Wright City at South Callaway Preview

Posted 11/7/19

When: Friday, Sept. 18 Where : South Callaway High School Time: 7 p.m. Coaches: Wright City — Jeff Sargent. South Callaway — Zack Hess. Records: Wright City — 3-1 overall, 2-0 in EMO. South …

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Wright City at South Callaway Preview


When: Friday, Sept. 18Where: South Callaway High SchoolTime: 7 p.m.Coaches: Wright City — Jeff Sargent. South Callaway — Zack Hess.Records: Wright City — 3-1 overall, 2-0 in EMO. South Callaway — 3-1 overall, 2-0 in EMO.Last Year’s Meeting: South Callaway 55, Wright City 6.The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead in the first quarter and held a commanding 55-0 advantage at halftime. South Callaway scored in almost every way possible as its offense scored at will on offense and added first-half scores on a fumble recovery, interception return and punt return.Wright City’s lone score came in the fourth quarter when Christian Thompson returned a fumble 25 yards.Outlook: South Callaway may possess just as many playmakers on offense as Wright City has so there is the potential for quite an offensive outburst by both teams in the conference showdown.The Bulldogs are one of three teams — with Wright City and Mark Twain being the others — that sit atop the conference standings with perfect records.South Callaway is coming off a thrilling 34-32 road victory over Van-Far, where it managed to hang on down the stretch as it watched the home team rally from a 34-20 deficit in the final quarter. Van-Far had a chance to tie the game, but its two-point conversation failed when the receiver could not get a foot down in bounds.The Bulldogs had 443 rushing yards in the win and had four players score on long runs. Patrick Barnard rushed for a game-high 210 yards on 24 carries and had two touchdowns. Cameron Richardson followed with 96 yards on just nine carries. Harley Kight and Connor Stupperich added 81 and 42 yards, respectively, on the ground.The Bulldogs have fought the injury bug early in the season and were ranked as high as seventh in the Class 2 state poll. Their lone defeat came in a 48-0 loss to Southern Boone in Week 2.Wright City, meanwhile, hopes to have one of its injured players ready to go this Friday. Senior wideout/defensive back Troy Muse missed most of Friday’s contest with an ankle injury. He had caught 20 passes in the season’s first three games. However, other players stepped up and performed well in Muse’s absence.Through the first four games, running back DeRenzo Blanks had rushed for 528 yards, at a 7.2-yard per carry clip. Senior quarterback Andrew Pfuhl has thrown for 888 yards and six touchdowns, but has been picked off five times.Bottom Line: Friday’s win over Bowling Green was an important gauge to show how much more improved Wright City is this season. The Wildcats must overcome a long road trip Friday to remain atop the EMO standings, especially with Mark Twain looming the following week.They can’t drop both of these games if they want to compete for the conference championship.— By Tim Schmidt, Record Managing EditorWright City Wildcats