"A win's a win," NMCC head coach Arlen Pixley said.
NMCC jumped on top early, and never looked back, as they scored two touchdowns in the second quarter, putting the score at 14-0 at the half.
With 5:31 left to play in the first half, Bryan Waters broke to the sideline for a 13-yard touchdown run. Sedrick Hemphill took in the 2-point conversion to put NMCC up 8-0.
Just minutes later, at 3:36, Lennies McFerren took one in from seven yards out, followed by a failed 2-point conversion pass.
Their offense would have to take a backseat first to NMCC's, as the Eagles put up one more score in the fourth with 11:11 left to play, when Waters went in for his second score of the game on a 39-yard run. McFerren rushed in for the 2-point conversion, to put NMCC on top 22-0.
"We had kids finally getting hat-on-hat contact," Pixley said. "We challenged our offensive line at the half, and we came out and did a better job in the second half."
The Bulldogs then broke the scoreless chain, when they marched down the field after a 31-yard run from Jarian Wimms, followed by a Chase Ferrell touchdown pass to Niquavious Dixon from 10 yards out.
"We're a little beat up right now," Sikeston head coach Kent Gibbs said. "But, I feel good about how our kids played."
"We gave them a cheap one at the end," Gibbs said. "But, overall I was pleased with the game. We were just a little out-manned up front on the line."
Hemphill tacked on the extra point, and the game remained dead-locked at 29-7 until the final buzzer.
NMCC filled the game with penalties, as the the whistle was blown 14 times for 115 yards in the negative.
"We just had too many penalties," Pixley said. "One hundred-and-fifteen yards in penalties is just unacceptable. Offensively we just shot ourselves in the foot with the penalties pulling us back."
Gibbs took away a positive out of the game, stating that his team just isn't backing down for anyone.
"I thought it was a good game," he said. "We dropped a couple of passes, and if we don't drop them, who knows maybe we get another touchdown."
"We played really well defensively," he added. "We played good most of the night, in all areas except for offensively."
Pixley stated that the Sikeston offense never retreated, and that back-up quarterback Ferrell came in and did a great job for the Bulldogs.
"I was impressed with their quarterback (Ferrell)," Pixley said. "He has a sharp arm, and he runs play-action better than anybody we've seen. He put a little air underneath their wings and that was good for them."
Gibbs said that he and his squad are looking forward to the upcoming district games.
"I know the kids are probably getting tired of me telling them this, but the big picture is the districts," he said. "It's not going to get any easier, but I feel like we're getting better."
The Eagles accumulated 261 yards of offense, 256 coming off of rushing yards on 49 carries. McFerren took the bulk of the load, rushing 21 times for 118 yards and a touchdown. Waters carried the ball nine times for 115 yards and two touchdowns.
Offensively for the Bulldogs, Ferrell came into the second half and was 4-
for-19 passing, with one interception and one touchdown. He also recovered a fumble on defense.
Filling the injured Gavilan Bland's shoes, Jarian Wimms took nine hand-offs for 57 yards.
Dixon caught two passes for 18 yards total, and one for a score from 10 yards out.
Up next for the Eagles is a little rest, as they get this week off, while the Bulldogs stay at home, and play host to the Kennett Indians on Friday night. The homecoming game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium.