We're down to the Elite Eight: Quarterfinal capsules, predictions
JEFFERSON CITY —
Carthage Tigers (10-1, ranked No. 8) at Battle Spartans (11-0, ranked No. 2)
Saturday, 1 p.m.
The Spartans advanced to the Elite Eight by pulling away for a 52-29 win over Belton, while the Tigers dumped Nixa 47-7. Neither Belton nor Nixa were ranked. ... The Spartans prevailed despite the absence of star receiver and Nebraska recruit Jaevon McQuitty, who was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Dre Tyler stepped up and caught touchdown passes of 30 and 31 yards. ... Dre's older brother, senior quarterback Brevin Tyler, threw for four touchdowns and rushed for three, giving him a combined 50 touchdowns this season. His huge season totals also include 3,657 yards passing and 2,175 yards rushing. ...Both Carthage and Battle lost in the semifinals last year, Carthage to Chaminade and Battle to eventual state champion Fort Osage. ... The Tigers have won 10 straight since their season-opening 28-14 loss to Ozark. Ozark lost in its district championship game to third-ranked Glendale by a whopping 85-44 last week. ... Head coach Jon Guidie won his 100th game at Carthage the week before in the district semifinals against Willard. ... Battle --- which is seeking its second state championship in three years --- is averaging 48.5 ppg. and allowing 23. Carthage's averages are 34 and 16 ... The winner of this game will play either third-ranked Glendale (11-0) or fourth-ranked Ft. Zumwalt North (10-1) in the semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m.
Prediction: Battle 42, Carthage 32
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