Chiefs look to snap I-70 skid
Lone Jack (0-3, 0-2) at Santa Fe (1-2, 0-2)
ALMA -- First-year Santa Fe head coach Alex McClafferty will go up against a mentor Friday during an I-70 Conference home contest against Lone Jack. Mules head coach Jason Fenstermaker was an assistant coach at Blue Springs South while McClafferty played there.
The Chiefs have more at stake than their coach's pride, though. They've dropped their first two league contests, against Crest Ridge (28-6) and Wellington-Napoleon (46-26). With only five seniors on the roster, Lone Jack has lost all three games it has played -- including I-70 tilts against the same two teams that defeated Santa Fe, by an even more lopsided 118-32 margin.
The Mules main threat is sophomore slotback Cutter Hurlock, who leads the team with 367 all-purpose yards -- including 13 receptions for four touchdowns.
Slater (0-3) at Missouri Military (0-3)
SLATER -- After facing fifth-ranked Lincoln, Slater gets a break in the schedule Friday when it heads to Mexico to meet winless Missouri Military Academy.
The Wildcats, of course, can't take any opponent for granted -- as their 41-6 home loss to the Colonels a year ago attests. However, MMA won four games last season and thus far has been beaten by a cumulative 125-7.
The Colonels, under first-year head coach Mitchell Jenkins, have plenty of seniors -- although not all have commensurate experience. Senior Pedro De Rosa operates a balanced attack with his attempted 38 passes and run the ball 47 times -- led by junior Matt Thibodeaux's 62 yards. Their lone score this season came on senior Francisco Fletes' 65-yard kick return against Van-Far.
Sweet Springs (2-1) at Chaffee (2-1)
SWEET SPRINGS -- Two teams that seek validation to their solid starts clash Saturday in the Missouri Delta as Sweet Springs makes the trek to Chaffee.
The Red Devils would like to know where they stand under new head coach Terry Flanagan. After a convincing 48-0 victory over Crystal City and 38-32 overtime decision against Portageville, Chaffee ran up against a powerhouse in No.6 Hayti and suffered a 49-9 loss.
Although one never knows what surprises to expect, it would be out of character for the Red Devils to put the ball in the air out of their double-slow offense. In their two victories, junior quarterback Landon Tenkhoff and junior slot Dalton Wilson each rushed for 100 yards, including 358 yards and five touchdowns in 35 carries between them in the second game.