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Sikeston fell behind 14-0 but were able to rally and tie things up in the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs got on the board in the third quarter when Travis Hudson returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown with 8:00 left. Ryan Dicus provided the extra point to make it 14-7.
The Bulldogs tied it in the fourth quarter on a 23-yard touchdown run by Acie Dixon with 7:00 left in the game. Dicus again kicked the point after to tie the score at 14-14.
However the Bulldogs weren't able to pull out the victory as the Tigers scored with 10 seconds left to seal the win.
"We showed a lot of heart when we got down 14-0," said Sikeston assistant Alan Scheeter. "We let the game get away from us at the end but we gained some valuable experience. We'll just improve from this and get better."
SIKESTON - The Sikeston ninth grade football lost its season opener on Monday with a 26-6 defeat at the hands of Dexter at SPS Stadium.
The Bearcats were able to take a 26-0 lead before the Bulldogs broke the shutout with 1:44 left in the game.
Jerod Scott's 1-yard plunge kept the Bulldogs from getting blanked.
"The kids showed some heart and they didn't give up," said junior high coach Chris Crosby. "The kids kept battling and they were able to punch it in the end zone there at the end."
Dexter scored in the first quarter on an 86-yard run by Zach Ventura to make it 6-0.
Dexter then scored twice in the second quarter on 47 and 38-yard scoring passes to Logan Swindell from Josh Stevens.
Stevens added one more scoring pass, a 7-yarder to Jimmy Deberry to round out the scoring.
"This is the first time we've gotten to have a full scrimmage or game," said Crosby. "With our small numbers we had a lot of kids out of position. They gave a good effort but we just ran out of gas in the second half."