(Photo by Tim Jaynes, Staff)
SIKESTON--Sikeston Public Schools Stadium will play host to a battle Friday night between the Farmington Knights and the Sikeston Bulldogs.
FOR THE RECORD
Farmington comes in with a 4-0 record, and a Class 4 state-rank of fourth place.
A much-improved Sikeston club comes in at 2-2, after two straight losses to difficult area teams in Dexter, 21-0 in week 3, and Jackson, 42-0 last week.
"We're focused for this game," Sikeston head coach Kent Gibbs said. "We've had a great week of practice. We hit it Monday just as we always do, and I think the guys are ready to play."
RED AND BLACK OFFENSE
Steering the ship for Sikeston will once again be Charlie Bohannon, who has accumulated 319 yards passing on the season, averaging 79.8 yards per game.
The Bulldogs come in with 52 first downs in four games, averaging 190.3 rushing yards per game and 270.0 total yards of offense per game.
Taking the handoff from Bohannon is Gavilan Bland, averaging 4.8 yards per carry, on 333 total yards in 69 attempts. Bland has six touchdowns in four games.
Through the air, Bohannon's leading receiver is Brandon Wright, with six receptions, for 111 yards, averaging 18.5 yards per reception and no touchdowns recorded.
"One of our goals this week is to slow down our offense a little bit," Gibbs said. "For the past two weeks, we haven't done that, and we haven't scored like we should."
"Farmington is big and fast," he added. "They're basically like a two-platoon team. Not too many of their kids play both sides of the ball. They tend to keep fresh bodies in the game at all times."
THE ART OF PERFECTION
Farmington, fresh off of a 37-19 victory against the Hillsboro Hawks, are led by two returning All-State players in Parks Peterson, (wide receiver/tailback/
safety) and Heath Hennes (defensive lineman).
In week 3, Farmington snagged a win from Class 5, seventh-ranked Waynesville, coming from behind for the victory.
Farmington's Aaron Baker leads the aerial attack at quarterback for the Knights, as they favor passing over running the ball and run a no-huddle shotgun offense with four wide-outs.
Look for Baker to connect with wide receiver Doug Noble, who turned in a big game in week 4 against Hillsboro with two touchdowns.
"Their goal seems to be to get a play off every 15 seconds or so," Gibbs said. "They run a lot of double wide-outs and some trips. They throw and get you running backwards, and then start the running game with their quarterback and running back."
Peterson, a utility player for Farmington, will see time at tailback, as well as receiver and directs the defense at safety.
Farmington tends to lean towards man coverage and get after the ball carrier.
"We're going to need to play good defense," Gibbs said. "We'll have to put some pressure on their quarterback, make some big plays and try to get some turnovers."
Kickoff for the Farmington and Sikeston matchup is scheduled for 7 p.m.