(Photos by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston freshman football team lost a heartbreaker to Cape Central 20-18 Saturday morning at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium.
Down 14-6 at halftime, the Bulldogs used good defense and a strong running game to dominate the Tigers for most of the second half. Sikeston cut into the Tiger lead in the third quarter when linebacker Ray Clark intercepted a Cape Central pass and ran the ball 35 yards for the score. The two-point conversion failed and the Tigers still held a slim 14-12 lead.
After a fumble recovery by Trey Lewis, Sikeston scored again when Darryl Howard raced 60 yards for the score, giving Sikeston a 18-14 lead with 8 minutes remaining.
Sikeston seemed to have the game in hand until Cape Central's Keilon Moore connected with Kris Nunley over the middle. Nunley took the ball and outran Sikeston defenders for a 41-yard touchdown reception with only 30 seconds left to play for the game-winner.
However, Cape Central's Moore threw two touchdowns in the second quarter, including a 38-yard pass to Zach Boerboom as time expired in the first half.
Sikeston (2-3) will be back in action Thursday when they travel to East Prairie at 6 p.m.