SIKESTON - The Sikeston junior varsity football team improved to 2-0 on the season with an 8-7 win over Cape Central's jayvee.
Cape Central scored in the first quarter to lead 7-0. Sikeston was able to score in the second quarter and successfully run a two-point conversion to provide the difference in the game.
"We weren't mentally ready to play in the first quarter," said Sikeston head coach Charlie Vickery. "In the second quarter, we were a totally different ballteam."
Sikeston's Lavar Morgan capped a 70-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run. Nathan Eaves ran in the two-point conversion to give the Bulldogs an 8-7 lead.
Defenses took over after that.
"After the first quarter, we played well," said Vickery. "Offensively we had some moments and we had a great drive in the second quarter. Eaves did a good job at quarterback in place of Stephen Miller. We got Lavar some experience and some carries at tailback to get him ready to go for Friday. Other than the first quarter we played a good ballgame."
Sikeston's JV will play at Cape Central on Sept. 17 at 4 p.m.
CHAFFEE - The Sikeston ninth grade football team shutout the Chaffee junior varsity on Monday, winning 18-0.
Sikeston (1-1) played impressive defense, allowing Chaffee to cross midfield only a couple of times.
The score could've been much worse but a handful of penalties and turnovers cost several scoring chances.
For the second time this year, Felante Larry intercepted a pass and returned it for a score. But for the second time, the TD was called back by a clipping penalty away from the play.
He also did it against New Madrid County Central's junior varsity, when he returned one 103 yards.
Other than that, Larry was the star on the Bulldogs' offense, scoring three touchdowns.
"The first half we had turnovers, obviously, and we had a lot of penalties," said Sikeston junior high head coach Gary Silverthorn. "We're having some problems with that. There are some things we still need to work on. We posted the shutout and that's good, but we had another touchdown called back. Felante had a very good night, he's got good speed of course."
Sikeston racked up more than 300 yards rushing in the game and controlled the line of scrimmage.
Larry ran for 134 yards on six carries. He had scoring runs of 28 and 55 yards and also caught a 13-yard TD pass from Bryce Wibbenmeyer.
"We moved the ball very well," said Silverthorn. "As a matter of fact, that's what set up the outside. We just kept pounding up the middle and they started shooting linebackers so we took advantage of it."
Apollo Patterson ran for 74 yards on 13 carries before leaving with an injury. He had a 71-yard TD run called back from a clipping behind the play.
Others were fullback Cullen DeHart (11 carries, 56 yards) and Brandon Williams (3 carries, 42 yards).