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SHS gets ready for season with scrimmage

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Sikeston's Felante Larry evades the pack for an 80-yard touchdown.
SIKESTON - The annual Sikeston Bulldog Red and Black Scrimmage, or what is commonly called the "soap game," was held on Friday night at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium.

The scrimmage is used to give fans their first glimpse of the football team while also giving the players a chance to play under the lights for the first time in a game-type situation.

No official score was kept, but the Red team defeated the White team 12-0.

"I thought our enthusiasm was good and we had a pretty good intensity level," said first year head coach Jerry Dement. "Obviously we made loads of mistakes, but we also had a lot of nice things happen on both sides of the football. We had some good hits on defense and we had some nice blocks, some nice catches and runs on offense. We've got a lot of mental things to clean up, but the effort's there.

"There was nothing disappointing that I saw. I want to look at the film and see more of what happened. I wasn't surprised by anything. I know what these kids can and can't do and they just kind of reaffirmed that as much as anything.

Sikeston defensive lineman Joe Johnson wraps up running back Michael Geralds.
Each team ran 12 plays and then swapped over to the defensive side. The White team, comprised of mostly junior varsity players and sophomores, failed to score on their opening 12-play series against what is most likely the Bulldogs' first team defense.

The Red team was able to score in six plays on their opening series. B.J. Green scored the touchdown on a 10-yard tackle trap play. The play was set up by many nice plays, including a 19-yard pass completion to tight end Ross Merideth from quarterback Bryce Wibbenmeyer, and a 25-yard run by Brandon Williams.

After the touchdown, the Red team had the ball re-spotted at the 20-yard line for another series.

This time it took just one play to score at Wibbenmeyer hit Felante Larry on a curl route. Larry, an all-state track and field member, put a couple moves on defenders and out-sprinted the rest of the defense to the end zone for an 80-yard touchdown.

"I think the people saw that we've got some skill kids that if we get the ball to them they can do some things with it," said Dement.

Neither team was able to score again but there were some other nice plays that stood out, particularly several pinpoint passes by Wibbenmeyer and sophomore quarterback Joey Williams.

Wibbenmeyer completed 11-of-16 passes for 201 yards with a touchdown.

Williams was 5-of-12 passing for 60 yards.

"Bryce made good decisions," said Dement. "He threw the ball where they could catch it. He checked off to some of his second and third receivers. I really thought Bryce did a nice job. I was really pleased with his play. And also our young quarterback. Joey Williams is a new kid to the program. He had some mistakes, but he also pulled some plays and did a nice job too."

On the ground, Brandon Williams led the Red team with 33 yards on three carries. Apollo Patterson had 32 yards on four carries. Acie Dixon had one carry for 16 yards. Wayne Guthrie had a 15-yard run.

In the receiving department, Larry had two catches for 110 yards. Merideth was two catches for 40 yards. Tyler Woodson added a 16-yard reception while Thomas Elery had an 11-yard reception.

For the White team, Michael Geralds led all ball carriers with 44 yards on six carries. He also had a 10-yard reception. Gerald Winfield added an 18-yard reception. Austin Williams and Tyler Baker both hauled in 15-yard receptions.

"I thought the offensive line played pretty good for their first time together as a unit," said Dement. "We had some nice things happen defensively also -- had a couple pickoffs and some fumble recoveries. It was a pretty good night overall, evaluating people with what they can and can't do. It gives us a starting point. One thing it does is let us start setting up some depth charts of who's going to be a varsity football and who's probably ready to be a junior varsity football player. We ended up fairly healthy, so that's always an important issue."

Sikeston will compete in a jamboree scrimmage on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at East Prairie. The regular season will start on Sept. 3 at Caruthersville at 7 p.m.