SIKESTON - On a cool and crisp fall night, the Sikeston Bulldogs soccer team downed Marion Ill. 2-1 at the Sikeston Complex on Thursday night.
Blake Taylor scored a goal and assisted on a goal scored by Timmy Hart as Sikeston survived a late goal by the Wildcats to take the victory.
The Bulldogs outshot the Wildcats on the night 17-15 and excellent play in goal by Scott Droddy prevented Marion for scoring more goals. Droddy had 14 saves on the night.
Some controversy erupted in the first period as Wildcat player seemed to score a goal to put up Marion 1-0. After the celebration ended for the Wildcats, officials ruled that Marion was offsides and the goal was not allowed.
"It was a good call," said Sikeston head coach Derrick Long. "I had a good look at it and the correct call was made."
Taylor and Hart scored the two goals for Sikeston and Andrew Box assisted on the Taylor goal. Joe Clancy scored the only goal for the Wildcats with 10 seconds left in the match.
"We lost 2-1 to them at their place so it was nice to get them back," said Long. "We took control early in the second half and that seemed to put them on their heels. The guys played hard and with only nine guys available for play, they played a good hard fought game."
Sikeston was without the services of Justin Deere who has a broken toe. Coach Long believes Deere will be ready to play by the time district play rolls around.
In junior varsity action, Marion defeated Sikeston 3-1. Ashton Cantrell scored the goal and Clay Tongate assisted on the play.
Sikeston (6-7) will host Fredericktown on Monday at the Sikeston Complex.
KENNETT - The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs tennis team traveled to Kennett to take on the Indians. Sikeston fell 8-1 in singles and doubles action.
Jenni DeWitt picked up the only victory for the Lady Bulldogs in singles action as she outlasted Suzanne Carter from Kennett 9-8 as she won the tie-breaker 7-3. DeWitt improves to 13-0 in singles this season.
"We had a tough match today," said Sikeston coach Lynne DeWitt. "We have so many illnesses and injuries that we have to get over."
Only one junior varsity match was played as Taylor Allen lost to Hanna Lack 6-0 in singles.
Sikeston (4-10) will travel to Jackson on Saturday to take on the Lady Indians in doubles only.
1. Jenni DeWitt (S) def. Suzanne Carter, 9-8 (7-3).
2. Katie Potts (K) def. Tess Marshall, 8-4.
3. Christina DeRock (K) def. Emily Bowman, 8-5.
4. Katelyn Geary (K) def. Brittney Bard, 8-0.
5. Brook Burcham (K) def. Megan Underhill, 8-2.
6. Susan Shetley (K) def. Emily Pace, 8-1.
1. Carter/Potts (K) def. DeWitt/Marshall, 9-7.
2. DeRock/Geary (K) def. Bowman/Bard, 8-1.
3. Burcham/Shetley (K) def. Underhill/Pace, 8-1.
SIKESTON - The Sikeston 8th and 9th grade football teams were swept on Thursday evening at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium by Jackson's junior high programs.
Sikeston's 8th graders fell 27-14 to the undefeated Jackson Indians. The Bulldog 9th graders lost 42-14.
In the 8th grade game, Sikeston fell behind early as Jackson quarterback Tommy Selser naked bootleg 42 yards untouched for the touchdown. The Indians then ran the "swinging gate" on the extra point and saw Matt Crader score on the two-point conversion.
Jackson took a 14-6 lead later in the second quarter on a 6-yard run by Cole Rogers.
Sikeston managed to get on the scoreboard before the half to cut the lead to 14-6. Eli Jackson broke a 35-yard run to set up another big play, a halfback option pass by Dewane Harris to Cory Simmons from 19-yards out. One play later, Deadrian Grissom scored from the 1 with 22 seconds left.
Jackson put the game away in the third quarter as Selser scored on an 11-
yard TD run to extend the lead to 20-6. Later, the Indians extended the lead to 27-6.
Sikeston got a late score when Jackson scored on a 9-yard touchdown run. Harris provided the two-point conversion run.
Harris also had an 85-yard kick return for a touchdown called back by a clipping penalty.
Harris rushed for 70 yards on nine carries. Jackson rushed for 83 yards on 10 carries.
Jackson was led by Rogers' 120 yards rushing on 17 carries.
In the 9th grade game, Sikeston never seriously challenged the Indians. Jackson led 22-8 at the half. Darenick Washington provided both touchdowns on runs of 20 and 61 yards. He had 90 yards on four carries.
Adrian Dixon had 25 yards rushing on six carries. Tyrone Bateman added 60 yards rushing on seven carries.
BENTON -- Kelly parlayed strong pitching and hitting into a 9-1 win over East Prairie on Thursday.
The Lady Hawks banged 12 hits and got a one-hit pitching performance from Kalie Hughes (3-4), who struck out nine and walked three.
Katee Moore went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and RBI, Brittany Ponder had three hits in four trips with one RBI and Brittany Brantley collected two hits in three at-bats with a RBI to pace the offense.
Mindy Robert was Kelly's leading run producer with three RBIs, including a two-run double.
"The girls settled down and hit today," said Kelly coach Rhonda Ratledge. "We usually have trouble with slower pitchers. This could be a team we'll see in districts, so it kind of gave the girls a little confidence."
Kelly (16-9) hosts Notre Dame today at 4 p.m., then closes out the regular season at Jackson on Monday.
Kelly, in Class 2, District 5, opens district competition against Clearwater on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Three Rivers Community College.