Stories by Brent
When Marcus Murphy joined a logjam of running backs at Missouri, the native of DeSoto, Texas, wanted to find a niche for himself.
When Lincoln University decided it wanted back in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in 2010, there were a lot of questions that needed to be answered. But in just their third year back, the Blue Tigers are already out the door in football.
COLUMBIA — Missouri certainly had several statement victories during its last decade in the Big 12.
The only thing that slowed down Jefferson City on Friday was Gateway Tech’s late arrival. And it only slowed the inevitable. Elijah PIttman ran for three first-quarter touchdowns as Jefferson City celebrated Homecoming with a 55-22 victory against Gateway Tech at Adkins Stadium.
Jefferson City turned back the clock in Friday’s 40-33 win against Hickman. But that doesn’t mean the Jays are about to change what has been successful this season.
The Lady Jays weren’t about to let history repeat itself. After getting swept by Kickapoo less than two weeks ago at the Blue Springs Tournament, Jefferson City returned the favor, defeating Kickapoo 25-20, 25-23 on Tuesday night at Fleming Fieldhouse.
Missouri’s defensive line has developed a monopoly when it comes to Southeastern Conference awards recently. But the mountains are about to get tougher.
After failing to come up with big plays in two previous losses to Hickman, Jefferson City more than flipped the script Friday night. Trailing 33-32 with just more than a minute left, Rayshawn Williams scored on a 60-yard run to lift Jefferson City to a 40-33 come-from-behind victory in Columbia.
Missouri players have a lot of memories from last season’s game against Vanderbilt. And most of them aren’t pleasant. When the Tigers open Southeastern Conference play today in Nashville against the Commodores (6:30 p.m. KQFX-TV), Missouri will be looking to enact a little revenge from last years’ disappointing loss that prolonged the Tigers tough start to the season.
After winning her 400th career game earlier this week, Jefferson City softball coach Lisa Dey didn’t have to think long when asked what it means to her. “It means you’ve been around a long time,” she joked. Dey, who picked up No. 400 in Monday’s 6-2 victory against St. Elizabeth, was honored between innings of the Lady Jays’ 17-5 victory against Southern Boone on Wednesday at the American Legion Sports Complex.
Jefferson City probably doesn't need much motivation when it comes to playing Hickman. But just in case, the Kewpies (2-3) have provided plenty of extra spark in the last two years to get the Jays (3-2, No. 9 in Class 6) fired up for Friday’s 7 p.m. kickoff in Columbia. 16-14 and 14-9 are scores the Jays aren’t soon to forget.
Heading into the season there were a lot of questions about which of Missouri’s top three running backs would emerge from the pack and take over as the starter. With Southeastern Conference play starting, that question still hasn’t been answered, at least not technically.
Coming off a rough stretch of matches, Tuesday’s contest against Camdenton turned out to be just what the Jefferson City volleyball team needed.
Missouri’s first trip through the Southeastern Conference didn’t take the road the Tigers had envisioned.
With Southeastern Conference play opening in one week, Saturday’s game against Arkansas State was one the Tigers could ill afford to lose. But for a while, the Tigers were in trouble.
When Jefferson City needed a play Friday night against DeSmet, Gabe Marcantonio was there to answer the call. The senior ran for a touchdown, threw for a score and kicked a key field goal in the fourth quarter as Jefferson City held on for an 18-16 victory at Adkins Stadium.
Missouri is not good enough to overlook anyone. At least that’s what head coach Gary Pinkel thinks. Coming off a win against Indiana and a week before the start of Southeastern Conference play, Pinkel is sure his team has no intention of overlooking an Arkansas State squad that has struggled to find consistency this season.
COLUMBIA — A pair of personal highs were set in Missouri’s 45-28 victory against Indiana on Saturday.
WARDSVILLE — The scoreboard said one thing, Blair Oaks volleyball coach Joy Northweather saw something else.
Coming off back-to-back losses, Jefferson City head coach Ted LePage had a pretty simple message to his team this week: It’s all about where you finish.
WESTPHALIA — Coming off an undisciplined night at the plate, Fatima head coach Dana Scheppers was looking for a little more out of her offense. Her team responded accordingly.
Jefferson City softball coach Lisa Dey often tells her team, “Leave the field better than you came.”
There was a time Missouri quarterback James Franklin would have been bothered after throwing a pair of costly interceptions.
COLUMBIA — Missouri has seen this show before. Two offenses, 98 points per game and the desire to play as fast as possible.
There was no carryover effect for the Jefferson City softball team Friday.
The opportunities were there for Jefferson City’s taking Thursday night.
A loss is a loss, no matter how Jefferson City head coach Ted LePage looks at it. But that doesn’t mean Jefferson City’s 34-24 loss at Fayetteville (Ark.) can’t be a learning experience, good and bad, for the Jays.
Before the season started, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam said the Tigers had a goal of getting at least 30 sacks this season. While the season is far from over, early returns haven’t quite lived up to that promise. Through two games, the Tigers have just three sacks for a total loss of nine yards. An early cause for concern? Not quite yet according to coaches and players.
