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Dexter pounds Kennett, 46-0

Sunday, October 23, 2005

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Dexter's Alex Becker follows the block of fullback Justin Foushee.
KENNETT - Alex Becker rushed for 195 yards and scored four touchdowns as the Dexter Bearcats spoiled Kennett's Homecoming in a big way Friday night, 46-0.

Becker carried the ball 31 times and scored Dexter's first three touchdowns as the Bearcats dominated the Indians both offensively and defensively. The senior running back did his damage while playing less than three quarters.

The win sets up a showdown with New Madrid County Central next week in what will be the biggest game of the season for the Bearcats. The battle at New Madrid will be for the SEMO Central Conference title with both teams taking the field with 3-0 conference marks.

The Dexter-New Madrid winner will also take control of the race for a Class 3, District 1 title. Both teams will enter the game supporting 1-0 district marks after New Madrid defeated Perryville 34-14 on the road Friday night.

"Anytime you're in a playoff situation you've got to forget the game and move on quick," Dexter coach Aaron Pixley said after the game. "The next one is huge because it's a district game for us and also the conference championship game. Both teams are going to be fired up. It's their senior night, so we have to make sure we match their intensity."

Kennett (3-5) was outmatched on both sides of the ball against Dexter (5-3), unable to stop the 'Cats on offense and unable to move the ball against an increasingly stingy defense.

The Bearcats limited the Indians to minus-six yards of offense in the first half and a meager total of 50 for the game (minus-29 yards rushing). Kennett accounted for 49 yards on its last drive of the game against Dexter's second unit, which dug in to stop the Indians close to the goal line as time expired to preserve the shutout.

"They were running screens against our young kids late," Dexter coach Aaron Pixley said. "We did a good job of not giving up on that last play. I don't know where the boy wound up but it was close to the goal line.

"Kennett is just never going to give up, and that's credit to their coaches," he continued. "I was pretty proud of our football team tonight."

While Dexter's offense was rolling up 301 yards of total offense, it was the defense that set the tone for the game.

"Our defense played well," Pixley said, downplaying his team's effort somewhat. "I felt like we tackled well and we played more physical tonight. Whenever we got to the ball we hit the ball pretty hard. We missed a few tackles, but not very many.

"Our defensive line was fast off the ball and got into the backfield," he added. "They've (the Indians) got good athletes at receiver and our defensive backs did a good job of covering and getting our lineman coverage sacks.

Junior Alex Watkins was charted with only two tackles on the night, but both were on Kennett quarterback Robert Lockett for minus-21 yards.

David Hessling had Dexter's third sack of the game for negative-13 yards, and also recorded the team's lone interception when he picked off a deflected pass in the second quarter. The pickoff set up Becker's third score of the first half and staked the 'Cats to a 20-0 lead at the 8:03 mark of the second quarter.

Senior Austin Matthews, who was not expected to play earlier in the week, joined Hessling with six tackles to lead the 'Cats. Matthews had one tackle for negative-10 yards.

Quarterback Josh Stevens completed 8-of-15 passes for 75 yards and one touchdown. His statistics were misleading since the Bearcats were charted with four dropped passes on the night.

Junior Drew Satterfield got in on the scoring for Dexter with a 7-yard reception to cap off an impressive first half for the 'Cats.

Satterfield's catch, his first TD of the season, capped an eight-play drive that covered 68 yards and sent Dexter to the locker room leading, 26-0.

Becker notched his fourth six-pointer of the game to open the scoring in the second half on a 24-yard scamper with 6:16 on the clock. Logan Swindle's point after kick was good and Dexter was in firm control of the game at 33-0.

Dexter's defense stepped up on the next possession and forced Jared Hughes to cough up the ball after a 9-yard reception. Senior Andrew Stuever gathered in the loose ball and Dexter was back on offense at the Bearcats' 42.

Four plays later, Justin Foushee bulled his way up the middle for four yards and the score. Dexter led 39-0 after the point after kick was off the mark.

It wouldn't take long for Dexter's defense to again set up the offense with another scoring opportunity.

Facing a fourth-and-7, Kennett's Lockett dropped back to pass but Hessling chased him down on a linebacker blitz for a 13-yard loss.

Nine plays later, Zach Ventura capped a 11-play drive for the final six-pointer of the game. Logan Swindle's PAT was good and the final score was set at 46

-0 with 7:17 remaining in the game.