Mt. Vernon Register-News

Press Box Ramblings

September 23, 2010

Prep football Friday night previews, picks

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MT. VERNON —

Marion 35, Mt. Vernon 13

Althoff (2-2) at Centralia (2-2) — Althoff looked pretty darn impressive against Mt. Vernon. The two-headed monster they have at tailback combined for 290 yards against the Rams, impressive against a defense that's actually been solid this year. Centralia's offense leads the South 7.

Bottom Line: Expect a shootout, but Althoff can grind out the clock with its stable of running backs.

Althoff 42, Centralia 35

Carbondale (3-1) at Cahokia (1-3) — Cahokia's been pretty bad this year. Its only win came against St. Louis-Carnahan, a winless team from Missouri. They can score occasionally, but don't play much defense. If not for the shutout 28-0 win against St. Louis-Carnahan, these guys would have the worst defense in the South 7. Carbondale, on the other hand, has been solid, especially with a shootout win against Centralia last week. The Terriers can win scoring big, or scoring small (they won 13-8 against Herrin in week 2)

Bottom Line: Carbondale's a solid team, and Cahokia hasn't shown much consistency this year. 

Carbondale 35, Cahokia 21

Hamilton County (2-2) at Eldorado (3-1): That's right, we're following the Black Diamond Conference for you as well. Hamilton County's been clear-cut this season: when the Foxes have their offense working, they win. Hamilton County's two wins both came when the Foxes scored 30 or more points — though both of those games were against 0-4 teams. They'll need to step up their game a bit against Eldorado to get a win against a more quality opponent.

Bottom Line: Coming off a big road win, Hamilton County gets another high-flying victory.

Hamilton County 35, Eldorado 28

Sesser-Valier Co-op (3-1) at Christopher-Zeigler Royalton Co-op (0-4): Pretty clear-cut here. Sesser's got talent on both sides of the ball, while Christopher is going to need some help to  get back into contention in the Black Diamond. Watch out, this one might get ugly as Sesser has given up multiple scores only twice this season. Solid defense and a productive running game from the Red Devils will carry the game.

Bottom line: Dawson Verhines and the Red Devils roll right on through the start of an easy stretch until the last two weeks of the season.

Sesser 35, Christopher 6

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