in the season opener. ... Mexico is coming off a 28-7 win over Barry Blank's Boonville Pirates (1-4), who avoided the shutout in the final two minutes. Michael White rushed for 156 yards and two touchdowns for the winners. ... Mexico won last year's meeting with Centralia, 27-0.
4. SOUTH CALLAWAY (5-0)
State rank: Class 2, NR
Last week: Beat Montgomery County 26-6
This week: at Mark Twain (3-2)
Prediction: South Callaway 34, Mark Twain 13
The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 185-41 and have allowed just 26 points in the their last four games. ... South Callaway rushed for 321 yards in its win last week, with junior Kaden Helsel leading the way with 96 yards and a touchdown. Bennett Hager added two scores for the winners. ... Mark Twain is coming off a 40-7 win over Bowling Green. ... The Bulldogs and Tigers have had three common opponents --- the Bulldogs beat Milan (39-0), Wright City (46-6) and North Callaway (36-14); the Tigers beat Milan (25-14) and Wright City (57-14), but lost to North Cal (26-16). ... Mark Twain topped South Cal 18-7 last year.
5. OWENSVILLE (5-0)
State rank: Class 3, NR
Last week: Beat Hermann 45-44
This week: at Pacific (0-5)
Prediction: Owensville 61, Pacific 6
The Dutchmen won a wild one over the Bearcats last week, handing Hermann its first loss of the season. ... Owensville has scored 226 points this season, an average of 45.2 per game. ... In Week 4, the Dutchmen blanked St. James 41-0 to record the school's first shutout in 10 years. They've given up 115 points in their other four games. ... The 2015 game between Owensville and St. James was a crazy one, as the Dutchmen fell 64-58 in three overtimes. But in 2011, the same teams play a NON-overtime game won by Owensville, 80-75. No, really, 80-75. ... Owensville went 4-6 last year and hasn't had a winning season since 2010.
Gunnar See (1) and the Jefferson City Jays --- who are coming off an impressive 26-0 win over SLUH --- will host Rock Bridge for Homecoming on Friday night at Adkins Stadium.