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The Carterville Lions will play their final SIRR Conference game of the season tonight when they travel to Pinckneyville to face the Panthers.

The Lions enter the game with a 5-2 record after their 54-32 win over Madison last week. With five wins under their belt, the Lions are now eligible for the ISHA playoffs.

While the Lions and Panthers battle it out in Pinckneyville, keep in mind there is another important football game that has an impact on the Lions. Just twelve miles away in Du Quoin, the Indians will host the Nashville Hornets in their final conference game of the year.

Lions fans should be Indian fans tonight. If Du Quoin can knock off the Hornets, there would be a three way tie for the conference title, with Carterville, Nashville and Du Quoin having a conference record of 3-1.

I had a chance to talk to Coach Brett Diel about tonight's matchup on the road.

You can hear tonight's game on NewsRadio WJPF (99.5 FM/AM 1340) starting with the pregame show. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

We hope to see you at the game tonight, but if you can't make it, you can watch our YouTube Livestream along with the radio call from me and Scott. Here is the link:

Finally, on a personal note. I just want to say thank you to those that reached out to me in the last couple of weeks after the passing of my mom. She was an incredible woman! From the bottom of my heart..."thank you"!

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Playing for a conference championship is just one the goals each and every hight school football team sets at the beginning of the football season. Not every team gets the opportunity to put a check mark next to that goal. Friday night, the Nashville Hornets and the Carterville Lions can mark that task as completed.

In a matchup of two 4-1 teams, the Carterville Lions are on the road at Nashville to face the Hornets.

The Hornets come in to the SIRR conference matchup with a 4-1 record over all. Nashville's one loss came in week two when they were beat by Freeburg 26-21. The Hornets have been on a roll since that loss averaging 47.6 points per game and only allowing 10 ppg in the last three weeks.

Carterville enters the game with an identical 4-1 record. After a season opening loss on the road a Benton, the Lions have rattled off four consecutive wins. The Lions enter Friday nights game average over 29 points per game and have allowed an average of 18 ppg.

Regardless of who wins on Friday, the winner will take control of the Mississippi side of the SIRR conference. The Hornets still have two more conference games remaining after this week, Pinckneyville in week seven and the DuQuoin Indians in week eight.

The Lions on the other hand only have one more conference game. That will be on October 15th, when the Lions host the Pinckneyville Panthers. The Lions will have the Madison Trojans next Friday in non-conference play.

None of the "future" games mean anything this week. This is the only game that matters. The winner does in fact take control of the conference.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the game. Mr. Scott Hudson (heavy on the Mister), will have the play call on NewsRadio WJPF (AM 1340/99.5 FM) starting with the pre-game show at approximately 6:45 PM.

Also, just a reminder that we will not have the Youtube live stream this week as well.

Let's go Lions! Bring home the win!

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Fresh off a thrilling 28-26 win over the Du Quoin Indians last Friday night, the Carterville Lions hit the road for this weeks' SIRR Conference game. The Lions will travel to Anna-Jonesboro to try and spoil the homecoming festivities of the Wildcats.

Last weeks game wasn't finally decided until there were less than two minutes left the game. That's when the Lions defense came up with the critical turnover to derail the drive fo the Indians. The Lions were able to run out the clock and pickup win number three on the season and start conference play in the win column.

If you missed it, here are some of the highlights from two point win over Du Quoin.

This Lions offense is on a roll this season as they average 27.75 points per game. The defense is equally as impressive as they are only allowing 19 points per game.

Here is my weekly conversation with Head Coach Brett Diel that will air during our pregame show before kickoff.

Game time is scheduled for a 7:00 PM kickoff. Scott Hudson and I will have our pre-game show starting at 6:40 PM on NewsRadio WJPF.

About last week's YouTube livestream.... Right from the get go, I started having problems with our network connection for the livestream. The audio was fine, but the video was jumpy all game long. I tried to correct the issue on the fly, but with no success. Once the game starts, my first responsibility is to the radio broadcast, so spending more than 60 seconds trying to fix an issue is impossible. Fingers crossed, we won't have problems for this weeks game.

Speaking of this weeks Youtube livestream. You can watch the game here from AJ:

As always....LETS GO LIONS!


Here is the lineup of games from around Southern Illinois this week

Pinckneyville at Du Quoin

Cahokia at Carbondale

Marion at Mt. Vernon

Nashville at Marquette

Red Bud at Sparta

Harrisburg at Massac County

Murphysboro at Herrin

Eldorado at Hamilton County

Carmi White County at Fairfield

Centralia at Althoff


Johnston City at Flora

Benton at West Frankfort (Saturday)

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  • Began his radio career in radio at WXAN (Ava, IL) in 1985

  • Has worked at several radio stations in the Southern Illinois area including, WDQN (DuQuoin, IL),  WQRL (Benton, IL), WDDD (Marion, IL).

  • Currently works for Max Media in Carterville, IL.  Dave has worked on each of the five station in that group including WOOZ (New Country Z100), WCIL-FM (Today's Hit Music 101.5CIL-FM), WUEZ (Magic 95.1), WJPF-WCIL-AM (NewsRadio WJPF), WXLT (103.5 ESPN).

  • On-Air Talent on New Country Z100 since 2004 and host/producer of the Saturday Morning Oldies Show.

  • Host of "Riding the Pine", on 103.5 ESPN, a weekly sports talk show covering the Southern Illinois Miners, Southern Illinois' minor league baseball team in Marion, IL.

  • Program Director for 1035 ESPN

  • Play-by-play announcer for Carterville High School sports including football and basketball on NewsRadio WJPF.

  • Fill-in host for the Morning Newswatch with Tom Miller, heard Monday-Friday on NewsRadio WJPF.

  • Emcee/host for Music & Motion Marching Band field competition held each October at Saluki Stadium hosted by the SIU School of Music (2011-2016).

  • Emcee/host for the Walk for a Cure for Arthritis held every May at the University Mall in Carbondale, IL.

  • Main stage Emcee for the first Bluegill Music Festival held July 4th, 2015 at the Rend Lake Dam.  Over 20 music acts performed throughout the day.

  • Herrinfesta Italiana stage host for various music acts

  • Commercial voice-over work

  • Live remote broadcasts at various businesses and events throughout Southern Illinois.

  • Event Coordinator for five station group

  • Experienced HR/Safety/Environmental Manager for manufacturing and transportation companies.

  • Public Address Announcer for the Southern Illinois Miners Minor League Baseball team (2016).

  • 2016 Illinois Broadcasters Association "Silver Dome Award" 2nd place for Best Sportscaster in Medium Market radio.

  • 2017 Illinois Broadcasters Associations "Silver Dome Award" 2nd place for "Best Radio Play-by-Play for Medium Market Stations".

  • 2017 Southern Illinois Miners On-Field Host

  • Two-time segment host of the "show that made country music famous", the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN (February 7, 2010 and May 6, 2017)

  • On-Field Host for the Southern Illinois Miners Minor Leagues Baseball team (2017-2021)

  • 2018 & 2019 Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Award Winner for Best Play-by-play in Illinois.

  • 2018/2019/2021/2022 PONY Baseball International Colt World Series Play-by-play

  • 2019 Play-by-play Broadcaster for National Pro Fastpitch TV (Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois)

  • 2022/23/24 - Play-by-play Broadcaster of John A. Logan College Men and Womens Basketball

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