Malden hires Superintendent Jeff Bullock as head football coach (1/5/21)When Jeff Bullock stepped down as varsity football coach at Portageville in January 2019 to accept the position of Superintendent at Malden he did not expect to return to the gridiron. “When I got out at Portageville a couple years ago I genuinely thought I was finished coaching,” Bullock said. “But there are just some things that are in your blood. I’m really looking forward to getting back into it again.”...
Jackson, Kennett, Hayti have multiple players on media all-state football team (12/27/20)MISSOURI MEDIA ALL-STATE TEAM As selected by a 10-member panel of media members from around the state. Players listed with year, height, weight and school: First Team Offense QB: Javan Noyes, sr., 5-7, 190, Mid-Buchanan ATH: Jayce Haven, sr., 6-1, 190, Thayer...
Poplar Bluff's Hunter Jenkins earns all-state nod from coaches after playing through injury (12/24/20)Hunter Jenkins tore a muscle in his right bicep along with two ligaments making a tackle in the third game of the season. “It was bad,” the Poplar Bluff junior said recently. “The doctors told me I’d be out for the rest of the season.” If he took another shot to the arm it could require surgery, Jenkins said...
Perryville's Evan Daugherty signs with Culver Stockton (12/23/20)Perryville senior quarterback Evan Daugherty signed on Tuesday to play football at Culver Stockton College.
SD DEFENSIVE FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kelly’s Fitzgerald proves that dedication, hard work equal individual and team results (12/23/20)BENTON, Mo. — There weren’t many defensive plays that Kelly senior linebacker Keaton Fitzgerald wasn’t involved in over his four years on the football field. His senior year was no different, as Fitzgerald guided a defense that allowed 12 points per game and pitched four shutouts. The 12 points against was the lowest in program history, and the four shutouts tied for first with the 2018 team...
SD FOOTBALL ALL-AREA DEFENSE: Sikeston, Kelly, East Prairie all earn three selections; NMCC places four (12/23/20)School… New Madrid County Central Grade… Junior Position… Defensive back Favorite place to play… New Madrid County Central Favorite warmup song… “Dead Trollz” - YoungBoy NBA Favorite pregame meal… Chicken Favorite memory from football… When Kenyon got ran over by Shawn Long...
SD OFFENSIVE FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jackson bulldozes his way toward another stellar season for New Madrid County Central (12/22/20)NEW MADRID, Mo. — To say that New Madrid County Central running back Quazavion Jackson had a good career would be an understatement. After a season that saw him rush for 1,378 yards on 178 carries and 23 touchdowns, Jackson earned more than his fair share of accolades...
SD FOOTBALL ALL-AREA OFFENSE: NMCC led the way with four selections (12/22/20)School… New Madrid County Central Grade… Junior Position… Quarterback Favorite place to play… New Madrid County Central Favorite warmup song… Any Youngboy NBA song Favorite pregame meal… Spaghetti Favorite memory from football… First touchdown pass at East Prairie last year...
SEMO recruiting keeps it simple: Find good players from good programs (12/18/20)Veteran Southeast Missouri State football coach Tom Matukewicz had already coached college football for six seasons when the latest Redhawk recruits were born, so he has enough experience in building a roster to know not to complicate the matter too much.
Tollison wins Carr Trophy as Jackson sweeps awards at 75th Gridiron Banquet (12/17/20)POPLAR BLUFF - Jackson teammates stood on the stage as finalists for the coveted Carr Trophy and Derland Moore Award during the 75th Gridiron Banquet at the Black River Coliseum on Wednesday.
Jackson football star brings right mindset to Redhawks (12/17/20)Moments after leading the Jackson High School football team to the 2020 MSHSAA Class 5 state championship earlier this month, senior linebacker Bryce Norman was subdued in his celebration.
SEMO FB coach lands talent despite recruiting obstacles (12/16/20)The success of an athlete or coach achieves in competition always is founded on their ability to adapt.
SEMO FB coaches navigate 'very different' recruiting world (12/15/20)If you think the global pandemic wreaked havoc on your job, try being a recruiting coordinator for a college football program. “Well,” Southeast Missouri State recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach Justin Drudik sighed on Monday, “I mean,” he then took another breath, “it went good but it’s been very different.”
