SIKESTON - The Sikeston junior varsity football team opened its season with a 14-6 win over Charleston on Tuesday.
Sikeston jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter. The Bulldogs scored again late in the fourth quarter to lead 14-0.
Charleston was able to score a touchdown with about 30 seconds left to make things interesting at 14-6, but they couldn't get any closer.
"It was really a good ballgame," said Sikeston head coach Charlie Vickery. "It was close, a good hard hitting game and both teams played well."
Lavar Morgan scored for the Bulldogs on a 20-yard run to give Sikeston a 6-0 lead. Quarterback Nathan Eaves then found Lee Wilson for a two-point conversion pass to lead 8-0.
In the fourth quarter, Morgan struck paydirt again, this time from six-yards out. The two-point conversion failed to leave the score at 14-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, Charleston returned it to the Bulldog 15. Trentez Lane scored the touchdown to put the Bluejays on the scoreboard.
Morgan and Eaves, who are normally a receiver and running back, were shifted to new positions for the game.
"Lavar had been at receiver and we moved him to tailback and he did a good job," said Vickery. "Sam Owens also ran well at tailback. Really we didn't have a quarterback available tonight. Nathan hadn't even taken a snap until yesterday. He played the entire game tonight just out of necessity. Stephen Miller, our normal jayvee quarterback, had a sprained ankle and wasn't quite ready to go."
Sikeston's JV will host Cape Central on Monday at 6 p.m.
NMCC JV 6, Sikeston 9th 2
NEW MADRID - The New Madrid County Central junior varsity was able to hold off Sikeston's ninth grade team 6-2 on Tuesday at NMCC High School.
In a defensive battle, NMCC's only touchdown was scored by Jacob May on a 9-yard scoring pass from quarterback Chris Nance.
Sikeston had a pair of scoring opportunities slip through its fingers. Late in the first half, the Bulldogs drove to the goal line, only to be stuffed on 4th-and-inches.
On the next play, NMCC fumbled in the end zone resulting in the safety.
Sikeston's other shot to score came in the third quarter when Felonte Larry intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned it 103 yards untouched for the touchdown. But a clipping penalty back at the 50-yard line negated the score.
"We played sound defense both halves," said junior high coach Gary Silverthorn. "I think offensively it just took us a while to get going. We were moving the ball well against a big New Madrid team. We had a couple of key fumbles and then we had the interception return, but the clipping hurt us."
Sikeston was led in rushing by Apollo Patterson with 72 yards on 14 carries. Cullen DeHart rushed for 13 yards on six carries.
NMCC was led in rushing by Vaughn Shephard's 108 yards on 18 carries. He also had a 23-yard reception.
Bryan Williams had 15 yards on six carries while Edgar Givens had 42 yards on two carries.
Nance completed 2-of-6 passes for 32 yards.
"We've been scrimmaging against the eighth graders and we weren't used to big hitters," said Silverthorn. "We haven't gone up against any big kids so they just weren't ready for it in the first half."
The loss marks the first for the Sikeston ninth grade class, who were undefeated on the eighth grade level a year ago.