Football

Saturday's other state games

Eastern Kentucky at Southeast Missouri

Time: 2 p.m.

Record: EKU 5-3 (4-1 OVC); SEMO 3-5 (1-3)

What to watch: The Colonels, on a four-game winning streak, can move into a first-place tie in the Ohio Valley Conference with UT Martin by defeating the Redhawks. SEMO enters the game after upsetting Tennessee State in overtime last week. ... Eastern is fourth nationally and first in the OVC in turnovers with plus nine. The Colonels are plus 10 in the last three games and have scored 30 points off opponents' mistakes. ... EKU place-kicker Taylor Long has tied the school record with his 126th PAT. He also kicked a career-high 50-yard field goal in a 20-7 win over Eastern Illinois last week.

Valparaiso at Morehead St.

Time: 1 p.m.

Record: VU 2-5 (1-3 Pioneer); MSU 3-5 (1-3)

What to watch: The Eagles will have a new QB in freshman Jordan Ellis or sophomore Jared Phillips. Evan Sawyer suffered a knee injury at Butler and won't play. ... MSU defensive end Andrew Doan leads the Pioneer in tackles for loss with 1.5 a game. Mason Webb is the top punter (41.9-yard average).

Georgetown at Pikeville

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Record: Georgetown 3-4 (1-3 Mid-South East); Pikeville 1-7 (0-3)

What to watch: The Tigers will try to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. They are 7-0 against the Bears. ... "Being mentally prepared when playing a 1-7 team isn't easy," Georgetown Coach Bill Cronin said. ... The Tigers committed no turnovers in last week's win over Campbellsville after making seven the week before against Cumberlands. ...Pikeville is led by QB Dan Wideman. The Bears lost to 10th-ranked Virginia Wise 14-6 last week.

North Texas at Western Ky.

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Record: UNT 0-8; WKU 2-6

What to watch: The Mean Green outscored Western 20-6 in the second half last year, spoiling the finale of WKU's first transitional year to Bowl Subdivision with a 27-26 upset. ... The Hilltoppers can finish no better than .500, ending their run of 12 winning seasons. ... Don't expect a high-scoring game. The Tops are averaging 18.8 points; the Green average 16.9 points.

Elsewhere

1:30 — Union (6-2, 3-1 MSC East) at Virginia-Wise (7-1, 4-0)

1:30 — Cumberlands (7-1, 4-0) at Campbellsville (2-6, 1-2)

1:30 — Kentucky Christian (1-6) at Southern Virginia (2-6)

2 — Centre (4-3, 2-2 SCAC) at Rhodes (3-4, 1-3)

2 —Kentucky State (3-6, 1-6 SIAC) at Benedict (4-5, 3-4)

2 — Lake Erie (2-7) at Kentucky Wesleyan (3-5)

2:30 — Murray St. (3-5) at Eastern Illinois (3-5)

Rick Bailey

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