FNF Game of the Week preview: Jefferson City at Battle
COLUMBIA - KOMU's Game of the Week for week eight of Friday Night Fever is most likely the game of the year in mid-Missouri. The Jefferson City Jays will travel to Columbia to take on the Battle Spartans.
Jefferson City enters the game with a 5-2 record, falling only to powerhouses Har-Ber (Springdale, Arkansas) and CBC (St. Louis).
Last week's game against CBC was a nail biter, coming down to the end with the Jays eventually falling by the score of 65-59.
Jefferson City will look to its experienced and high-powered offense, averaging 47 points per game, to lead the charge against the Spartans.
Seniors Gunnar See (quarterback) and Adam Huff (wide receiver) lead the Jay's offense, and have developed a special connection over the last four seasons. Running back Rashaun Woods is also having a successful season and figures to see a heavy workload against Battle.
Battle head coach Justin Conyers knows the kind of threat the Jefferson City offense can pose, even to his undefeated 7-0 Spartans.
"You look at their offense and senior quarterback Gunnar See and Adam Huff over there absolutely torched us last season," Conyers said. "It was not a good showing for us."
In fact, Battle had its worst offensive showing of the regular season in last year's match up with the Jays. The Spartans mustered only 14 points while allowing 44.
Conyers knows this year's game weighs a little bigger than some of the others on the schedule.
"If somebody wants to tell you this isn't a rivalry between us and Jeff City, they're lying," Conyers said. "This is one of those games you have to get excited for on Friday nights. You look at it on paper and it's a great match-up, but they've had our number the last two years so that's a little stressful for us as a program."
Battle, in its young history, has yet to beat Jefferson City, but with the offensive weapons the Spartans have, this could finally be the year the team breaks through with a win.
The Spartans have their own senior dynamic duo at quarterback and receiver in Brevinn Tyler and Jaevon McQuitty. The two both earned spots on the First-Team All District, First-Team All Area and All-State teams. Together the pair are helping Battle outscore its opponents by close to an average of 30 points a game.
However, it has been a trying few weeks for the Battle program after the death of assistant coach Jon Dinter, who had brain cancer. Conyers said the loss has really brought the team closer together.
"We preach family," Conyers said. "That's how we've built our locker room at Battle. We've really rallied around what's gone on."
You can catch highlights from Battle and Jefferson City on KOMU 8 News at Ten on Friday along with other highlights from around the area.