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Semoball football poll: Sikeston regains top spotPosted Sunday, September 15, 2013, at 12:22 AM
This poll is voted on by reporters, radio broadcasters and football fanatics around the region. It runs on the Sunday Audibles page in the Missourian each week.
1. SIKESTON (3-0, 22 points): Sikeston, which slipped to No. 2 a week ago, regained the top spot after a 34-0 win against Dexter. The Bulldogs have yet to give up a touchdown on defense this season and will face Farmington and Poplar Bluff the next two weeks before a showdown on the road against Jackson.
2. JACKSON (2-1, 21 points): Jackson overcame a slow start and eventually pulled away from Farmington for a 38-7 victory on Friday. The biggest question surrounding the Indians is the health of running backs Colten Proffer and Garrett Miller. Proffer rested this week while Miller played on defense but was limited to five carries on offense, which he made the most of by gaining 106 yards.
3. CAPE CENTRAL (1-2, 17 points): There was a lot of talk about the strength of Central's schedule while the Tigers started the season 0-2, and at least some of that talk seems warranted after the Tigers routed previously unbeaten Poplar Bluff on Friday night -- even without starting running back Mikey Jones. As a result, Central moved up two spots in the rankings this week. Fort Zumwalt East visits Central next week before the Tigers head to the home of rival Jackson the following week.
4. CARUTHERSVILLE (2-1, 9 points): Caruthersville dominated the fourth quarter in its 26-18 victory over Charleston on Friday night after the teams were separated by a single score for the first three quarters. The Tigers will be big favorites in their contest at Dexter next week before a visit to New Madrid County Central.
5. POPLAR BLUFF (2-1, 4 points): Poplar Bluff tumbled from third to fifth in the rankings after its loss at Central, and things won't get any easier for the Mules anytime soon as they host Jackson and Sikeston the next two weeks. Chaffee, which improved to 3-0 on Friday, made its case for a spot in the rankings this week and earned two points. A victory against Portageville next week could earn the Red Devils a spot.
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Rachel Crader is the editor of semoball.com. She graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in May of 2009 before spending the summer covering the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
Highlights from Rachel's days in college include having a class down the hall from Chase Daniel and having NCAA wrestling champion Ben Askren hold the door open for her at Brady Commons, Mizzou's student center. She spent time covering Mizzou basketball, softball and baseball while working for the Columbia Missourian and is excited to return home to Southeast Missouri to cover local sports for semoball.com.
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