Kelly fumbles 7 times in 1st Half
Charleston V Sikeston #131
First game jitters are over. The Kelly Hawks entrance into the East Division of the SEMO conference was a disaster as Ep could do no wrong and the Hawks could not get off the ground. The Blue Jays gave Sikeston a fight in the first quarter before the Dawgs pulled away.
East Prairie 59 Kelly 0
That was the score at halftime as the Eagles took the first play (and second) from scrimmage to the house on the way to the rout. Eagles second team players were on the field in the 2nd quarter as Ep Coach Chad Jamerson pulled back out of respect for the fledgling Hawks program.
Jamerson noted on the KYMO 105.3 post game show that he knows what it feels like to be down and did not want to do further damage to Kelly. He also was already well aware of the challenge the Eagles will face in Week 2 with a long road trip to Festus (1-0; beat Caboool 26-24) to face new District foe Jefferson.
Big plays by the Eagles dynamic play-makers Jones and Tipler gave the Eagles the early head start with no looking back. The defense, which is presumed the Ep strong suit this season, was aggressive and smart forcing 7 Kelly fumbles in the first half. The #EpO took advantage of the turnovers.
While not rolling up big numbers, Tipler scored the first two times he touched the ball and Jones was just as lethal with a punt return for a TD on his first touch and a follow up second quarter TD for good measure. The Eagles offensive line, minus injured stalwart Nathan Owens, was led by Senior Chad Housman and Mason Tidwell provide plenty of open space for the Eagle play makers on first and the second team units. The back up Eagles got plenty of game action as Jamerson began substituting freely during the second period.
While being remissful for not being able to play his starters longer, the 5th year Eagles head coach, known for his humble nature, pulled the numbers 1’s in a move that is to be applauded widely in SEMO coaching circles ~ and beyond.
Week 2, however, for the Eagles will be a stark contrast. Jefferson, who went 8-4 last season, opened the year with a 26-24 W at Cabool and bring Arkansas prospect Shane Clenin to the game.
The challenge will be waiting for the Eagles Friday night. Will they be up to the tough early season test.
Sikeston 52 Charleston 0
While the first team was fresh and the legs willing, Charleston’s Blue Jays competed against Sikeston trailing only 8-0 at the end of the first quarter. 36-second quarter points spoiled the opener at John Harris Marshall Athletic Complex for the Jays who now seek to register win #1 of the season at Hayti.(1-0) Charleston is currently on a 22-game skid dating back to 2013, the longest in school history, and hope is that it gets turned around Friday. The Jays have now dropped 10 games in succession to the Dawgs; including 17 of the last 20.
Malden 66 NMCC 12
The Greenwave served notice there isn’t a great deal of drop off from last year’s 2nd place 2A squad thumping the Eagles 66-12.
Carutehrsville 54 Portageville 7
Don’t overlook the Tigers in Class 2A District 1 play this. Playing the out-manned Bulldogs for the first time in 5 years, Caruthersville put 54 on the board at Jim McKay Memorial Field Friday night.
Mountain View 39 Cape Central 20
Chaffee 36 Crystal City 19
Kennett 57 Fredricktown 10
Jackson 42 Hickman 7
Ste. Genevieve 35 Dexter 6
Hayti 26 Thayer 0
Jefferson 26 Cabool 24
Scott City 46 Grandview 7
Week 2 Schedule
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