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State-ranked Knights wear down Bulldogs

Saturday, September 29, 2007

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Sikeston's Josh Pierce runs for yardage after catching a pass in the fourth quarter Friday night at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium.
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Farmington offense explodes for 28 points in the second half

SIKESTON--The Sikeston Bulldogs football team dropped its third straight game Friday night, falling to state-ranked Farmington 42-0.

Farmington, ranked fourth in Class 4, poured on the yardage with the help from quarterback Aaron Baker and wide receiver Parks Peterson.

"We played the fourth-ranked team in the state 14-0 in the first half," said Sikeston head coach Kent Gibbs. "Their objective is to wear you down for the first two quarters and then put it on you in the third and fourth quarter. That's exactly what happened."

The score was even at zeroes across the board until 40 seconds left to go in the first quarter, when Baker hit Doug Noble for a six yard touchdown pass to put Farmington on top 6-0. Adam Blum added the extra point to make it 7-0.

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Sikeston's Niquavious Dixon (1) and Gavilan Bland (32) attempt to tackle Farmington running back Jordan Hampton in the third quarter Friday night.
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With 8:30 left to play in the second quarter, Baker took it in himself for six points, from four yards out. Blum once again added the extra point for a score of 14-0, which is was the remaining score for the first half.

Sikeston received the kick to start the second half, but quickly went three-

and-out.

Farmington capitalized, and with 9:55 on the clock, Jordan Hampton ran one in for the score, followed by the extra point kick from Blum.

After failing to get the first down, the Bulldogs elected to punt on fourth down, and quickly had their backs to the wall again with Farmington's no-

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Sikeston linebacker Chase Ferrell returns one of his two interceptions Friday night.
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huddle offense.

The Knights threatened to score on a 55-yard run, but it was brought back due to an offensive holding penalty. However, they scored on the next play, a 60-yard touchdown pass to Peterson down the sideline.

Farmington added another touchdown reception in the third from Zachary Oyler to put the Knights up 35-0 going into the fourth quarter.

Farmington's ferocious offense wasn't finished yet as they added one more score from Charlie Uptegrove from six yards out with just 1:44 left to play in the game to put the final score at 42-0.

The Bulldogs couldn't get much of an offensive strike started in the game, as they were held to just seven first downs, with four coming in the fourth quarter.

"It's nobody's fault," Gibbs said. "They have a lot of kids playing one way. They've been in the weight room and have been doing what they need to do."

"They just wore us down in the third and fourth quarter," he added. "That's why they are what they are."

The highlight of the night for the red and black, was linebacker Chase Ferrell's two interceptions which he returned for a total of 65 yards.

"Chase (Ferrell) played a great game," Gibbs said. "We had some other guys play a great game defensively as well. Defensively, we did some good things."

Bulldog quarterback Charlie Bohannon was held to just 25 yards passing on the night on two completions of 12 attempts.

The running game was silent as well, as the Bulldogs rushed 33 times, accumulating 22 yards to give a total of 47 yards of offense in the game.

"We just couldn't do anything offensively," Gibbs said. "We tried a little bit of everything, but couldn't get it done. That's just the way it is."

Josh Pierce had two receptions for 25 yards and Gavilan Bland added 54 yards rushing.

Penalties plagued both squads, as Sikeston's rushing total was diminished due to 83 yards lost on 11 penalties. Farmington had 10 penalties for 100 yards.

Up next for Sikeston (2-3), is a trip down I-55 to New Madrid County Central (4-1) Friday night.

"We've got New Madrid next week," Gibbs said. "They're a good team. We'll take this loss for what it is and get better."