SIKESTON -- The 9th grade football program ended their season on Monday evening by defeating the visiting Perryville Pirates 44-0 at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium. The game was controlled by Sikeston from the opening kickoff as they scored just moments into the game.
The Bulldogs scored four times in the first quarter to jump out to an early 32-0 lead. At 7:41 quarterback Luke Keefer connected with Kilron Coleman from 15 yards out and Shaquille Sherrod capped it off with a two-point conversion run. Seconds later at 7:26, defensive lineman Clayton Driskill bounced on a fumble in the end zone for a score followed by another successful conversion, this time a pass from Keefer to Sherrod.
Sherrod then recovered a fumble less than 30 seconds later which led to a 45-yard touchdown run by James Watson. Keefer connected with Eldridge Gibson on the two-point conversion pass.
Gibson stayed involved in the scoring action, as he rushed in from 77 yards out with 30 seconds which was followed up by Keefer's successful conversion run.
The score would stand at 32-0 at half-time.
In the third quarter, Gibson intercepted a pass returning it 20 yards down to the 8-yard line which in turn set-up an 8-yard TD pass from Keefer to Gibson at 6:03. After a failed conversion run, the Bulldogs led 38-0.
The defensive unit continued to play well as Richard Lamb caused a fumble against the Pirates. Austin Henson scooped it up for Sikeston, but the Bulldogs went four-and-out to end the drive.
In the fourth quarter Sikeston added one score on a drive set-up by a fumble recovery by Ben Walker. Watson rushed in from 27 yards out at 7:00 and the conversion failed to leave the score 44-0 where it would stand as the final buzzer sounded.
Brett Blackman was pleased with his squad's finale in front of the home crowd.
"We came back and played really well against Cape and Perryville after struggling at the start of the year," said Blackman. "The kids ended the season on a positive note. We're trying to build our program to the championship level for next year. They could've folded this season but they kept playing hard."