SEMO football lands Jackson defensive standout (12/14/20)Numerous times throughout the 2020 football season, veteran Jackson High School football coach Brent Eckley lauded Indian senior linebacker, Bryce Norman, as “the best linebacker in the state.”
Passion Place: The people of Jackson 'love their sports' (and winning) (12/12/20)It remains unclear as to what the intentions of the late (and oh, so great) Johnny Cash were in heading to “Jackson,” but one thing is for certain if he would have visited the town of that name in Southeast Missouri he had better have been prepared to see something victorious (and to fight traffic on a Friday night).
Daniel Dickerson completes comeback season with championship (12/12/20)Jackson’s football team finished this season at the same place as last season — in the MSHSAA Class 5 State Championship Game. Unlike last year, the Indians completed the job and won their first title in school history. Daniel Dickerson proved to be the difference...
Jackson's 'great players' dominate All-State FB squads (12/11/20)In the moments following his team completing a season that was dominating of all opposition faced, Jackson High School football coach Brent Eckley could have accepted the praise that was coming his way – and with good reason – he deserved all of it and then some. However, in a brutally honest comment, Eckley, who had just guided the Indians to a 42-7 beating of Platte County in the MSHSAA Class 5 State Final, turned the acclaim towards his players.
Jackson senior Rhet Liley comes through pressure-packed week 'really well' (12/11/20)More than likely, last week was the most pressure-packed week of Rhet Liley’s young life and the fact he was competing in the biggest sports moment of his life was only part of the reason for that.
Jackson defensive star offered by SEMO football (12/9/20)The difference between the Jackson football teams through the early seasons under Indian coach Brent Eckley and the 2020 version, which just finished making a mockery of its high school opposition throughout this state, isn’t so much seen on the offensive side of the ball as it was the defensive side.
Finalists named for Carr Trophy, Derland Moore Award (12/9/20)The finalists for the Carr Trophy given to the top player in the SEMO Conference were announced Wednesday, a week before the award will be presented at the 75th annual Gridiron Banquet. Jordan Jarrett of Kennett, Jackson’s Connor Tollison and Cael Welker are up for the award given annually since 1979...
BIG Plays: 5 moments that carried Jackson football into history (12/7/20)JEFFERSON CITY — Jackson dominated Platte County in all three phases of the game in Saturday’s 42-7 victory in the MSHSAA Class 5 Football State Final at Helias Catholic High School. “As a team,” veteran Indian coach Brent Eckley said following the win, “I thought we played really hard (and) I thought we played really physical. We were competitive.”...
Final state football media rankings (12/7/20)MISSOURI MEDIA RANKINGS A look at rankings from a 10-member panel of media members from around the state with current record, points based on votes with first place votes in parentheses and last week’s ranking. Only teams that have played games this season are eligible...
All-SEMO Conference football team (12/7/20)ALL-SEMO CONFERENCE Members of the All-SEMO Conference football team as selected by the conference coaches with a player's school, year, height and weight listed: NORTH OFFENSE QB — Cael Welker, Jackson, sr., 5-11, 185; RB — Daniel Dickerson, Jackson, sr., 5-11, 200;...
Jackson FB Notes: Maturity, work carry Indians to state title (12/6/20)JEFFERSON CITY – Veteran Jackson High School football coach Brent Eckley has enough experience in his profession, and respect for Platte County’s team, to comprehend that Saturday’s MSHSAA Class 5 State Final battle between the Indians and Pirates would be just that: a battle.
Jackson football shows greatness in state championship rout (12/5/20)JEFFERSON CITY – When Brent Eckley took over as the coach of the Jackson football program in 2012, his hiring made an immediate impact on the Indians’ offense, which made a quick impression on the victories achieved.
Platte County is aware of Jackson's offensiveness (12/4/20)Throughout this historic five-year reign of terror by the Jackson football program on high school football teams throughout Southeast Missouri and beyond, the Indians have overwhelmed opponents with their explosiveness offensively. However, that potent production has been ratcheted up to an insane level this fall.
Platte County brings confidence into match-up with Jackson (12/2/20)The Jackson High School football program has run roughshod over every opponent that has stepped on the field this season.
