SIKESTON-- The Sikeston Bulldogs junior varsity football team soundly defeated the Fredericktown Blackcats junior varsity 48-0 Monday night at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium in Sikeston.
Quarterback Sam Erwin had an active night, running for two touchdowns and passing for two for a total of four.
"He had another real good game," Sikeston coach Alan Scheeter said. "He only threw two passes but both of them were for touchdowns. When he runs the ball he just makes things happen. He's a shifty runner. He has a bright future ahead of him."
The Bulldogs started the game well. On the first play from scrimmage, Kyle Valentine ran it 75-yards for the game's first touchdown. That two point conversion failed.
The Bulldogs did not wait long to extend their lead. With 6:19 left in the first quarter, Erwin threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Valentine, but again the two point conversion failed.
With 1:02 left in the first quarter, Erwin punched in a two yard run for a touchdown and Valentine added a two point conversion run to bring the score to 20-0 Bulldogs after one quarter of play.
With 3:52 left in the second quarter, Sikeston's Eldridge Gibson broke off a 70-yard touchdown run and Kai Lambert's run added two points.
That score was quickly followed up when the Bulldogs were able to score as time expired in the second quarter on Erwin's 10-yard touchdown pass to Tanner Bryant.
The Bulldogs lead 34-0 at the half.
The Bulldogs continued to pile the points on, when with 1:00 left in the third quarter, Erwin drove in a 15-yard touchdown run and the two point conversion.
The game's final score came when Gibson ran it in from 34 yards out with 2:00 left in the game.
Scheeter was very pleased with his offense Monday night but also gave credit to his defense.
"The defense got after it tonight," he said. "They ran to the ball and they swarmed to the ball very well. We did a good job of filling the lanes on runs and pressuring the quarterback and it was an overall excellent defensive effort."
Scheeter feels that junior varsity experience is one of the best keys to varsity success.
"This experience on Monday nights is invaluable," he said. "There is nothing better you can do than get out and play. You get used to the offense and defense you will run for the next two years. It's great experience for our kids."
Scheeter noted the current level of excitement from top to bottom in Sikeston's football program.
"It's a lot of fun," he said. "The varsity has started chanting and getting real excited on Friday nights. That has drifted all the way down to the seventh grade level. Junior varsity is no exception. It's just an exciting time."