Our prep football glance gives vital information for our local teams entering their weekly matchups. Learn your team's opponent, go-to players and the series history between the two throughout the season.
Caruthersville at Malden
Records: Malden 10-0; Caruthersville 8-3
Series History: Malden leads 29-28
Last Meeting: Aug. 27, Malden won 42-33
Last Week: Malden defeated Charleston 60-14; Caruthersville defeated East Prairie 70-22
Notes: Malden has defeated Caruthersville five-straight times, including the last two district championship games. The Tigers have played for the district championship every year since the new playoff format began in 2012, winning three. Malden has won their last 34 games against SEMO Conference opponents but received a scare from the Tigers on Aug. 27 when the Green Wave defeated Caruthersville in triple overtime. Neither team had a huge offensive day in the heat, with Malden gaining 294 total yards and Caruthersville just 216 yards. Since that game, Charles Golliday has taken over as quarterback of the Tigers, leading an offense that averages 52.2 points per game. He has completed 70 of 118 passes for 1,631 yards with 27 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He also has rushed for 447 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has a big play receiver in George Qualls, who has 50 catches for 1,194 yards, an average of 23.9 yards per catch. Qualls has 20 receiving touchdowns to go along with a punt return touchdown and kick return touchdown. The Tigers are led in rushing by Deandre Davis, who has 16 touchdowns while gaining 1,046 yards on 124 carries for an average of 8.4 yards per carry. Defensively, Caruthersville allows 19.8 points per game and must stop a Green Wave offense that averages 49.2 points per game. Malden averages 300.8 yards rushing a game, led by Tray Stevenson. The junior has gained 1,042 on 134 carries and has 24 touchdowns. Quarterback Pete Brown also plays a major role in the rushing attack, gaining 977 yards on 110 carries with 13 scores. Brown has completed 33 of 66 passes for 569 yards with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions. His favorite target is Cordell Kilgore, who has caught 14 passes for 295 yards an four touchdowns while also rushing for two touchdowns, returning three punts for scores to go along with an interception return for a touchdown. The Malden defense allows just 12.9 points per contest and along with their special teams, has scored 10 touchdowns this season.
Hayti at Valle Catholic
Records: Hayti 10-1; Valle 9-1
Series History: Valle leads 7-5
Last Meeting: 2011, Valle won 44-8
Last Week: Hayti defeated Scott City 56-28; Valle defeated Portageville 46-7
Notes: Hayti and Valle are two of the top teams in Class 1, each sporting just one loss to a ranked team in Class 2. Hayti comes in with a high-powered offense averaging 50.5 points per game. The Indians have a balanced attack, averaging 402.6 yards per game, 214 on the ground and 188.6 through the air. Quarterback Allen Mills has over 3,000 yards of total offense, throwing for 2,075 while completing 154 of 258 passes. The senior has thrown for 30 touchdowns and has been intercepted just three times. He has rushed for 968 yards on just 95 carries with 18 scores. His favorite target is senior Dayon Moore, who has 59 catches for 887 yards, however, Moore, who is third on the team with 76 tackles, will be ineligible to play after being ejected last week on a controversial targeting call. In his absence, Mills will look to throw to Reginald Ford (27 catches for 342 yards) and Timothy Hamilton (19 catches, 199 yards) along with running back Devante Robinson. The senior has caught 25 passes for 317 yards and gained 781 yards on the ground on 123 carries while intercepting a team-high five passes. Sophomore linebacker Ivory Winters has a whopping 145 tackles while sophomore defensive back Jason Weatherspoon has 94 tackles for a defense allowing 13.5 points per game. They will have a tall order stopping a Valle team that scores 49 points per game. The Warriors average 418 yards per game, 250 through the air and 168 on the ground. Junior quarterback Mason Skaggs has completed 126 of 201 passes for 2,358 yards and 31 touchdowns while being intercepted just seven times. His favorite target is senior Cole Wood, who has 37 catches for 843 yards and 14 touchdowns while senior Cole Keeley has caught over 30 passes for over 630 yards. Senior Tristan Rollhaus also contributes in the passing game with 564 yards receiving and eight scores. Running back Cody Stoll may be small, standing just 5 feet, 5 inches, weighing 135 pounds, but the senior leads the Warriors rushing attack with 704 yards on 104 carries with 11 scores. Defensively, Valle gives up just 14 points per game, with Keeley along with juniors Chris Loida and Brendan Meyer all compiling over 60 tackles on the season.