CHARLESTON - With a poor week of practice heading into Friday night's home opener with SEMO Central foe Kennett, Charleston football head coach Brent Anderson knew his team was in trouble.
His fears were right as the Indians cruised to a 21-7 win against the Bluejays.
"They just dominated us in every phase of the game," said Anderson. "They kicked our butts and made us like it. We didn't block a soul. We did not tackle. We didn't take angles to tackle. We were flat and we knew it all week at practice."
Charleston was able to move the ball on offense, but nine fumbles, including three lost hurt the Bluejays.
Orrice Stanback rushed for 144 yards on 27 carries, but he fumbled three times, all inside the Indians' 20-yard line.
Meanwhile, Kennett speedster Tyree Goolsby ran wild on the Bluejays, racking up 230 yards rushing on 29 carries with TD runs of 38, 12 and 50.
"We couldn't tackle Goolsby," said Anderson. "We had him down five or six times and the next thing you know he squirts out for a long run. He is faster than any kid I've ever seen on a football field."
Kennett led 21-0 before the Bluejays found the end zone on A.H. Marshall's 21-yard TD pass to Deshaundray Hamilton with 36 seconds left in the game.
The Indians didn't attempt a single pass in the game.
Charleston will host Sikeston in the annual rivalry game on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Kennett will host Caruthersville on Friday in a SEMO Central matchup.