Jackson to face a great, but surprising foe, for state football title (12/1/20)O’FALLON — Jackson football coach Brent Eckley had barely been able to take a breath and enjoy his team’s recent MSHSAA Class 5 Semifinal romp over Fort Zumwalt North when he was already being asked about the next challenge on the Indians’ schedule.
Jackson vs. Platte County Class 5 football final - by the numbers (11/29/20)C5D1 champion Jackson Indians (13-0) meets C5D8 champion Platte County Pirates (12-1) on Saturday, December 5 at 1:00 pm at Ray Hentges Stadium, home field of Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City. The stadium, dedicated in 2017, is named for the retired Hentges, who coached Helias’ Crusaders for 33 years, winning Class 4A state titles under his leadership in 1984 and 1998. Helias is now coached by Chris Hentges, Ray’s son...
Jackson runs to another C5 Final with dominant W (11/28/20)O’FALLON - Fort Zumwalt North came into Friday’s MSHSAA Class 5 Football Semifinal against Jackson having won 11 consecutive games and it did that on the strength of its run game. So, it was no surprise when Panther senior quarterback Jack Newcomb gained 11 yards on his first play from scrimmage.
Column: The greatness of Jackson football is clear to all (11/28/20)O’FALLON - I have been blessed throughout my career to have covered some tremendous high school football programs and athletes. Prior to my arrival in Cape Girardeau, I spent a decade in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where I detailed the Friday night exploits of eight state champions and athletes that ultimately got paid a lot of money to play this game, such as Jaylon Smith, Tyler Eifert, and Drue Tranquill...
The Next Step: Evolving Fort Zumwalt North seeks to topple Jackson (11/27/20)The goal of every coach in every sport is to have their team performing to its potential when the stakes are the highest and in the case of the Fort Zumwalt North football squad, it is doing just that.
Jackson's keys to a W: Pass the test (11/27/20)In the past two seasons, only two teams (Vianney and Carthage) have given Jackson competitive football games and in both instances, those teams beat the Indians.
Jackson returns to state semifinal with the offense of Chiefs (11/25/20)After going to Chaminade and exercising the Red Devils 63-22, the Jackson football squad will return to the MSHSAA Class 5 Semifinal round for the second consecutive season.
Cardinal Ritter outlasts Kennett 45-7 in Class 3 football quarterfinal (11/22/20)ST. LOUIS - Midway into Saturday’s Class 3 state quarterfinal the Kennett Indians football squad looked poised to overtake the Cardinal Ritter Lions. Kennett put together a 68-yard touchdown drive late in the first half to cut a 13-0 Cardinal Ritter lead to 13-7 with 4:19 left in the second quarter and continued to trail by one possession after its defense followed up its first score with a defensive stop near the end of the first half...
Jackson stampedes towards state semifinals (11/21/20)CREVE COUER - In its usual dominating fashion, Jackson marched to Chaminade Collegiate Prep and took care of business with a 63-22 win over the Red Devils on Friday to advance to the MSHAA Class 5 Semifinals for the second straight season.
Kennett hopes to contain prospect-loaded Cardinal Ritter in Class 3 football quarterfinal (11/20/20)Two weeks ago when Kennett Indians football coach Joel Wyatt began preparing for a state playoff game against St. Mary’s the defensive strategy was to try contain a couple of offensive standouts. “With St. Mary’s we were really focussed on containing Coleman and Hendrix,” Wyatt said...
NMCC head coach Fullhart finds success in building his program from the bottom (11/20/20)Building a program takes patience, but it does pay off in the end. That is the case for the New Madrid County Central football team, as it took Tyler Fullhart three years to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. The Eagles finished 1-8 in his first two seasons on the sidelines before winning four games in 2018, six in 2019, and seven last season...
Efficiency is the key for Jackson quarterback Welker (11/18/20)Jackson quarterback Cael Welker led the Indians to the Class 5 state title game last year by amassing 2,852 passing yards, a .593 completion percentage and 40 passing touchdowns and 13 rushing touchdowns. This year the senior might finish the job and cement his place as the best quarterback in school history. The Indians have won 10 or more games in four of their last 10 seasons. Three of them came in the last three seasons with Welker on the helm...
Jackson football wins third straight District title (11/14/20)Jackson defeated Farmington 49-14 on Friday at The Pit to claim the MSHSAA Class 5 District 1 crown for the third straight season and move on to the state quarterfinals.
