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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Macon must get runners past Cardinal line

  • Now that their top two running backs have moved on, the Tigers will have to go all in against the experienced Cardinals.
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  • A year ago, the Macon Tigers claimed their most lopsided win of the season, and it was against their archrivals.
    The Tigers shut down the always-tough South Shelby Cardinals 52-0, and started them on a four-game losing streak.
    South rarely loses that many games in a season, but they made up for it by running all the way to the State Final, before falling to Valle Catholic 49-7.
    Now that their top two running backs have moved on, the Tigers will have to go all in against the experienced Cardinals.
    In the 2011 contest, the Tigers would roll up 357 yards of total offense, while holding the Cardinals to just 63.
    On the first South drive, the Tigers quickly forced a three-and-out, took the punt, and needed just two plays to get on the board.
    The look on the line, and in the backfield, will look considerably different for Macon. Not so much for South Shelby.
    Leading the offense for South Shelby is senior signal-caller David Heathman, who was picked off four times by the Macon defense in 2011.
    Heathman will surely look to make a statement this year on his home field.
    Heathman, one of the team captains will have three big weapons behind him in the backfield. Senior Alex Blackford will line up at running back.
    The 5-11 fullback will be senior Andrew Teel, and the tailback will be the 5-11 sophomore Trace Windsor.
    Heathman will also have two aerial threats lined up beside him. One is the tight-end, the big senior and captain Wes Mefford, and the other is the wide-out, junior Adam Ellyson.
    Up front for the South Shelby Cardinals will be a few very big pieces to the puzzle.
    The leader on the line will likely be the senior guard, Riley Schmitz, who stands at 5-9 and 185 lbs.
    Schmitz, who is a captain for the team, will have fellow senior Adam Dodd as the other guard.
    The other three linemen are all sophomores. Matt Mueller at center, with the two tackles being Ryan Larrick and the speedy Hadley Roberts.
    Cardinals coach Rob Wilt will have many of the same players on defense, as well as offense.
    He will have Schmitz and Larrick lined up at the defensive tackle spots, and three defensive ends, including Roberts, Mefford and Tucker Harrington.
    Wilt will have four smaller-built, but just as fast, defensive backs, which include Ellyson, Windsor, Blackford and Tyler Fuller.
    His two linebackers will be the lengthy senior Andrew Teel, and the even-more-lengthy Jacob Trivette.
    This will be a big test for the Macon offense.
    Page 2 of 2 - South Shelby started their 2012 campaign off last week with a roadtrip to Louisiana to take on the Bulldogs.
    These two CCC teams met in November in the Sectional round of the State Playoffs, with the Cardinals being victorious.
    South would once again come out on top with a big 53-21 win over the tough Bulldogs.
    After playing host to the rival Tigers, South Shelby will be on the road for the next four weeks, and each one of them will be a big test for the Cardinals to overcome.
    In week 3, the Cardinals will travel to Palmyra to take on the Panthers, where Macon narrowly escaped in week one.
    It doesn't get any easier in week 4, when South travels to Centralia to take on some more Panthers.
    In week 5, its even more Panthers when the Cards travel to Monroe City.
    The road trip ends in week 6 in Brookfield against the Bulldogs.
    South ends the regular season at home, playing Highland, Clark County and Mark Twain in that order.
    This one should be fun!
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