"We just didn't play well," Sikeston head coach Kent Gibbs said. "We didn't deserve to win."
The Indians set the tone early by recovering an onside kick to start the game. Though they didn't score off of the turnover, the mood was set for the evening, as their offense proved too much for the Bulldog defense.
"It all started with the opening kick," Gibbs said. "We just didn't play like we were capable of the whole night."
Kennett scored with 1:49 to go in the first quarter, with a quarterback keeper up the middle for one yard by Blake Parr, followed by a blocked extra point kick.
Sikeston put points on the board first in the second half, scoring on a 72-
yard touchdown pass from quarterback Chase Ferrell to receiver JuQualin Wiggins at 8:05, followed by a two-point conversion run from Gavilan Bland, who was back this week after missing last week's game due to an injury.
The Indians marched back down the field though, and with 2:46 left to go in the third, Parr rushed in from three yards out, for his third rushing touchdown of the game. The extra point however, was once again missed by Tyler Daugherty.
After a Bulldog fumble, with 58 seconds left to play in the third, the Indians once again scored from three yards out, on a run by Demetrius Childress, followed by the first successful extra point attempt of the night from Daugherty.
The Bulldogs would score one more touchdown on a 14-yard pass from Ferrell to Niquavious Dixon with 4:37 left to play, followed by a two-point conversion pass to Clay Matthews. Sikeston had an opportunity to score in the fourth quarter, on a drive that could have pulled the Bulldogs within eight points, but it was too little too late for the home team, as they couldn't muster up any more points, and lost by a final score of 32-16.
"That one drive was huge," Kennett head coach Kirk Welch said. "They had a little bit of momentum going there. It was a little bit nerve-wracking there, but the kids bounced back."
"The bottom line is, that the better team won tonight," Gibbs said. "We had a chance at one point, when it was third down-and-12 yards to go, and we don't make the tackle. The momentum was all ours for the taking."
"Kennett played hard for four quarters straight," he added. "This was just a disappointing loss. We're 2-4 now, and the whole district is wide open. It just depends on who shows up and who plays the best."
Ferrell totaled 207 yards in the air, on 8-for-22 passing, had a loss of nine on the ground and had two touchdown passes and an interception, which ended the game.
On the ground for the Bulldogs, Dwayne Harris led the way with 44 yards on 15 carries while Bland had 26 yards on three carries.
Wiggins had 99 receiving yards on just two receptions, with the 72-yard touchdown reception and Josh Pierce had two catches for 55 yards.
On the other side of the ball, Kennett's Parr was 8-for-15 passing for 156 yards and one touchdown pass to Finley. Parr had three rushing touchdowns on 13 carries for 96 yards.
"I didn't realize Blake (Parr) had that much," Welch said. "(But the) big thing we were worried about was the scoreboard. Let the stats fall where they may."
Finley totaled 97 yards receiving on two catches, while the leading rusher for the Indians was Childress, who had 30 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown.
The Bulldogs will be at home again this week, hosting West Plains, while Kennett hosts NMCC. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.