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SJHS football sweeps Charleston

Friday, September 22, 2006

Sikeston's Darryl Howard, left, runs for yardage.
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldog 8th and 9th grade football teams both posted victories on Thursday evening against the Charleston Bluejays at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium.

The Sikeston 9th grade team defeated Charleston 32-0 while the 8th graders won 26-12.

In the freshman game, Sikeston (3-0) scored just a little over a minute into the game as Eli Jackson rumbled in from 46 yards out to lead 6-0.

Two minutes later, Juqualin Wiggins scored on an 8-yard run to push the lead to 12-0.

In the second quarter, Jackson scored on a 7-yard run. Wiggins added the two-point conversion run to make it 22-0 at halftime.

Dewayne Harris had a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Wiggins returned a punt in the fourth quarter 35 yards for a touchdown to round out the scoring.

Jackson led the Bulldogs in rushing with 87 yards rushing on six carries. Wiggins had 53 yards on four carries. Harris had 42 yards on nine carries. Jarian Wims rushed for 45 yards on four carries.

"I was happy that we came out and flew around and it's always nice to beat the cross-town rivals," said Sikeston coach Steve Bays. "We're wanting to kick some life into that rivalry and take some games back. But we've got a lot of mistakes to clean up. We've just got to keep practicing hard and hopefully we'll get better every week."

In the 8th grade contest, Sikeston raced out to a 26-0 lead before Charleston broke the shutout in the fourth quarter.

Darryl Howard had touchdown runs of 38 and 5 yards.

Sam Erwin had a TD run of 17 yards and Jerry Andrews had a scoring run from 15 yards out.

Howard led the Bulldogs in rushing with 194 yards on 15 carries.

Ray Clark had 99 yards on four carries, including a two-point conversion run.

Quentin Washington had 34 yards on three carries. Andrews had 20 yards on three carries. Erwin had 22 yards on three carries.

Charleston's Claude Armstrong broke the shutout with a 17-yard TD run with 5:54 left in the game. Forty-four seconds later, Maurice Moore picked up a fumble and scored from 45 yards out.

The 8th grade team is now 2-1 on the season.

"They're growing in confidence -- you can see it in them," said Bays. "Tonight kind of proved that. They knew what they were supposed to do. They're reacting and making plays happen. I was really pleased with the defense. They smacked people around and flew to the football."

Sikeston will play at Jackson on Thursday with 8th grade action starting at 5 p.m. The freshman game will start immediately afterwards.