PORTAGEVILLE -- Portageville posted its most impressive win of the season Friday night, defeating Class 3 Kennett 27-17. "This is a big win for us," said Portageville coach Jim McKay. "All of our coaches, the fans and the kids are really excited. Kennett's got a good ballclub and we don't beat them too many times."
Portageville's defense held Kennett to 167 yards. Speedster Tyree Goolsby was limited to 76 yards on 23 attempts. "We've got a pretty good defensive team," said McKay. "Like everybody else, our strategy was to keep Goolsby hemmed up. We did a pretty good job of that."
Goolsby was still a thorn in Portageville's side though, scoring on an 82-yard interception return and an 80-yard kickoff return.
"We practiced all week on kicking off and punting away from him," explained McKay. "But we messed around and accidentally kicked it to him. He ran it back 80 yards, then when we were in the red zone, he intercepted the ball and ran it back for another touchdown. Then (Kennett) got a safety, and that was all their scoring. We felt like we played a real good defensive game."
Aaron Bidewell had a big night for the Bulldogs. As a running back, he rushed for 43 yards on 13 carries. He also caught two passes for 50 yards with one TD.
On defense, he recorded 11 tackles with five solos.
"He played real well," said McKay. "We try to keep him as free as possible, and he made a lot of tackles off the corner."
Linebacker Tyler Boatwright had 11 tackles with three solos, defensive lineman Josh Johnson had 12 tackles with one solo, and linebacker Ryan Wilson had 11 with three solos. "We got some scores and some good field possession off some turnovers from the defense," said McKay.
Quarterback Lance Penn made his first start of the season, throwing for 61 yards on 3-of-10 passing. Antonio Scott scored three touchdowns, rushing for 72 yards on 14 carries. His first score came with 3:41 left in the second quarter on a one-yard plunge to make it 7-0. Goolsby then tied the score with his interception return to make it 7-7 at halftime. In the third quarter, Penn was tackled for a safety to give Kennett a 9-7 lead.
The Bulldogs retook the lead early in the fourth as Scott broke loose for a 39-yard TD run. The two-point conversion failed, making the score 13-9.
With 6:49 left in the game, Penn hooked up with Bidewell for a 20-yard TD pass to make it 19-9. On the following possession, Scott recovered a Kennett fumble and returned it 38 yards to paydirt.
Penn hit Danny Scherer for the two-point conversion, making the score 27-9. Goolsby scored the final touchdown of the game with 5:37 left, returning a kickoff 80 yards. Dontavis Jones threw a two-point conversion pass to O'Brien Jones to make it 27-17.
Portageville (4-0) will host Hayti on Friday in a game between unbeaten teams.
HAYTI -- Hayti won its fourth game on the young season with a 49-0 shutout of visiting Brentwood. The Indians wasted no time getting on the board as the first play from scrimmage was a 48 yard TD run from Jason Covington for a 6-0 lead.
Covington added another touchdown in the second quarter from 22 yards out. Quarterback Pete Peterson found Luster for a two-point conversion pass to make it 14-0.
William Moore then caught a touchdown pass to make it 21-0 at halftime.
In the second half, Hayti's defense clamped down, allowing Brentwood just eight yards of offense. They finished with 107 in the game compared to Hayti's 334.
Peterson hooked up with Moore for a 35-yard TD pass, Danny Fane scored a 45-yard TD run, then Ronald Johnson returned a fumble 15 yards for another score.
In the game, Randall Gilmore tied a school record in hitting 5 consecutive PATs. He shares the record with Ronnie Thomas in 1963.
The tribe had 12 first downs and 334 total yards while Brentwood had nine first downs and three turnovers, dropping to 1-4.
Hayti (4-0) will travel to Portageville next week in a battle of unbeatens with the SEMO South Conference title at stake.