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Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

Bulldogs golden in gold pants

Sunday, November 3, 2002

Three gold pants appearances. Three wins.

At the rate this is going, head coach Charlie Vickery may want to bust out the gold pants more often.

They've kind of been a good luck charm.

But luck had nothing to do with Friday's dominating 33-16 win against SEMO North rival Poplar Bluff.

Although the final score doesn't look that bad, the Bulldogs probably could've tacked on a couple more scores in the fourth and they definitely could've shut the Mules out if they were interested in impressing the pollsters.

But in a typical sign of class, Vickery gave the younger players a chance to get in on the action.

Contrary to last week, Cape Central kept its starting defensive unit in the game until the final snap. Sikeston was able to break through with a couple scores but couldn't get the margin under the important 13-point rule.

I think Friday's game with Poplar Bluff was Sikeston's most complete performance of the year. DeWitt was back to his old self on the option and he was efficient with the pass. And the defense was simply stifling, no matter what Poplar Bluff's final stats may say.

The bottom line is the Bulldogs' starting defense shutout the Mules.

A road date with Perryville on Thursday night will most likely end the Bulldogs' season, because frankly, I don't see Poplar Bluff beating Cape Central.

If the Mules were to somehow pull out the upset, then there would be a three-way tie for the district championship. For Sikeston to have a chance, Poplar Bluff would need to win by 13 or more and the Bulldogs would have to beat Perryville by 13 or more.

That would enforce the MSHSAA 13-Point Tie Breaker System with Cape Central, Sikeston and Poplar Bluff, each at +13 in the district. In this case, the qualifying team would be determined by totaling the won/loss record against common opponents. If there is still a tie after this, then the team with the best record would advance.

Just thinking about this stuff makes me see cross-eyed.

Regardless, Sikeston's chances of reaching the playoffs are slim. Very slim. But if they can pull out a win against Perryville, that would mark a 7-2 season, the Bulldogs' best record since 1995 when they went 9-2.

* Major kudos to head coach Aaron Pixley and the Dexter Bearcats. Not only did they end an 11-year losing streak to New Madrid County Central with a 21-7 win, but they did it without top rusher Matt Burnett for the majority of the game.

Several milestones were reached with the win. First and foremost, the Bearcats will play for the Class 3, District 1 championship next Friday against Fredericktown. Dexter hasn't won a district title since 1992.

Secondly, the Bearcats clinched the SEMO Central title for the first time since 1998 when they were co-champions under head coach Kevin Collier. It's the Bearcats' first outright title since 1987.

And lastly, Dexter's seventh win is the team's most since 1987.

* On the flip side, NMCC's loss to Dexter snapped the Eagles' seven-year stranglehold on the district and a five-year run in the SEMO Central Conference. It also guarantees the Eagles of their first losing season since 1996.

Nothing lasts forever.

Not even the greatest programs can sustain dominance. (See Jefferson City)