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DeSmet-CBC showdown highlights Week 3 Missouri Football

9/9/2011

In the season opener, CBC went head to head with one of the state's top programs in Fort Zumwalt West. The Cadets ended up outlasting the Jaguars in a 52-49 shootout.

Tonight, the No. 5 Cadets (2-0) will have another chance to prove themselves Saturday and climb up the rankings when they face an explosive No. 3 DeSmet squad (2-0), led by ESPNHS September cover boy Durron Neal.

Dalton Demos leads a Cadet offense that has racked up 866 yards in just two games, racking up 378 passing yards, four touchdowns and one interception while spreading the ball around the field. The senior will be tested, though, against a DeSmet defense that has allowed just 12 points per game during its 2-0 start. And with Neal making plays on both sides of the ball as well as KeVonn Mabon leading the defense, the Spartans will give CBC all it can handle.

Prediction: DeSmet 45, CBC 42

No. 10 Blue Springs South (2-0) at No. 1 Rockhurst (2-0)

No one disputes that Rockhurst is the top squad in the state, but that doesn't mean Blue Springs South is going to back down. In their two meetings last year, the Jaguars played the Hawklets close, losing by just a touchdown on both occasions. Jordan Walker has emerged as the Hawklets' offensive threat, but Blue Springs South has its own weapon in Stephen Sullivan, who recorded 289 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns last week.

Prediction: Rockhurst 35, Blue Springs South 20

Hillcrest (1-1) at Joplin (1-1)

Emotions will run high for Joplin this weekend, as the Eagles play their first home game since a tornado ravaged the town this past May. Joplin, which is expecting more than 7,000 fans for the Saturday contest, gained momentum with last week's win at West Plains, but of course, Hillcrest boasts the nation's top receiver in Dorial Green-Beckham. Despite the Hornets' loss to Rogers Heritage (Ark.) last week and snagging just two passes in the first half, DGB finished with seven catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns.

Prediction: Hillcrest 24, Joplin 14

Brandon Parker covers Missouri for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.