Both teams playing for pride, post-season honors after disappointing seasons
SIKESTON -- The final game of the 2007 season is nearing for the Sikeston Bulldogs (2-7) as they travel to Cape Girardeau on Thursday night, to Houck Stadium to take on the Cape Central Tigers (1-8).
For the Bulldogs, the game will begin a process of rebuilding over the off-
season, and will be a test for both squads to see who desires to win more with nothing on the line to play for but pride.
"It's going to be about who wants to win more," Sikeston head coach Kent Gibbs said. "Some of our kids still have a chance to be all-conference or all-
Gibbs went on to say that the Tigers are coming off of a loss to West Plains, but that the Cape Central squad battled the Zizzers for four quarters.
"Cape looked well against West Plains," he said. "They've got some key athletes in many positions."
"Their quarterback, Chase Johnson, is from Sikeston," he added. "He used to play in the little league program with some of our players. That should add a little flavor."
Gibbs went on to say that the key for the Bulldogs is to establish a running game early in the game.
"Cape has seven kids that play both ways," he said. "We haven't played against teams like that lately. We're going to try a few things out and see what works well."
The Tigers rely on tight end Tyler McNabb on offense to make big plays, but are starting to experiment more with freshman quarterback Andrew Williams, who is battling Johnson for the starting position.
On defense, Cape Central runs a 5-2 and a base 4-3 defensive set, and likes to run man-to-man coverage. Gibbs says that they have physical line backers and a large defensive line.
"The McNabb kid had a good game against West Plains," Gibbs said. "He caught 11 passes and had two touchdowns. We've got our work cut out for us. We'll have to fill the lanes and stop the big plays."
"It'll give our guys a chance to play at the college stadium on the field turf," he added. "Hopefully we'll be ready to go. We're looking to improve going into the off-season."