(David Jenkins, Staff)
With Obion County Central, Tenn. in their immediate future, playing teams like Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS), who is three years removed from a state championship appearance, Potosi and Hillsboro at the Hillsboro jamboree may also turn out to be a positive in the long scheme of things.
"We wanted to come up here and get some different competition," Sikeston head coach Kent Gibbs said. "We wanted to take a long trip because we have a long trip next week. We have to play better when we go on long trips and that was one of the reasons we came up here.
"I think it did us some good to see the caliber of a team like Country Day early like this. You have a chance to compare yourself with them and see where you are. I think it will do us some good in the long run."
Sikeston played Country Day first on Friday night with each team scoring once. The Bulldogs then took on Potosi and Hillsboro to finish out their night.
"Overall, I thought our effort was good," Gibbs said. "We gave up some big plays on defense. We really have to work hard on our tackling and not giving up those types of plays. Offensively, at this time of the year, we have to look for some consistency. We had some big plays on offense but, there were some times were we weren't very consistent.
"I think that's to be expected but, overall, I thought it was a positive evening."
Gibbs said he was pleased to see his team and the effort they put forth. Not wanting to reveal too many specific plays and things of that nature, seeing which players gave it their all was one of the main things Gibbs was looking for.
"We pretty much stayed with what we call base stuff," said Gibbs. "We were looking more for a kid that would compete and try and tie up some first and second team positions. We might have done that. A lot of different guys touched the ball and a lot of different guys played defense so we'll take a look at the film and see what it says."