The calendar year of 2020 has not been kind to the world, our state or sports… but it’s Friday and in our neck of the woods we still have football. That’s reason enough to get pumped up. So let’s take a look at the mouth-watering matchups on the docket this week.
First up we have the Festus Tigers making the short trek up I-55 to take on the Windsor Owls. The new-look Tigers have been a force to be reckoned with to start the season. A potent offense that has totaled 83 points in the first two games has them off to a perfect start, and has produced a hungry squad ready to continue that trend against Windsor.
On the flip side, the Owls are 1-1 after coming out on top in a defensive nail-biter with Herculaneum (16-12) before getting blown out by Perryville 38-18. They’re hoping the former shows up against the powerhouse Tigers tonight.
Next up the Cape Central Tigers make their way to Hillsboro to take on the Hawks. The Tigers have only played one game this season, but it was a memorable one as they trounced St. Charles West 42-14. They totaled over 430 yards, including 265 on the ground, so the Hawks have their work cut out for them.
Speaking of the Hawks, they have had a tough start to the season, going 0-2 after squaring off with Northwest and Jackson. A tough 37-27 loss to Northwest was followed up by a 55-14 defeat at the hands of the Indians. They’ll look to right the ship in their first home game of the season.
Also in the fold is the tilt that pits the Jefferson R7 Blue Jays against the Herculaneum Black Cats. The Blue Jays blasted Fredericktown 41-6 in week one, but followed that up with a tough 37-21 loss to Cuba the following week. They need a big showing in their first conference game tonight.
As for Herculaneum they took a tough loss in a defensive showdown with Windsor (falling 16-12) before getting blown out by Duchesne 64-16. Figuring out which defense will show up under the Friday night lights will likely tell the tale of their bout with the Jays.
Finally we have the St. Genevieve Dragons taking on the Kennett Indians. The Dragons have had a tough road to hoe this season, dropping their first two games to Festus (41-13) and Valle (42-7). Convincing losses make this team the likely underdog against Kennett, but they are a determined young bunch and are looking to make a splash. They have the ability to surprise.
Kennett, on the other hand, is a powerhouse. They embarrassed Malden 64-8 and then rolled over Doniphan 53-7. In their third non-conference game to start the season they are looking to keep that trend going.
Grab your mask and a hot dog. Kickoff is at 7pm.