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Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

COLUMN - IT'S TIME TO SEE HOW GOOD THIS SIKESTON TEAM REALLY IS

Wednesday, September 19, 2001

After opening the season with a 27-point loss to Jackson, many expected Sikeston to struggle against improved Charleston and Dexter teams, but it didn't happen.

With solid defense and outstanding special teams, the Bulldogs hammered the Bluejays 36-15 in Week 2, then shocked the Bearcats 38-6 last Friday.

Does this mean the Bulldogs are much better than expected, considering Jackson is just killing everybody on their schedule?

Or has Sikeston's competition the last couple of weeks been overrated?

The answer comes Friday night when Tyree Goolsby and the Kennett Indians pay a visit to SPS Stadium.

If you compare common opponents, Sikeston should win. Kennett lost to Charleston in Week 1, the same team the Bulldogs rolled over two weeks ago.

But Kennett is different now, coming off an impressive victory over Pocahontas, Ark. They've got playmakers all over the field.

Last year Sikeston had no answer for the Indians' speed, allowing 515 yards of offense in a 41-27 loss. Kennett returns basically that same team.

Fortunately for Bulldog fans, Sikeston isn't the same.

Final score: Sikeston 27, Kennett 21

Charleston at NMCC

NMCC has flashed its potential, but can't seem to sustain it for four quarters. This week, everything will come together and the Eagles will break the 28-point barrier for the first time. Charleston never seems to catch a break when these two play.

Final score: NMCC 35, Charleston 13

Poplar Bluff has been impressive in the early season, winning its three games by an average score of 36 to 12. Cape Central might test the Mules more this week, but Bluff will still pass with flying colors. The Tigers don't have much offense.

Final score: Poplar Bluff 28, Cape Central 14

Jackson at Graves County

Jackson has been putting up huge numbers this season, and should do the same this week against a struggling Graves County squad.

Too bad the Indians aren't still playing Dyersburg in Week 4. Oh well, chalk up another 42-0 blowout for the almighty Indians.

Final score: Jackson 42, Graves County 0

Of all the rivalries in southeast Missouri, the Hayti-Caruthersville matchup might be the most intense. The Tigers hold a commanding 47-13-2 edge in the series, but history won't keep the Indians from rolling to victory this year.

If you're not in fightin' shape, do yourself a favor and listen to this one on the radio.

Final score: Hayti 41, Caruthersville 12

The Green Wave looked solid in their opener, edging traditional power Scott City, 19-13. But since then, both Malden and Scott City have fallen off the wagon and are now considered two of the worst teams in the area. Dexter isn't as bad as last week's loss might indicate, and will prove that with a convincing Week 4 victory.

Final score: Dexter 35, Malden 14

Last week East Prairie earned its first win. Expect the Eagles to improve to 2-2 with a victory over Fulton County Friday night, a team that has been outscored 161 to 2 this season.

Final score: East Prairie 28, Fulton Co. 13

Scott City hit rock bottom in the conference last week. Brentwood is also in bad shape in the St. Louis area, opening with an 0-3 record. This appears to be anybody's ballgame.

Final score: Brentwood 14, Scott City 13

Portageville has won its last two games by a combined score of 101 to 2.

Considering this will be Saturday's only game, the entire area has an opportunity to see if this team is for real.

Chaffee has been somewhat impressive in recent losses and can give the surging Bulldogs a fight.

Final score: Portageville 28, Chaffee 14