WEEK 3 CAPSULES
Waterloo (1-1, 0-0) at Carbondale (2-0, 0-0)
Carbondale looks to emerge from the non-conference season with a perfect record, facing 1-1 Waterloo. The Bulldogs snapped a nine-game losing streak in Week One, knocking off Herrin 36-14, but fell to Columbia 35-10 last week. In the meantime, Carbondale has proven to be resilient. The Terriers fell behind Murphysboro by 17 points in Week One before claiming a 32-29 win. Last week Carbondale spotted Granite City 12 points before winning 38-18.
Cahokia (1-1, 0-0) at Bethalto (2-0, 0-0)
The Comanches are coming off a 41-22 loss to a strong Chaminade program. Cahokia knocked off Collinsville 26-0 in Week One. Bethalto, a member of the Mississippi Valley Conference was 3-6 last year, but the Eagles are 2-0. Bethalto defeated Alton Marquette in Week One and topped Wood River 43-6 last week.
Mater Dei (1-1, 0-0) at Althoff (0-2, 0-0)
The two Belleville Diocesan Catholic schools knock heads this week. Mater Dei lost to 2-0 Effingham in Week One, but rebounded with a 28-10 win over Alton Marquette Friday. In the meantime, Althoff is 0-2, but has lost to two strong programs in Elmhurst Immaculate Conception and Vianney.
Mascoutah (1-1, 0-0) at Centralia (1-1, 0-0)
The Orphans will attempt to get back in the win column this week after being blanked 16-0 by Galesburg at home. Centralia’s opening week win came over Salem. In the meantime, Mascoutah lost to Columbia of the Cahokia Conference 28-7 in Week One, but rebounded to clobber Mount Vernon 56-26 last week.
Triad (2-0, 0-0) at Mount Vernon (0-2, 0-0)
The Rams appear to have their hands full this week. The Knights have given up just 14 total points in wins over Mattoon and Collinsville. Mount Vernon has been able to score, putting 24 points on the board in a Week One 28-24 loss to Taylorville. The Rams scored last week, but their defense struggled in a 56-26 loss to Mascoutah.
Carterville (0-2, 0-0) at Murphysboro (1-1, 0-0)
After getting drubbed by Benton in Week One, Carterville extended the game to the fourth quarter against Herrin last week before falling 28-24 at Herrin last week. Murphysboro will be trying to forge a winning non-conference record. The Red Devils lost to Carbondale 32-29 in Week One, but put a running clock (48-8) on Anna-Jonesboro last week.
West Frankfort (2-0, 0-0) at Sparta (0-2, 0-2)
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Brian Beery’s Redbirds look to go 3-0 against the SIRR Mississippi Friday night. West Frankfort already owns wins over Anna-Jonesboro (27-6) and Pinckneyville (41-0). Conversely, Sparta is looking to break into the win column. The Bulldogs opened with a 30-14 loss at Freeburg, then fell to a resurgent Benton team 42-6.
Pinckneyville (0-2, 0-0) at Benton (2-0, 0-0)
The Panthers meet the Rangers in another cross-conference match-up this week. The Panthers are still looking to get untracked after losing to Red Bud and West Frankfort. Benton, which won just one game last year, owns a 42-6 win over Sparta and a 42-0 shutout of Carterville.
Massac County (0-2, 0-0) at Anna-Jonesboro (0-2, 0-0)
Both teams are looking for their first win. Massac County lost to Du Quoin 21-6 in Week One. The Patriots put 34 points on the board against Nashville Friday, but the Hornets still won handily 63-34. Anna-Jonesboro fell 27-6 at West Frankfort in Week One, but dropped a 48-8 decision to Murphysboro Friday night.
Hamilton County (1-1, 1-1) at Johnston City (0-2, 0-2)
After knocking off Christopher-Zeigler-Royalton in Week One, Jeff Rush’s Hamilton County Foxes pushed Edwards County to the limit before losing 14-12 Friday. On the other hand, the first two weeks have been a struggle for Johnston City. The Indians 81-7 by Fairfield and Eldorado. The Mules and Eagles are expected to challenge for the Black Diamond Conference title.
Carmi (1-1, 1-1) at Christopher-Zeigler-Royalton (1-1, 1-1)
After rolling to a Week One 48-12 win at Vienna, Kurt Simon’s Bulldogs dropped a 28-14 decision to Sesser-Valier-Waltonville in their home opener. C-Z-R, in the meantime, popped Vienna-Goreville this week 63-8. The Bearcats lost a 13-7 decision at Hamilton County in Week One.
Sesser-Valier-Waltonville (1-1, 1-1) at Edwards County (1-1)
The Red Devils and Lions both need a win to stay in the hunt for the Black Diamond Conference title. S-V-W had the unenviable task of opening the season at Fairfield, absorbing a 28-0 loss. However, the Red Devils rebounded nicely in Week Two, posting a 28-14 win at Carmi. Edwards County opened the year with an 18-13 defeat at Chester before rallying late to overcome Hamilton County last week.
Eldorado (2-0, 2-0) at Vienna-Goreville (0-2, 0-2)
The Eagles look for their third win of the season in Johnson County Saturday. The Eagles own victories over Johnston City and Chester. Eldorado knocked off the Yellow Jackets 38-14 in their home opener last week. Vienna-Goreville has lost to Hamilton County and C-Z-R.