Nobody asked me but...somebody call a mental health professional, we have a team with a bipolar personality in the Sikeston Bulldogs football squad.
In Week 1, the Bulldogs gave up over 500 yards rushing against the Caruthersville Tigers and were clueless on how to tackle Tiger running back Kendrickus Reed.
Sikeston's offense held its own against the Tigers with close to 300 total yards and had numerous chances to score if not for two fumbles, an untimely assisting the pile runner and two turnovers on downs.
The pads must have been popping in practice before last week's game with the Charleston Bluejays, because the Bulldog defense responded with a stellar game.
Sikeston allowed only 88 yards on 36 Bluejay carries in the contest and limited Charleston running sensation Joseph Watts to only 33 yards on the ground on 17 carries.
You see folks, a bipolar team is unpredictable. They do things that make the coaches and fans pull their hair out. So when the Sikeston defense has a good game, you guessed it, the Bulldog offense was stagnant.
Charleston held the Bulldogs to 104 yards of total offense. Is the Bluejay defense that much better than Caruthersville's? I don't know the answer to that question, but the Sikeston offense definitely took a step back last week.
* The Dexter Bearcats are the guest of the Bulldogs this week and hopes are high in the BBQ capital of Missouri. Dexter has been tested in the first two weeks of the season with a win against Ste. Genevieve and a tough 3-point loss to Festus.
The Bearcats have a nice aerial attack led by senior quarterback Josh Stevens and Dexter is becoming known in the area as a team that will bring the pain. The Bearcats will hit...and keep on hitting until the final buzzer.
Sikeston is facing a Dexter team that is angry and hungry for a win. I like the Bearcats in this one, but the Bulldogs will put up a good fight.
* New Madrid County Central is off to a fast start to the 2006 football season. The Eagles worked hard in the off-season and it is paying off now. Granted, the schedule isn't as brutal as last year. St. Pius and Cape Central aren't exactly Farmington and North County, but I am drinking the Eagle Kool-Aid and believe this team is destined for big things down the road.
The Eagles face a Poplar Bluff team that is going from a pass-happy team, to one that is ground-oriented under new head coach Brian Robbins. I can't help but think that the Bluff players have not yet settled into the new system. The Mules are a work-in-progress coming off a 2-8 season. I like the Eagles to improve to 3-0.
* I took it on the chin last week loyal readers. I had Sikeston upsetting Charleston, Hayti destroying Malden and the Rams laying an egg at home. Well, I was wrong on all three. No Barry Horowitz moment for yours truly.
Malden might be the best team you won't see all year. The Green Wave have three solid backs and just took it to a Hayti team that I thought was going to be a threat in Class 1. Hayti might still be, but Malden has turned everyone's head in the Class 2, District 1 race with Caruthersville and Charleston.
Caruthersville should still be the favorite, but I believe Malden is a bigger threat than the Bluejays right now. It might be injuries or playing down to their opponent, but Charleston has not looked that great to open the season. Hopefully they will turn things around as the season continues.
* Kudos to those involved in finally getting a scoreboard out at the Sikeston Complex for the girls softball team. I asked last year at this time who could make that happen, the city of Sikeston or athletic director Brent Keefer.
Whomever is responsible, nice job. The scoreboard at the girls softball field is the old board used at VFW Stadium, but with a new paint job. It's perfect.
And finally, nobody asked me but...I have a request...please for all that is good and holy, have a little variety in the music that is played at the Sikeston Field House.
I have nothing against hop-hip or is it hip-hop music? The booming base of the music has its place I admit, but must it be every song? How 'bout a little Skynyrd every now and then?