SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs stunned SEMO Conference foe Jackson Indians with a 3-1 win on Thursday at the Sikeston Sports Complex.
The victory, the Bulldogs' third straight, avenged a 2-1 double overtime loss to the Indians in late September.
"It's big," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long, whose Bulldogs improved to 8
"What was so big about this was, we got down early and kept fighting and fought our way back."
Jackson (11-6-3) drew first blood with a header goal by Garrett Stone off a corner kick assist from Brian Davidson with 17:18 to go in the first half.
Less than a minute later, the Bulldogs knotted the score on Caleb Davidson's goal off an assist from Sam Rains.
On the evening, Davidson scored twice and assisted on a third goal.
"We moved Caleb up top, the first time he's played forward for us all year, and he scored two goals for us," said Long.
At the 12:43 mark, Davidson tallied his second goal, which proved to be the gamewinner, off a Chris Carnell assist.
Blake Taylor, Sikeston's leading scorer, deposited an insurance goal with 3:03 remaining in the half. Davidson assisted on the play.
Although outshot 24-12 by the Indians, Sikeston's newly-installed midfielders Timmy Hart and Carnell were instrumental in controlling the midfield while goalkeeper Scott Droddy recorded another double-figure save total with 10.
"Droddy fractured two knuckles last night (Fredericktown game)," added Long.
"We taped them up and he played well tonight. I'd say about eight of those (24) shots were from about 25 yards out and we want that against Droddy. He has great reflexes from side to side."
Long credited the recent upsurge in play to hard work on the part of the Bulldogs along with some scheme changes, but stopped short of saying the team was peaking.
"We've been working hard, trying to fill holes, trying new strategies," he said. "There are a few aspects of the game that we need to tweak, but, overall, I'm pretty pleased with it. I do think we're gelling a little bit, but we've got to improve so much more to even consider making a (playoff) run this year. I wouldn't say we're even close to peaking."
Sikeston's junior varsity (3-7-1) dropped a 6-1 decision to Jackson. Jordan Davis scored the lone goal with an assist from Mike Botkin.
The Bulldogs' JV and varsity are back in action today at Hillsboro.
The JV contest begins at 4 p.m. with the varsity game to follow.
"Things are kind of clicking a little bit right now and we're hoping it just keeps going," said Long.
"We've got two more games this week and that's good because we want to keep playing when it's rolling good."