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SHS back in district final

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

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Sikeston's Blake Taylor tries to steal the ball from Farmington's Josh Anderson
(Photos by Chris Moore, Staff)
SIKESTON - The Sikeston Bulldogs soccer team moved a step closer to a third-straight district title on Monday night with a 4-0 shutout over the Farmington Knights at the Sikeston Complex.

The Knights came into the contest as the No. 2 seed in the district tournament but found themselves in an early hole as Timmy Hart of the Bulldogs scored the first goal of the game four minutes into the contest on a header. Freshman Sam Raines made a nice pass to Hart to set up the goal.

"That was a big goal by Hart," said Sikeston head coach Derrick Long. "Earlier in the season, Farmington got on us early and we could never recover. Tonight, we got the goal and it seemed to build our confidence for the rest of the game."

The rest of the match turned into an offensive show for Sikeston senior Blake Taylor. At 21:00, Taylor scored on a throw-in from Hart. Taylor out ran the Knights defense and had a one-on-one with keeper John Schnurbusch of Farmington.

Taylor raced along the end line and looked to have no angle for a goal.

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Sikeston's Sam Raines (5) takes a shot during Monday night's district semifinal match against Farmington. Also pictured is Sikeston's Blake Taylor (right).
However, he deked right and, as Schnurbusch took the feint, Taylor sneaked the ball into the goal.

The Bulldogs were rewarded a corner kick with five minutes to play in the first half. Senior Chris Carnell kicked a perfect ball toward the goal, as a streaking Taylor flew through the air and hit a header past a stunned Schnurbusch to put Sikeston up 3-0 at the half.

"We played a solid game from the back to the top tonight," said Long. "Our defense played very well and kept Farmington at bay most of the night."

The Bulldog defense led by Hunter Dillender and Adam Gillean did a great job in front of Sikeston keeper Scott Droddy. Sikeston held Farmington (13-12) to only three shots in the first half and nine for the entire contest.

"Dillender and Gillean played well tonight," said Long. "Farmington likes to take the ball right down the middle of the field and our kids did of good job of taking that option away led by Adam and Hunter."

Taylor tied the record for most goals in one season by a Bulldog at 55:00. He scored a hat trick on his own rebound for his 30th goal of the year tying Adam Garrett's mark.

Droddy recorded his ninth shutout of the year breaking his own record for shutouts which was set at eight.

Sikeston's eighth straight win sets up a district championship rematch with the Notre Dame Bulldogs for the third straight year.

Notre Dame defeated De Soto 5-1 to move into the title game against Sikeston.

Notre Dame is ranked No. 3 in the state for Class 2.

"Notre Dame looked real, real tough tonight," said Long. "It is going to be a challenge but one we are looking forward to. We are going to be playing for the district title and that is always a good thing."

Sikeston (13-11-1) and Notre Dame (22-1) will play for the Class 2, District 1 title on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Sikeston Complex.

SIKESTON -- The Sikeston junior varsity football team ended its season on a winning note with a 34-14 victory against Perryville on Monday at SPS Stadium.

The Bulldog J.V. team finished 4-4 on the season.

Vince Howard started the scoring for the Bulldogs with an 80-yard touchdown run.

A safety by the Bulldogs increased the lead to 8-0.

In the second quarter, quarterback Michael Payne hit Demetrius Jackson for an 8-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0.

Perryville scored in the third quarter to cut the lead to 14-7, but Sikeston's Stephen Jackson pushed the lead further with a 75-yard fumble return. Payne then hit Marcus Price for a two-point conversion to make it 22-7.

Perryville then scored to make it 22-14.

Sikeston's Adrian Dixon scored on a 3-yard run to make it 28-14.

Howard then hauled in a screen pass from Payne and streaked down the right sideline for a 55-yard touchdown to reach the final margin.

Sikeston intercepted three passes in the game with Courvirseya Strickland, Stephen Jackson and Clayton Mayfield each picking one off.