A year ago, the Missouri Tigers were in the midst of a tough stretch that included Southeastern Conference games against South Carolina and Georgia.
The odds were stacked against the Jefferson City Lady Jays on Saturday. Playing in the third-place game of the Capital City Invitational, Jefferson City faced a 6-2 deficit against Hickman late in the game and the Lady Jays had a pitcher throwing her first varsity game.
Jefferson City and Helias entered Wednesday night’s softball game at Duensing Field headed in opposite directions. Both kept going the same way. Jefferson City bashed out 15 hits and downed Helias 14-4 in six innings to improve to 6-0 on the season.
A decision in the final minutes of Jefferson City’s 22-14 victory against Belleville (Ill.) East on Friday night showed what head coach Ted LePage thought about his defense. Facing a fourth-and-short from the Belleville East 33-yard line, LePage decided to punt instead of go for a first down, putting the game in the hands of his defense. Jefferson City (2-0, No. 8 in Class 6) forced a safety to secure the victory. Known the past few years as a team that outscores its opponents, the Jays have shown in the first two weeks of the season a different style of football, one where defense has started to set the tone.
The third out proved to be difficult for the Fatima softball team all night long Tuesday. It ended up being too much to overcome. Four of Jefferson City’s five runs came with two outs, including a pair to break open a tie game in the bottom of the sixth as the Lady Jays held on to beat Fatima 5-3 at the American Legion Sports Complex.
Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel said he has changed his views on college athletes getting paid.
Needing a spark for an offense that had hit a wall, Missouri quarterback James Franklin turned back the clock Saturday afternoon at Faurot Field.
Belleville East had Jefferson City right where it wanted at halftime. The Lancers led 14-7 and had controlled the game on the ground.
There is a tradition of high finishes at the state meet that goes along with the cross country program at Jefferson City High School. But the Jays have missed out on qualifying for the meet in two of the last three seasons.
COLUMBIA — Following the 2000 season, then Toledo head coach Gary Pinkel had a decision to make. It was one some people would say he was crazy for eventually making.
Jefferson City head coach Ted LePage is a firm believer defense starts with the ability to stop the run. The Jays (1-0, No. 9 in Class 6) are likely to find out if that is true this week when they open the home schedule against Belleville East (Ill.) at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Adkins Stadium.
Missouri wants to play fast on offense. The question is, how fast? And how fast is too fast? Missouri showed glimpses of its somewhat revamped offense during Saturday’s 58-14 blowout of Murray State at Faurot Field. Of note was the tempo on offense. Missouri ran 56 offensive plays in the first half, a sign they want to waste no time getting down the field.
Location and a little defense was all Jefferson City pitcher Krista Brickey needed. The junior kept Rock Bridge off balance by hitting her spots as the Lady Jays defeated Rock Bridge 3-0 on Wednesday night at the American Legion Sports Complex.
Rock Bridge used its height to hit over the top of Jefferson City and powered its way to a 25-20, 25-22 sweep Tuesday night at Fleming Fieldhouse.
There were times last year when Missouri running back Russell Hansbrough said he wished he had redshirted.
There were just two games between Top 25 teams Saturday (Georgia vs. Clemson and LSU vs. TCU). The real problem resides when teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision play games against teams from the Football Championship Subdivision (see Missouri vs. Murray State).
With Jefferson City (1-0, No. 10 in Class 6) leading 24-7 early in the third quarter, a pair of McCluer North administrators drove onto the field in a golf cart. After talking with both coaching staffs and officials, the remainder of the game was called off due to a heat index of 105 degrees.
The long wait is finally over as the Tigers kick off the 2013 season against Murray State at 6 p.m. today (PPV-TV) at Faurot Field.
Despite reaching the Class 4 quarterfinals last year, Jefferson City head volleyball coach Chris Meyer detected a flaw in her team’s game. It was Jefferson City’s defense that ultimately kept the Lady Jays from reaching the Final Four. So during the summer and weeks leading up to today’s season opener, it’s been all about defense for the Lady Jays.
Jefferson City football fans may want to keep a roster handy the first few weeks of the season. That’s because the Jays are breaking in a new quarterback, new receivers, a new secondary, a new defensive line, a new offensive line and other assorted parts. The list goes on and on for a Jefferson City squad hungry to return to state prominence after a 7-4 season in 2012.
There was a time when Missouri quarterback James Franklin might have been considered one of college football’s rising quarterbacks. He finished the 2011 season with 3,846 yards of total offense, the fifth-highest mark in school history. He appeared ready to be the quarterback to lead Missouri into the Southeastern Conference. But after finishing with nearly 300 yards of total offense in the 2011 Independence Bowl victory against North Carolina, things seemed to spiral out of control.
Throughout fall camp there were plenty of questions surrounding Missouri’s defense. Who would step in and fill the gap on the defensive line left by Sheldon Richardson? Which defensive back would take pressure off all-conference cornerback E.J. Gaines? There weren’t a lot of questions about the middle.