Ready for a playoff rumble

Jefferson City's Devon Moore celebrates after a touchdown against the Hickman Kewpies this past Friday at Adkins Stadium.

Jefferson City's Devon Moore celebrates after a touchdown against the Hickman Kewpies this past Friday at Adkins Stadium. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

For the past two years, Francis Howell has been a pothole on the Jays’ playoff road.

Now the Vikings are a legitimate roadblock.

Sitting at 9-1 and ranked fifth in Class 6, the Vikings appear to have the right mix of weapons to challenge the best in the state.

One of their weapons is senior quarterback Brett Graves.

“The biggest thing we have to do is control their quarterback,” Jays coach Ted LePage said as the Jays get set to take on the Vikings at 7 p.m. today in a Class 6 Sectional game in St. Charles. “He’s what makes them go, running and throwing.

“We want to put him in a position to make somebody else make the plays instead of him.”

Graves has thrown for 1,915 yards and 22 TDs, but he’s rushed for more than 1,000 yards and seven scores.

Jefferson City (6-4) has seen its fair share of top-rated quarterbacks this year and has had its fits with more than a couple of them. The Jays will have their hands full once again.

“He’s real elusive,” LePage said of Graves. “… If he’s in space, we’re telling our players to close the space down because he’ll make you miss.”

Senior running back Justin Schuh, who’s scored 15 rushing touchdowns, is questionable to start for the Vikings after being injured in the district title game last week against Pattonville.

“At this time of year, you don’t worry about who’s playing or who’s not,” LePage said. “They’re 9-1 for a reason, not because of one kid.

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