The Truman State Bulldogs football team electrified the Stokes Stadium crowd Saturday night with a come from behind 24 to 23 victory over a surprisingly good William Penn team. Not much was known about William Penn coming in but they proved themselves to be very worthy opponents. The Bulldogs were without their starting quarterback and team leader Conrad Schottel who was out with an injury and the offense struggled throughout most of the game. The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 10 to 0 lead in the opening minutes of the first quarter but were then held scoreless until the fourth quarter when they were able to score to make it 23 to 17. They then scored the winning touchdown with 43 seconds left on the clock to move their record to 2 and 1. They now begin preparations for Central Missouri State who will be in town on Saturday night in the final non conference game of the season and the renewal of one of the most intense rivalries in the Midwest. We’ll have much more on that game on Friday.
After being down 33 to 8 late in the third quarter the Kirksville High School Tigers came roaring back to lose a heartbreaker 33 to 32 Friday night at Marshall. It looked like Marshall was on its way to an easy victory but KHS showed that never say die attitude as they continued to battle and played their best quarter of football in a long time during the fourth quarter. Although they lost the game they come out of it with a lot of momentum in my opinion and hopefully they can carry that momentum into this weeks game. Although they lost Friday night they really won in my opinion because they showed they have the ability to come back after being down early and I think the game can be a real confidence builder for them.
The Missouri Tigers had a relatively easy victory over the Indiana Hoosiers last Saturday night as they won 45 to 20. The defense played a much better game than they did against Toledo and the offense played pretty consistently as well. I thought that was the last non conference game before Mizzou began non conference play but I was wrong, they have one more cupcake to play this week as they take on Arkansas State before they get into SEC play.
The St. Louis Rams looked to have made tremendous strides from last year after their first two games. That was all negated yesterday as they played a dreadful game against a not very good Dallas Cowboys team. The Rams lost 31 to 7 and didn’t really do anything right yesterday from what I could tell. The Rams now have a short week to get ready for the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night. The 49ers didn’t have much fun yesterday either as they lost at home to the Indianapolis Colts.
The St. Louis Cardinals clinched a playoff berth yesterday before they ever took the field against the Milwaukee Brewers. It’s a good thing too because the Cardinals didn’t look so good in losing to the Brewers last night 6 to 4. The Cardinals are still in first place in the National League Central and begin a six game home stand tonight against the Washington Nationals whose loss yesterday clinched a playoff berth for the Cardinals. With six games left it is just a matter of the NL Central sorting itself out as we know what teams will be in the playoffs but not what order they will finish. While the Cardinals are entertaining the Nationals the Pirates will be in Chicago to play the Cubs. The Reds could still sneak up on both of them as well so we know these three teams are going to the playoffs along with the Dodgers and Braves but the NL Central finishing order is a long way from being decided.
The Kansas City Royals are still not dead yet as far as playoff hopes go but they didn’t gain any ground either. They are still 3 and a half games back for the final wild card spot and their final seven games are on the road and they really need to win all seven of them and hope either Cleveland or Tampa Bay goes on a losing streak. That’s a lot of hope but the reality is that it will be very unlikely if all those things happen.
Matt Kenseth won his second race in a row to capture the first two races of the Chase For The Cup as NASCAR winds its season down. I erroneously said they were in Kentucky when in fact only Nationwide was in Kentucky, the Case for the Cup race took place in NH I believe. It’s very confusing especially when you aren’t paying a lot of attention to it.
In an effort to better stay connected with the readers of this blog and to hopefully have a little fun along the way I have created a Twitter account. I encourage you to follow me on Twitter. I’m still new at this whole Twitter thing but I think you can either follow me by searching for my name or the username with is KDEBlog. I tried to get the name of this blog as my username but it was already taken. KDE Blog should be pretty easy to remember. I will be tweeting pretty regularly as I watch various sporting events or other things happen in the world of sports so let’s try to have fun with this shall we.
I don’t know if I will have time to do a blog on Wednesday or not, it’s a busy week here at blog headquarters but we’ll certainly put forth the effort. There will absolutely be a blog on Friday though previewing all of this weekend’s sports action. Thanks as always for making the effort to check out this blog and please take the time to look at all the other excellent blogs on this site.
Have a wonderful first week of autumn!