Kennett football team claims third straight district title with St. Mary's forfeit (11/13/20)The Kennett Indians football team will secure its third straight district championship without ever stepping onto the gridiron Friday night. No. 3 seeded St. Mary’s (St. Louis), who was scheduled to play at No. 1 seeded Kennett in the Class 3, District 1 championship Friday night, informed Kennett they were forfeiting the contest Friday afternoon...
NMCC can’t contain Jefferson ground game in 42-20 district championship game loss (11/13/20)FESTUS, Mo. — Heading into the season, New Madrid County Central set high expectations for a strong returning core of players. They met those goals for the most part, even though it came in a 42-20 loss Friday night at Blue Jay Stadium in Festus. “This is where we intended to be,” NMCC head coach Tyler Fullhart said. “We didn’t get the result that we wanted, but we have a great group of seniors that led the way, and I couldn’t be more proud of this group.”...
Farmington gets that Jackson football is great, but... (11/13/20)Farmington High School football coach Erik Kruppe deals with his young athletes in a brutally honest fashion.
SPORTS DESK CONFIDENTIAL: NMCC continues to soar, and that will continue this week (11/12/20)One S-D area team lives to fight another week. After an impressive 44-0 shutout of East Prairie last week, New Madrid County Central now gears up for Jefferson (Festus) this Friday night. This recent stretch is the best I've seen the Eagles play all season long, and the best I've seen them since I started covering sports down here three years ago...
SD DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW: NMCC looks for another strong performance from its running game in its district title game (11/12/20)NEW MADRID COUNTY CENTRAL VS. JEFFERSON (FESTUS) Records: New Madrid County Central 7-4; Jefferson Festus 7-2 Series History: First Meeting Last Meeting: N/A Last Week: New Madrid County Central beat East Prairie 44-0; Jefferson Festus beat Kelly 40-7...
Hayti football hopes for repeat win against Thayer in C1D1 championship (11/11/20)The Hayti Indians will face a familiar foe when it travels to take on the Thayer Bobcats in the Class 1, District 1 championship Friday. Hayti (10-0) is the only squad to beat Thayer (9-1) in 2020. Hayti beat Thayer 30-28 in Week 1, beat Portageville 58-0 in Week 2, beat Scott City 62-43 in Week 3, did not play in Week 4, beat New Madrid County Central 64-38 in Week 5, beat Charleston 70-6 in Week 6, beat Kelly 32-13 in Week 7, beat Malden 58-6 in Week 8, beat Caruthersville 58-6 in Week 9, beat Malden 82-0 in its district quarterfinal, and beat St. ...
Jackson receiver catches Semoball honor (11/10/20)The Jackson football team will compete for its third consecutive MSHSAA District championship Friday and the play of junior wide receiver Kannen Turley is a big reason why. The Indian pass-catcher made six catches in the first half for 124 yards in a 55-0 win over Poplar Bluff last Friday and for his efforts, he was named this week's Semoball.com Football Player of the Week...
RUNNING AWAY: Jackson rushes for 161 yards and four scores in victory (11/7/20)EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. — It was a long time coming, 11 years to be exact. For the first time since 2009, the New Madrid County Central football team has a chance to play for a district championship after defeating East Prairie, 44-0, Friday night. "Very, very proud," said NMCC head coach Tyler Fullhart after his team advanced to the district finals. ...
Kennett outlasts Ste. Genevieve 47-29 in C3D1 football semifinal (11/7/20)KENNETT - The Kennett Indians football squad fell behind two possessions for the first time in 2020 but still found a way to book a spot in the Class 3, District 1 championship for a third straight season Friday night. No. 1 seeded Kennett built a 27-15 lead by halftime after falling behind 15-0 in the first quarter and hung on to beat the visiting Ste. Genevieve Dragons 47-29 in a Class 3, District 1 semifinal at Metz Cherry Stadium...
Jackson rolls into district final with win over Poplar Bluff (11/7/20)JACKSON — Things were going well for the Poplar Bluff football team early Friday night in the MSHSAA Class 5 District 1 semifinal at The Pit. And then it didn’t. Jackson scored twice in the span of three minutes, on a fourth-and-goal from the 17 and a interception return, and took advantage of four more Poplar Bluff turnovers to beat the Mules 55-0...
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