MT. VERNON — What? Mt. Vernon's into the win column? Against Carbondale?
Obviously, the Rams' upset of the Terriers last week was the most unexpected game of week 6. It puts Carbondale on a two-game losing streak and in desperate need of a lift heading to Althoff this week.
It's hard to tell exactly what changed for the Rams in week 6, other than one early turnover that got them a lead they never relinquished. Maybe sometimes the sixth time is the charm.
Carbondale, on the other hand, is reeling. They've got to get their defense up to speed. The Terriers did move the ball well except for two costly turnovers, and quarterback Kaid Koester is a load to tackle. But they're not a quick-strike team, and the defense has to be able to stop opponents for that system to work, or things could get ugly again at Althoff this week.
For their part, Althoff came out of a conference-supremacy matchup against Marion bloodied with a 42-13 loss. That's the Crusaders' worst loss of the season, and they're now at 3-3 along with Carbondale. Week seven figures to have some interesting storylines when those two teams, each needing a win, come together.
Elsewhere in area football action, Centralia defeated Cahokia, adding to the riddle in the South 7. Currently there are three teams at 3-3 in the conference, meaning that while Marion's head and shoulders above the rest, there is still potential for late movement. Anyone who gets on a run late in the season could still take second — even the Orphans, who last year were 1-8.
Sesser-Valier and Chester seem to be on a collision course with Johnston City in the Black Diamond Conference. That week nine matchup between Johnston City and Sesser is looking more and more like the difinitive game of the season in that conference, as all three of the top teams in the BDC continue to roll through the conference.