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Fans get first look at Dexter, East Prairie, NMCC football

Sunday, August 22, 2010

New Madrid County Central's Arlandre Newsom tries to break the tackle of East Prairie's Cody Morehead during the NMCC Jamboree on Friday night.
(David Jenkins, Staff)
NEW MADRID -- Fans of Dexter, East Prairie, Kennett and New Madrid County Central got their first taste of football this season Friday night, as NMCC hosted the other three in its jamboree.

Each school was given 12 plays on offense and 12 on defense against all three opposing schools, allowing them to work some things out before the regular season opens next week.

"We did some good things, but we also did a lot of bad things that we need to work on.," Dexter coach Aaron Pixley said. "I felt like we had a few good runs in there. In the passing game a lot of the passes we threw were real close.

"We tell our quarterbacks if you're going to miss, you miss long, and we were barely missing long. That's going to get better as the season goes on."

One of highlights of the Bearcat's night included backup quarterback DJ Dowdy connecting with Kenton Sanders for a 35-yard touchdown against East Prairie. Josh Overall also broke free for a 40-yard touchdown run against NMCC.

As for East Prairie, the Eagles had some promising plays of their own, including as 25-yard touchdown run by Zach Shipman against the Bearcats.

"It was our inside trap," East Prairie coach Jason Aycock said. "Just one of our bread-and-butter plays."

Aycock said he was pleased with what he saw out of his team Friday night.

"I thought the offensive line did a great job tonight," he said. "We always preach blocking and tackling.

"We don't ever give credit to our running backs because the offensive lineman, they're the ones that get in there and do all the grunt work and the running backs know that."

Showing off their running game, NMCC had several long gains including 40 and 25-yard runs by quarterback G'Darius Stevenson, the former leading to a 15-yard touchdown run on the next play by Jamareia Jones.

Though they had a few standout plays, NMCC coach Arlen Pixley said his team as a whole still has some things to work on.

"We didn't look very good offensively and defensively we're probably a little ahead of where I thought we would be," he said. "But offensively we have to get it going. We have to block somebody to get a play going and we're not doing a very good job of that right now."

Pixley added he was glad the event gave him an opportunity to reward some guys fighting for playing time.

"We've got some kids that are maybe not as good as our No. 1's right now that deserve some playing time because they're working hard," he said. "I think we did an outstanding job of getting kids plays tonight, especially ones that have been working hard and that deserved an opportunity."