SIKESTON - The Sikeston junior varsity football team fell to 1-1 on the season with a 22-18 loss to Cape Central's jayvee on Monday at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium.
"It's a good jayvee game," said Sikeston coach Jerry Dement. "It was close all the way through. Both teams battled. We had a lot of kids play. It was a good learning experience. The kids played hard."
Sikeston fell behind in the first quarter when Cape Central scored with 3:52 left. The two-point conversion was successful as the Tigers took an 8-0 lead.
Sikeston was able to get a drive going just before the half as quarterback Joey Williams took the sneak in from one yard out with 15 seconds left. The two-point conversion failed, leaving the score at 8-6 at the half.
The Tigers extended the lead to 14-6 with another score in the third quarter at the 9:02 mark.
Sikeston couldn't get any offense going throughout the third quarter but made a game of it in the fourth quarter. Sophomore running back Michael Geralds broke off a 38-yard touchdown run down the right sideline to cut the Tiger lead to 14-12 with 6:59 left in the game.
Then, after a defensive stop, Sikeston fullback Adrian Douglas broke free for a 47-yard run down the left sideline to give Sikeston its first lead of the game at 18-14 with 4:35 left.
However, the Bulldogs couldn't hold the Tigers down as they drove for the game-winning touchdown with 1:12 left.
Geralds had a game-high 146 yards rushing on 24 carries. Douglas added 117 yards rushing on just eight carries.
"I thought they did fine," said Dement of his two ball carriers. "The offensive line played well. The running backs ran well and the offensive line blocked well. Other than giving up a few big plays on defense, I thought the defense played well."
Sikeston's junior varsity will play at Cape Central next Monday at 4 p.m.