'Hounds to battle for first place in I-70

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Sweet Springs (4-2, 3-0) at Crest Ridge Cougars (4-2, 3-0)

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Head Coach:

Thomas Hotmer (1st yr.)

Conference: I-70

District: Class 1, District 4

2018 Record: 5-5, 5-1 (2nd)

Players to watch:

Offense - 11 Will Taylor, Jr., QB

Defense - 76 Jaron Terry, Jr., DT

Last Meeting: 2018

Crest Ridge 27, at 'Hounds 6

Last Playoffs: 2017 District 4

Cougars 40, at Windsor 28 (semi)

at Lincoln 20, Cougars 0 (final)

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Friday at Centerview, 7

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Quick Take: Although each team will still have two I-70 Conference games remaining, the top of the standings are at stake Friday when the Greyhounds travel to Crest Ridge. The Cougars were second in the league a year ago and have responded well to their new head coach, and adjusted to life without senior Blayne McMillin, their injured all-conference middle linebacker. It's been 10 years since Sweet Springs won this annual match-up, but it hasn't been better poised for that than now.

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Slater (6-0) vs. Lighthouse Chargers (6-0)

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Head Coach:

Rian Bess (5th yr.)

Conference: Independent

District: Class 1, District 5

2018 Record: 6-2

Players to watch:

Offense - 2 Colby Fields, Sr., QB

Defense - 17 Noah Miller, Sr., FS

Last Meeting: none

Last Playoffs: none

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Friday at Slater, 7

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Quick Take: Usually scheduling a home-school opponent is an automatic win for a MSHSAA squad, but the Wildcats will be tested Friday when Lighthouse Christian Academy of Springfield arrives. The Chargers are ranked second in the National Homeschool Football Association, reaching its national championship game four times in the last six years - winning twice during that span and five overall. Lighthouse has out-scored its foes 262-113 behind the arm of senior quarterback Colby Fields, who last year threw for 3,840 yards and 46 touchdowns.

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Santa Fe (2-4) at Lincoln Cardinals (6-0)

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Head Coach:

Kevin LaFavor (2nd yr.)

Conference: Kaysinger

District: Class 1, District 3

2018 Record: 13-2, 3-0 (1st)

Players to watch:

Offense - 10 Jackson Beaman, Sr., QB

Defense - 55 Tanner Bays, Sr., DT

Last Meeting: 2018

Lincoln 49, at Chiefs 0

Last Playoffs: 2018 District 3

at Cardinals 14, Cole Camp 0 (semi)

at Cardinals 27, Midway 0 (final)

MSHSAA Class 1

at Cardinals 38, Adrian 14 (quarter)

Cardinals 14, at Mid-Buchanan 14 (semi)

Hayti 44, Cardinals 0 (final)

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Friday at Lincoln, 7

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Quick Take: Top-ranked Lincoln will be a considerable challenge for the young, but improving, Chiefs, who lost this match-up by a 49-0 score a year ago. The Cardinals reached the Show-Me Bowl last year, falling to Haiti (44-0), and are contenders again this season behind a roster of talented players - like senior quarterback Jackson Beaman, who has a combined 2,207 yards and 36 TDs passing and running.

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