Sikeston's freshmen finished 6-2 on the season and were just a couple plays away from being undefeated.
"We set a goal before the season started to go undefeated, but our two biggest rivals Bluff and Jackson got us," said Sikeston junior high coach Steve Bays. "Both games were winnable. We had chances in those games. Now we've got to strive to be even better. They've got to get in the weight room and get involved in other sports.
"I'm very pleased with the year. You'd like to attain your goal but 6-2 is a good season and a good way to start their high school career. They've got three more years and they've got to keep it rolling. It's something to look forward to. But they've got to keep working. It gets tougher as you get older."
Sikeston was never challenged against Perryville as the Bulldogs raced out to a 20-0 first quarter lead.
Sikeston got in the scoring column on a 7-yard run by Eli Jackson. Dwayne Harris ran in the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.
On the ensuing kick return, Perryville fumbled. Michael Harris scooped it up and returned it 20 yards for the touchdown to make it 14-0.
Later in the quarter, quarterback Juqualin Wiggins hit Dwayne Harris on a short pass that he turned into a 35-yard touchdown to make it 20-0.
In the second quarter, Deadrian Grissom scored on a 23-yard run to make it 26-0. With 56 seconds left in the half, Jackson rumbled in from eight yards out to make it 32-0 by halftime.
Jackson scored on a 23-yard run in the third quarter. Dario Lewis scored on a 32-yard run in the fourth quarter to make it 44-0.
Perryville broke the shutout on the final play of the game on a halfback pass from 10 yards out.
Sikeston rushed for 244 yards and threw for 110 yards.
Jackson led the ground assault with 83 yards on seven carries with three scores. Jarian Wims carried twice for 41 yards. Grissom had two carries for 29 yards. Lewis had three carries for 66 yards. Kevin Stewart had one carry for 18 yards. Jerome Hatcher had two carries for four yards.
Quarterback Tanner Bryant was 3-3 passing for 75 yards. Wiggins completed his only pass attempt for a 35-yard touchdown. Wiggins carried once for two yards and he also had an interception on defense.
Dwayne Harris had two catches for 57 yards with a score and carried the ball twice for one yard.
Niquavious Dixon had one catch for 19 yards.
"It's always nice to see a lot of kids contribute," said Bays. "They all deserve to show what they can do. I'm proud of them. They all played and played hard. They worked hard all season and I'm very proud of that fact. Now we're looking for our eighth graders to keep the tradition going and put together more winning seasons.
"I'd like to thank all the parents and the administration for their support this year. It's great the people take interest in our kids. I'd also like to thank all my assistant coaches. They always do a great job."
The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs volleyball team season ended on Tuesday night in the Class 4, District 1 tournament with a two set loss to No. 1 seed Farmington, 25-12 and 25-7.
Sikeston made the championship round with a thrilling three set win over Cape Central 22-25, 25-23 and 25-22 in the semifinals.
The Lady Bulldogs ended their season at 19-11-1.
The NMCCMS 8th grade football team ended dominant season after a 48-0 stomping of Dexter to earn a 6-0 undefeated season to go along with another 6-0 record last year as 7th graders.
The Eagles jumped on early and put the game out of reach in the first quarter. G'Darius Stevenson had touchdown runs of 42, 67, 20, and 58 yards. The powerful running back was a man amongst boys on both offense and defense.
Jamariea Jones had an impressive 65 yard kickoff return to open the second half and added 2 extra point conversions and a fumble recovery. Carlandas Thornton added a 30 yard touchdown run and a fumble recovery, also providing good blocking for Stevenson in the backfield. Datrae Hicks and Collin Ivie had interceptions.
"The 12-0 record this bunch has chalked up was a team effort," said NMCCMS principal Scott Kruse. "Like any good football team, this group has solid skilled position players to go along with a great leader in QB Lance Chamberlain, and guys on the line who aren't afraid to do the dirty work."