The Extra Point: Game of the Week: Jefferson City at Hickman
COLUMBIA - Hickman and Jefferson City will renew the longest running and most heated rivalry in Mid-Missouri high school football Friday night. The Class 6 teams will face off in Columbia, as the Jays will try to avenge the 2012 14-9 loss at home. The record of the rivalry stands at 53-51-4 in favor of Hickman.
Who: Jefferson City Jays (3-2) at Hickman Kewpies (2-3)
When: Friday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m.
Where: LeMone Field, 1104 N. Providence Road, Columbia, Mo., 65203
Distance: 34.8 miles, or about a 40 minute drive
Significance: The two teams have met every year since 1919 and the rivalry is the second longest running large school rivalry in the state behind the Kirkwood-Webster Groves series out of St. Louis.
Jefferson City Jays: The Jays come into the game ranked in the ninth spot of Class 6 coming off of a big 18-16 win against St. Louis' De Smet. The Jays should bring confidence on the road from the win. The season is at the halfway point and the Jays still have a long road ahead. There have been no easy games for the Jays, who play one of the most difficult schedules in Class 6 and the state. The away team will have to find a way to put up points in a rivalry game. This season, the Jays have managed to score 22 points on average. If last year's game is any indication like what this years will be, the game will come down to the last possessions. Points will come at a premium.
Player to Watch: Gabe Marcantonio, senior QB - Entering Friday night's game, Marcantonio enters with over 1,000 yards of total offense halfway through the season. He has completed 59 of 118 passes for 609 yards and six touchdowns. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound senior can also move his feet, with 406 yards and five touchdowns coming on the run. Marcantonio also takes the snaps when the Jays elect to punt. He is the leader on the team, and needs to step up against Hickman's strong secondary. With many roles on the team, Marcantonio needs some energy at the end of the game if the game gets close.
Hickman Kewpies: With no wins at home this season the Kewpies enter week six of the season still searching for one. Don't let the record fool you, the Kewpies can play and rise to the occasion if they choose to. For example, in week four, Hickman knocked off fifth ranked Class 4 Helias 27-17. The hosts of this weeks matchup are coming off a loss to Rock Bridge in the Providence Bowl 27-10. The Kewpies will be without senior Roderick Beasley who will miss a second consecutive week for an undisclosed reason according to the Columbia Daily Tribune. Without Beasley, the team will have to adjust their secondary and make big stops to force the Jays to punt.
Player to watch: Mason Murray, senior QB - Murray converted for the Kewpies in last season's game with two late touchdowns to propel the team to a win. This year, Murray won't have the receiver who caught the passes, Beasley, who will sit out. The 5-foot-11 dual-threat quarterback is 35 for 72 this season with 656 yards and seven touchdowns. Murray must look to tight end Grant Jones to put points on the board. Murray must lead the offense down the field and he may need to pull some late heroics to help the Kewpies to its first home win of the season.
Prediction: Anything can happen in this rivalry. The game should play close throughout with the Jays separating themselves in the fourth quarter to move to 4-2 on the season. The Kewpies are at a major disadvantage without Beasley, and it will show.
Jefferson City - 31
Hickman - 17
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