CAPE GIRARDEAU - The Sikeston junior varsity football team opened the season with a 20-6 road victory against Cape Central's JV team.
Sikeston never trailed in the game as they opened up a 14-0 lead at the half.
"We played well defensively -- we got to the football and we made tackles," said Sikeston coach Alan Scheeter. "We got a little tired in the second half but we were able to hold on for the win."
Sikeston scored in the first quarter when defensive lineman Malcolm Williams picked up a fumble and rumbled 50 yards for the touchdown to lead 6-0.
In the second quarter, quarterback Bryce Wibbenmeyer found Felante Larry for a 45-yard TD reception. The two-point conversion pass to Ross Merideth made it 14-0.
Cape Central closed the gap to 14-6 in the third quarter but couldn't get any closer as Sikeston blocked the extra point.
The Bulldogs tacked on one more score in the fourth quarter when Wibbenmeyer hooked up with Larry again, this time for a 60-yard TD to make it 20-6.
"We didn't run anything too complicated," said Scheeter. "Bryce threw the ball on time and where he had to throw it. We ran the ball well and made the plays when we needed to."
Sikeston's junior varsity will play host to Cape Central on Monday at 6 p.m.
DEXTER - Sikeston's freshman football team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 26-8 victory at Dexter on Monday. Sikeston never trailed in the game as they turned an 8-8 game at halftime into a blowout by the end of the fourth quarter.
"It's good to get a win," said Sikeston coach Chris Crosby. "The kids played hard. Our defense played really well. Our special teams played well -- we blocked a punt. We had some nice runs and some nice blocking on offense. It was a team win."
Sikeston scored in the first quarter when Acie Dixon ran 76 yards up the middle for a touchdown. Travis Hudson added the two-point conversion run to make it 8-0 at the 45 second mark of the quarter.
Dexter tied the game with a 21-yard touchdown pass at the first half buzzer. Quarterback Andrew Stuever found Devon Guethle in the right corner of the end zone.
Justin Foushee added the two-point conversion run to tie the score at 8-8 heading into the locker rooms.
The second half was all Sikeston.
Dixon blasted through the line again for a 60-yard run before being tackled at the 1-yard line. He punched it in from there for his second TD to make it 14-8 with four minutes left in the third quarter.
Sikeston got another score in the fourth quarter when Greg Hatchett plowed in from the 6-yard line to make it 20-8.
The Bulldogs tacked on their final score with 1:10 left in the game when Hudson went right, stiff-armed a defender, and out-ran the Bearcat defense for a 35-yard TD run down the right sideline to make the score 26-8.
Sikeston had some other top defensive plays, including Hudson's blocked punt and Tyler Baker's quarterback sack, causing a fumble that Marquette Goodwin recovered.
Dixon led Sikeston in rushing, carrying 11 times for 169 yards. Hudson had two carries for 36 yards. Others were B.J. Green (2 carries, 2 yards), Trey Oetting (1-1), Clay Lincoln (1-2), Hatchett (2-7) and Goodwin (1-4).
Zach Brooks hauled in one reception from Lincoln for five yards.