Portageville at Valle Catholic
Records: Portageville 4-6; Valle Catholic 8-1
Series history: Valle leads 5-0
Last meeting: 2013, Valle won 42-0
Last week: Portageville defeated St. Vincent 35-14; Valle was idle
Notes: These two schools have hooked up just five times in their history and the series has been owned by Valle, who has allowed the Bulldogs just 10 points in those five games. Portageville looks to buck that trend, coming into the game averaging 36.8 points per game. The Bulldogs are led by dual-threat quarterback Ian Torrey. The junior threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns in last week's win against St. Vincent while rushing for 92 yards and another score. Fellow junior Hunter Gates is Torrey's favorite target, catching five passes for 114 yards last week with three scores. Gates also ran the ball five times for 62 yards and a score as running back Lamar Alexander missed the game with a shoulder injury. His status for this week was unknown at press time. Valle, who has played in the last seven Class 1 state championship games, winning five including the last three in-a-row, had a bye last week, allowing the Warriors time to heal some of their injured players. Running back Tristan Huck has seen limited action since injuring an ACL in Week 1 and left the Warrior's last game early after tweeking the injury. Do-everything wide receiver Cole Wood missed the last two games with an ankle injury which also impacted the Warriors defense, kicking game and return game. Wood is expected to be back and is the top target for quarterback Mason Skaggs, who leads an offense averaging 55.9 points a contest while the Warriors defense allows just 16.6 points per game.
Charleston at Malden
Records: Charleston 4-6; Malden 9-0
Series history: Charleston leads 22-16-1
Last meeting: Sept. 30, Malden won 54-22
Last week: Charleston defeated Jefferson 42-32; Malden was idle
Notes: The two teams met less than a month ago with Malden jumping on the Bluejays early, building a 40-6 halftime lead. The Green Wave used the pass with quarterback Mason Brown throwing three first quarter touchdowns, finishing the game 5 of 8 for 123 yards. He also rushed for a team-high 92 yards while running back Tray Stevenson gained 72 yards with three touchdowns. Charleston was held to just 151 yards in the game, with their strong rushing attack held to just 27 yards on 25 carries. Leading rushing Q'naries Anderson finished with 20 yards and one score. The Bluejays' passing game has become much more potent since their game with the Green Wave as quarterback Lee Thomas Moody threw four touchdown passes last week in their upset of Jefferson. Moody hit junior Jeremy Tucker for three of the scores while Derrick Evans caught the other touchdown pass. Anderson also ran for two scores. The Bluejays are allowing 34.6 points a game as Jakeith Browning has become a weapon intercepting passes, including returning an interception 55 yards for a score in their first meeting with the Green Wave.
East Prairie at Caruthersville
Records: East Prairie 6-4; Caruthersville 7-3
Series history: Caruthersville leads 51-10-2
Last meeting: 2014, Caruthersville won 49-26
Last week: East Prairie defeated St. Pius X 51-15; Caruthersville defeated Kelly 71-0
Notes: Caruthersville has one the last five in the series and 11 of the last 13 games between the two teams. The second-seeded Tigers come in as the favorites, averaging 50.4 points per game while allowing just 19.6 points per game. Caruthersville has a balanced attack, led by quarterback Charles Golliday. The signal caller has thrown for 1,407 yards with 22 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He also has rushed for 447 yards and 12 scores. His favorite receiver is George Qualls grabbing 44 catches for 1,036 yards, an average of 23.5 yards per reception with 16 touchdowns. Deandre Davis leads the rushing attack with 951 yards on 113 carries with 14 scores. East Prairie also has a potent offense, scoring 33.5 points per game while allowing 30.2 points a contest. Senior running back Deverence Jones leads the Eagles with a team-high 1,121 yards with 19 touchdowns to go along with two receiving touchdowns, two punt returns for scores and one passing touchdown. Last week against St. Pius X, Jones gained 220 yards on the ground, while throwing for 59 yards and catching two passes for 10 yards. Sophomore Derez Tipler has gained 398 yards on the ground with five touchdowns while catching four passes for scores since moving to receiver from quarterback. Quarterback Carson Aycock has completed 48 of 85 passes for 757 yards and nine touchdowns.