Comets may turn the tides of the Mid-Lakes Conference if they can win on the road Friday night.
Strafford hosts Marionville in a game between two state-ranked teams that will likely play a key part in deciding this year’s Mid-Lakes Conference football championship.
Marionville last beat Strafford in 2007, a 43-0 road win. Seven straight wins for Strafford leaves Marionville anxious to take back control of the all-time series and attempt to win its first Mid-Lakes Conference championship in eight years.
Marionville (2-0) showed off a high-scoring offense in wins over Miller (45-16) and Willow Springs (46-7).
Strafford, a team typically known for offense, is stinging from a loss on the road last week at Thayer. The Bobcats dropped Strafford 44-16, leaving Strafford seeking out a chance for redemption. That chance comes Friday against the No. 3-ranked Class 1 team in the Missouri Media Rankings.
Both teams bring good backfield combinations into the game. All-state quarterback Chanler Collins joins in the Strafford backfield with senior halfback Jacob Eden, who has gained 281 yards and scored four touchdowns on 25 carries in two games.
The explosive Tanner Wright plays alongside quarterback Jacob LaSalle in the Marionville backfield. LaSalle also plays linebacker, which has drawn the attention of some college scouts.
Strafford hosts Marionville at Strafford High School Friday at 7 p.m.
The Springfield News-Leader Game of the Week helps showcase one high school football game per week through the regular season. The Game of the Week is selected by the News-Leader staff based on an array of criteria including quality of play, rivalry, conference significance and playoff implications.
News-Leader Game of the Week
Marionville (2-0) at Strafford (1-1)
Friday, Sept. 4, 7 p.m.
Strafford High School
201 W McCabe Street, Strafford