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Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

COLUMN - TOUGH ROAD TEST AHEAD FOR BATTERED SIKESTON BULLDOGS

Wednesday, October 24, 2001

The Bulldogs picked the worst time of the year to play their worst game of the year last Thursday.

Now Sikeston is negative 13 in the district and gets to make that ghastly trip to Farmington to play the 7-1 Knights.

To make things worse, Justin Lowes and Kevin Keller are out nursing injuries. Farmington has fielded one of its better teams this year, beating North County, Ste. Genevieve and Hillsboro.

The Knights average around 240 pounds on the offensive line, and take advantage of it by playing caveman football, smashing it right at you all night.

Smart money rides with them. Since dropping to 4A, Sikeston is 0-for-3 against Thebeau.

Final score: Farmington 28, Sikeston 20

The Green Wave are back at full strength, and have rattled off two straight victories. Cinderella Portageville comes to town Friday in what should be the 2A District 1 title game.

If Malden can keep Portageville's offense off the field by methodically chipping the ball down the field with John Sutton, they've got a shot. But don't expect that to happen. The Bulldog defense is giving up 8.9 points per game, allowing just 14 points total in four SEMO South contests.

Portageville's team of 24 active players will get it done again.

Final score: Portageville 35, Malden 14

Last Friday Kennett's defense hit rock bottom, allowing 29 points to Fredericktown. If they can't stop Nick McDaniel and Kyle Stephens, what in the world will Dereke Tipler and Desmond Sims do to them?

Final score: NMCC 45, Kennett 14

It would take an act of God for Charleston not to beat this hapless team by at least 30 points. With running clock the entire second half, fans will have plenty of time to get home and see the wrong score on Heartland Football Friday.

KFVS 12 score: Grandview 40, Charleston 0

Actual score: Charleston 40, Grandview 0

The epic battle between East Prairie and Caruthersville has arrived. Two teams enter, but only one walks away with a 2-7 record.

Heads represents East Prairie, tails represents Caruthersville.

Tails it is.

Final score: Caruthersville 21, East Prairie 20

Last week it was very obvious the Bearcats are hungry for success after a decade of mediocrity.

Fredericktown won't be the team to shatter their hopes of a winning season.

Final score: Dexter 28, Fredericktown 14

Hayti will beat the Red Devils just as bad as they want. The Indians are 8-0, scoring 271 points while allowing just 34. We won't see another 1A team like this in our area for quite some time.

Final score: Hayti 48, Chaffee 8

* Last week Cape Central finally lived up to its preseason hype. Even more fans will be jumping back on the bandwagon after the Tigers hammer Perryville Friday. The Pirates are twice the team they were last year, but that's still not saying much.

Final score: Cape Central 35, Perryville 6

The Indians have something to prove after last week's unimpressive win over Vianney. The seventh best team in 5A isn't supposed to allow 242 passing yards to a three-win team.

Did the Golden Griffins find a chink in Jackson's armor? It probably won't matter this week. Howell's offense was non-existent against Bluff.

Final score: Jackson 40, Howell 7

Against Charleston, Crystal City opened the game and followed up every touchdown with an onside kick.

Is it any wonder they're riding a five-game losing streak? This week the Hornets won't have to resort to such ridiculous tactics. Scott City's 23-point win over Grandview doesn't mean much.

Final score: Crystal City 28, Scott City 20

The Golden Griffins gave the almighty JAX all it wanted in Week 1. Does that mean Vianney is the second best team in 5A District 1?

Nope.

That just shows Jackson might not be the best team in the district.

Final score: Poplar Bluff 28, Vianney 7