Area teams compete on the gridiron
KENNETT - The Charleston Bluejays started the football season on the right foot, knocking off the home team Kennett Indians 35-32 on Friday night.
The Bluejays' dynamic duo of Jordy Mixon and Dontay Clark combined for five touchdowns. They also had two long TD runs called back.
"This is a big win -- they were tough, I knew they had a good club," said Charleston head coach Brent Anderson. "We played well offensively. We kept the ball inside the tackles. Mixon had a huge night and Clark ran the option well. I was pleased with the effort overall."
Charleston led 35-17 before the Indians mounted a comeback. The Bluejays ended the rally when they recovered an onside kick with about two minutes to play.
"I was disappointed in our defense," said Anderson. "We had a roughing the passer on 4th-and-15, we gave up a 19-yard pass on 4th-and-17, we allowed a kick return for a TD. If we do that next week then we're going to get our butts kicked."
Charleston will play at Sikeston on Friday night while the Indians will play at Caruthersville.
EAST PRAIRIE - The Hayti Indians weren't very sharp offensively, but they were dominant on defense.
East Prairie managed just 56 yards of offense on the night. They ran 31 times for 38 yards.
Hayti gained 261 yards of offense, but the Indians fumbled six times, losing all of them.
Hayti led just 12-0 entering the fourth quarter but a score with 4:56 left and a TD with 52 seconds left made the score more lopsided.
Demarcus Stewart led the Indians with 75 yards rushing. Jason Covington had 44 yards and two TD runs while quarterback Matt Morgan had 54 yards rushing with a TD.
Hayti will play at Malden on Friday while East Prairie will travel to Corning, Ark.
PORTAGEVILLE - Gosnell built a 27-0 lead before the Bulldogs outscored their Arkansas adversaries 20-12 in the second half.
"They were pretty dominant," said Portageville head coach Jim McKay. "They have an outstanding team. I was proud of our kids -- they battled and played hard all the way through. It was a good ballgame for us to see what we need to work on."
McKay pointed out Dantwan Chillers, Kyle Ezell, Antonio Scott and Paul Recker as having standout performances.
Portageville will play at Scott City on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Senior Marcus Klund made his presence felt in his Cape Central debut Friday night, scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Tigers opened the 2001 campaign with 21-7 victory over St. Charles West.
Klund, who rushed for 1,421 yards as a junior at Scott City last year, broke a 7-7 tie with 9:12 left in the game, hauling in a 24-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Mitch Craft. Chris Jones added the extra point for a 14-7 lead.
Less than three minutes later, Klund broke loose for a 15-yard touchdown run. Jones again tacked on the PAT for a commanding 21-7 lead.
Cape Central (1-0) had trouble shaking the Warriors, a team they defeated last year 35-0 in a 7-5 season that ended in the Class 4A quarterfinals. The teams, committing three turnovers apiece, had been deadlocked 7-7 since halftime.
Cape Central used an interception from Monroe Hicks, one of two by the junior safety, to spark its first touchdown of the season. One play after a Tiger turnover deep in their own end, Hicks intercepted a pass at the Central 5 and returned it to the 46.
A 54-yard drive ensued, capped by a 3-yard bootleg run by Craft at the 7:59 mark of the second quarter. Jones added the PAT for a 7-0 lead.
St. Charles West (0-1) tied the game 7-7 with nine seconds left in the half as Shawn Manning scored on a 2-yard quarterback sneak.
Craft completed 8 of 11 passes for 128 yards with one interception. He also carried eight times for 49 yards. Cape Central returns to action next Friday when New Madrid County Central visits Houck Stadium.
SCOTT CITY -- Kevin Collier won his first game as head coach of the Malden Green Wave, holding off a second half-rally by conference rival Scott City to pull out a 19-13 victory.
"Our kids fought back and played a real good fourth quarter," said Collier. "The guys showed a lot of guts tonight."
Junior running back John Sutton ran in two touchdowns and standout quarterback Jamall Kilgore scored one.
The Green Wave took a 13-0 lead into halftime, but saw the Rams rally to tie the score in the third quarter. Brad Glen returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown, then scored a 13-yard touchdown later in the quarter.
Sutton scored the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter from two yards out. Malden (1-0) will host Hayti in Week 2, while Scott City (0-1) will host Portageville.
CHAFFEE -- Chaffee opened the 2001 season on a high note, defeating Grandview 16-8.
"I was really pleased with how the team played," said Chaffee coach Alan Horrell. "With all the skill players we lost from last year, I really didn't know what to expect. This is definitely the way we needed to start the season."
Chaffee running back Jeremy Hahn rushed for 175 yards on 29 carries and scored two touchdowns
"I was very pleased with Hahn," said Horrell. "Hopefully he's going to be our go-to guy."
In the first quarter, Chaffee's Brandon Davis booted a 30-yard field goal to give the Red Devils a 3-0 lead. Grandview managed to take an 8-3 lead into halftime, but Chaffee answered in the second half with Hahn's two touchdown runs.
Quarterback Derek Urhahn threw for 76 yards on 7-of-14 passing. James Reischman led all receivers with two catches for 51 yards.
Chaffee (1-0) will host Fredericktown in Week 2.
DEXTER -- Bob Larkins led the Mules in rushing, gaining 120 yards on 10 carries. Maurice Moss finished with 101 yards on 20 carries. Quarterback Michael Crunk threw for 177 yards on 8-of-24 passing.
Matt Burnett led Dexter in rushing with 90 yards on 19 carries. He and Josh Lilly scored the Bearcats' two touchdowns.
Junior quarterback Preston Clark threw for 65 yards on 7-of-26 passing. Jeff Rawson caught three of those for 44 yards to lead Dexter's receivers.
Poplar Bluff (1-0) will travel to Blytheville in Week 2, while Dexter (0-1) travels to Arkansas to play Jonesboro Westside.