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Bulldogs rout Cape Central for third win

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sikeston's Chris Jones is congratulated by teammates after intercepting a Cape Central pass in the second quarter Friday night. Sikeston won the game 47-18. Josh Mills, Staff
SIKESTON -- A lot has changed since the last time the Sikeston Bulldogs met up with the Cape Central Tigers on the gridiron. That contest, held last November in Cape Girardeau, featured a 27-20 victory that slipped away from the Bulldogs on a cold evening at Houck Stadium.

This season's match-up, that took place Friday evening at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium, featured a 47-18 romping of the Tigers in front of the Bulldog home crowd.

Last season, Sikeston's present-day featured running back, Eli Jackson, missed the contest due to injury as well as a majority of the football season. Friday night he proved that he would've made a significant difference as he racked up 174 yards on 14 carries, all in the first half. Couple that with three rushing touchdowns and the Bulldogs found one piece of their puzzle.

Sikeston's Josh Carlyle prepares to tackle Cape Central running back Cantrell Andrews in the first half Friday night at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium. Andrews ran for 173 yards in the game. Josh Mills, Staff
Another big piece of the puzzle has been quarterback Charlie Bohannon.

In Friday's victory, Bohannon threw for 131 yards including a 58-yard pass to Jordan Williams in the second quarter. He's also been the extra-point kicker following the touchdowns as well as a defensive back on the other side of the ball.

Things didn't begin well for the visiting Tigers as they fumbled on the first play from scrimmage which turned the ball over to the Bulldogs who in-turn scored on their first play at 11:35. Jackson quickly got things going from 26 yards out and Bohannon chipped in the extra point.

The Tigers answered on a pass that Sikeston misplayed and head coach Kent Gibbs noted was the only bad play on defense that the Bulldogs made all evening.

"We wanted to shut them down on defense and we did outside of one play where we kind of misplayed the bootleg a little bit," he said. "They scored that long one on us at first, but after that we did pretty good on defense up until the second half where we lost our focus a little bit. We were really pleased with things other than that one play. We've just got to maintain our focus."

Sikeston's Chris Jones (21), Sam Erwin (12) and Odell Thompson (27) tackle a Cape Central ball carrier Friday night. Josh Mills, Staff
The next six scores came from the Bulldogs stretched out from the second quarter until the beginning of the third. Bohannon and Jackson were involved in five of the plays as Jackson ran in two, while Bohannon rushed for two and threw for one, the pass to Williams.

"Offensively, we pressed the issue on them and we did some things," said Gibbs. "We had some great blocks and some great runs. Charlie (Bohannon) made a couple of passes, one in particular that I remember on the pass to Jordan (Williams). He made a couple to Niquavious Dixon on the hitch down here on the sidelines. So, offensively we were pretty pleased with things."

Dixon finished the evening with 21 yards receiving.

The other Bulldog touchdown came from Darryl Howard who rushed in from one yard out in the third quarter.

Cape Central trailed 40-6 at the break, and most of their offense came in the second half while Sikeston spent time resting their starters.

Cantrell Andrews led the way for the Tigers as he picked up two touchdowns on a 7-yard run in the third quarter and a 1-yard run in the fourth in the final 30 seconds of the game. He finished with 173 rushing yards on 33 attempts, but the Bulldogs limited him to just 42 yards in the first half when the starting defensive unit was on the field.

Cape Central finished up with 303 total yards from scrimmage while Sikeston racked up 453 yards and maintained possession of the ball for a large portion of the contest. A majority of the yardage for the Bulldogs came on 39 rush attempts that equaled out to 322 yards.

Another bright spot for Sikeston was the defensive backfield which accounted for two turnovers. Chris Jones and Courviseya Strickland each had an interception in the contest, both coming in the final four minutes of the second quarter.

The Bulldogs, now 3-2, will have to use all aspects of their game next Friday evening as they welcome in the New Madrid County Central Eagles who are fresh off of a 32-12 victory over Caruthersville.

"It will be an interesting ballgame," said Gibbs of their next opponent. "Hopefully we can be ready to go and give them a good ballgame. We'll see what happens."

The contest, also Homecoming for Sikeston, will take place at 7 p.m. at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium.