(Photo by Josh Mills, Staff)
STE. GENEVIEVE -- The New Madrid County Central Eagles won an offensive shootout over the Ste. Genevieve Dragons 72-52 Monday night in a Class 3 Sectional playoff game.
The game saw the two teams combine for 17 touchdowns and compile 124 points, the most ever for a playoff game in the state of Missouri.
NMCC trailed 44-42 when Eagle quarterback Dontre Jenkins scampered across the goal line from three yards out, giving the Eagles a 48-42 lead with five seconds left in the third quarter. Senior running back Bryan Waters added the two-point conversion run and NMCC took a 50-44 lead and never looked back on their way to the victory.
In the game, NMCC scored on 10 of their 12 possessions with one being on a lost fumble and another when the clock ran out at the end of the game.
"We knew every possession going in was critical," NMCC head coach Arlen Pixley said. "We were going to have to get points on the board. Against an offense like that you could be up 72-30 with five or six minutes left in the game, you still have to pump another one in there. That's how deadly they (Ste. Genevieve) can be."
NMCC will now host Cardinal Ritter at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in a state quarterfinal game. For more on Monday's game, see today's sports section.