Nobody asked me but...congratulations to the Sikeston Bulldogs soccer team for winning back-to-back district championships. Coach Derrick Long has done a fabulous job in getting Sikeston to this level.
Even though the Bulldogs fell to Trinity in the quarterfinals, the team played inspired. Sikeston has embraced soccer as a legitimate sport, which is great. But I'd like to see the same passion in football from our youngsters. Let's try to be a well-rounded sports town.
Look for Sikeston to three-peat next year and hopefully find a way to make the Final Four.
Blake Taylor and Scott Droddy should be automatic all-state selections for Class 2 soccer. If not, their should be an investigation.
Kendrickus Reed was a beast last Thursday night as his Caruthersville Tigers defeated East Prairie. Reed showed determination and a refuse to lose attitude that some had questioned after the Dexter game.
Reed might have garnered some votes after his performance against the Eagles for the Carr Trophy. A voter can't look past his 379 yards rushing last week and his total of over 2,000 yards rushing for the season. I would not be surprised if Reed walks away with the Carr Trophy for best football player in Southeast Missouri, despite being only a junior.
I wish I could bottle up the energy of the crowd at Caruthersville last Thursday. Tiger fans and Eagle fans were into the action from the first snap. It was, in my opinion, the best game I saw all season. And while it was a nice turnout for that game. My only question is, who was watching the town? Eagle fans filled their section of the stadium and did a great job of rooting for their team.
Caruthersville will roll past Crystal City in Class 2 sectional action tonight at Caruthersville. The Tigers possess too much speed and look for the Hornets to be choking on Reed's dust. The Tigers will move on to the quarterfinals with a 36-20 win over the Hornets.
Dexter will lose a heart-breaker against Ste. Genevieve tonight in Class 3 sectionals. The Bearcats have got to try and open up the offense against the stout Dragons defense. In the end, Ste. Gen will get huge plays from quarterback Tanner Wolk through the air and from his feet, to outlast the Bearcats, 27-20.
It has been a great year for Bearcat football. Covering Dexter has been wonderful and athletic director Gavin Miller should get some credit for running a smooth ship. In my opinion, Miller is a first-class athletic director. Every "I" is dotted and every "T" is crossed with Miller. And all of that while also coaching two sports every year.
ESPN has got to be stopped! Get over the Terrell Owens story. I know Sal Pal gets a lot of air time, but stop already.
The most overrated sports movies that I have seen are: 1. "Rudy"; 2. "Remember the Titans"; 3. "The Natural"; 4. "Tin Cup"; 5. "Any Given Sunday."
And finally, nobody asked me but...it is never too early to look towards next season of high school football.
In Class 1, Chaffee will be much improved and look for Charlie Vickery and the Red Devils to win at least three games and stop their losing streak. However, Hayti should win Class 2, District 1 with wins over St. Vincent and Valle.
Class 2, District 1 will be a stellar district with Caruthersville, East Prairie and Malden fighting for the title. The winner is up in the air but the early favorite should be Caruthersville.
Charleston will be the favorite in Class 2, District 2. In fact, the Bluejays are probably the best team in that district this year if not for a wet field at Crystal City.
New Madrid County Central will dethrone Dexter as the favorites next year to win Class 3, District 1.
Class 4 is always a toss up but Sikeston, Cape Central and Poplar Bluff will be much improved. Still, West Plains is the champ until proven otherwise.