The Extra Point: Game of the Week: Battle at Hickman
COLUMBIA - Hickman High School hosts Battle High School in the Game of the Week which looks to be a classic matchup in mid-Missouri high school football.
No rain is predicted for Friday's games and the temperature is forecast to be in the mid-70's around kickoff.
Who: Battle Spartans at (2-3) at Hickman Kewpies (0-5)
When: Friday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.
Where: 1104 N Providence Rd, Columbia, MO 65203
Distance: 6.8 miles, or about a 10 minute drive.
Significance: Hickman has struggled all season to find its first win, but hosting a young Battle team could be their first real chance at a win and get some "mid-season mojo" before the final push for the post season. Battle could really gain respect in Columbia with a win on the road, and who knows, this young Battle team might just have what it takes to take over the number two ranking in Columbia.
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Hickman Kewpies (0-5): I repeat what I said last week; what is happening with Hickman? The team is 0-5 and well below par with what others expected. They have played some very tough teams, Rock Bridge being the only team at .500 or worse and they were .500. Battle should be a tough little team but if Hickman sticks with their game plan, they should fare well against Battle.
Player to Watch: Carter Nicoli, junior QB/DB. He played very well against cross-town rival Rock Bridge, and should build on that against Battle. He almost led Hickman to its first win on the season against Rock Bridge, but the Kewpies were over powered by the potent offense of Rock Bridge. This will be one of Nicoli's biggest game of the season on both sides of the ball. Watch Nicoli -- he will put on a dazzling display.
Battle Spartans (2-3): This strong, unified team has improved from last season already from last season even though the Spartans are on the same track as last season to finish 5-4. It will not matter, finishing above .500 would be an improvement with the first season of actual district play. The Spartans defense is strong and the offense is doing nothing but improving.
Player to Watch: Jaevon McQuitty, sophomore WR. To beat Hickman, McQuitty needs to have a huge game. Catching three touchdowns this season is good but he needs to have at least two to have a chance at the Kewpies. This young WR has done nothing but help his team, averaging 18.7 yds/catch, but the team is absent Jerron Key who was supposed to be a huge part of this offense.
Prediction: Hickman will finally get its first win of the season this week. Battle will look good, possibly be winning after the first half, but the Kewpies will end up pulling away slowly throughout the game. If, and that is a big if, the Spartans can maintain a lead into the fourth, then I do think the Spartans upset the Kewpies and become the second best football team in Columbia.
Battle - 20
Hickman - 34
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Be sure to watch Friday Night Fever at 10 p.m. on Friday night to see how your favorite team fared in week six.