KENNETT -- The Sikeston Bulldogs continued to roll through the regular season with another lopsided victory, ruining Kennett's homecoming ceremony with a 56-9 thrashing.
It was another solid performance as Sikeston gears up for Class 4, District 1 play on Friday when they host Perryville.
For the second straight year, the Bulldogs enter district play with a 7-0 record.
"The thing we try to tell our kids is every game you play is an opportunity to get better," Sikeston coach Kent Gibbs said. "It's kind of a tuneup before those final exams, and now our final exams are here and we've got to be ready to put in the time and do whatever it takes to do well on our finals."
It's the third time this season the Bulldogs have eclipsed the 50-point mark and it marks the fifth time they have put the mercy clock on an opponent this season.
"I thought our effort was good -- I thought we played well in all three phases of the game," Gibbs said.
The Bulldogs had some sloppy moments in the first half as three touchdowns were called back, although one of them was an official's error on an inadvertent whistle, however the other two were holding plays that erased two long touchdowns.
"We shot ourselves in the foot a couple times offensively, but you can't score every time you get it obviously," Gibbs said.
Other than those few mental lapses, Sikeston's offense proved to be unstoppable against the Indians as they tallied 519 total yards with 342 coming on the ground.
Quarterback Trey Lewis threw for 177 yards in the first half with two touchdowns and rushed for 108 yards with three touchdowns on just six carries.
Lewis' performance left Kennett head coach Kenneth Riedinger impressed, even comparing him to Juqualin Wiggins, Sikeston's record-setting quarterback last year.
"I think he's a track star -- he can go," Riedinger said. "I don't think they've missed a lick with putting Lewis in there and with Wiggins leaving. Wiggins was probably harder to bring down, but it sure didn't look like it tonight. That Lewis kid dang sure can throw. And man, when he gets in the open field we didn't have anybody that can catch him."
Lewis had touchdown runs of 17, 26 and 46 yards. He also had touchdown passes of 80 and 64 yards.
Lewis directed the Bulldogs on scoring drives on their first four possessions and staked a 35-9 halftime lead.
Ray Clark got Sikeston on the board with a 19-yard TD run. Hunter Williams, who was perfect on eight extra point attempts, gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead with 7:38 left in the first quarter.
Kennett (2-5) put together an 11-play drive on the ensuing possession and were able to slice the lead to 7-3 on a 37-yard field goal by Cameron Wallace with 4:14 left in the first quarter.
But the Bulldogs took total control from there.
Lewis had a pair of TD runs on the team's next two possessions and then he found Janeil Hatchett streaking down the field for a 64-yard TD pass to extend the lead to 28-3 with 9:11 left in the half.
Following a Bulldog fumble at their own 11-yard line, Kennett took full advantage as quarterback Adam Grantham hit Andy Lack for an 11-yard scoring strike to cut the lead to 28-9 with 1:57 left in the half.
Fifteen seconds later, Sikeston responded as Lewis hit Darryl Howard for an 80-yard touchdown on a screen pass to extend the lead to 35-9.
It was an identical play that Howard scored on earlier in the game from 77 yards out, but that play was erased due to a holding penalty.
Sikeston appeared to had tacked on another score right before the half on a Ray Clark 46-yard touchdown reception, but a holding call brought that one back as well. The Bulldogs never did get the touchdown back and Lewis ended up throwing his first interception of the year in the end zone with 17 seconds left in the half.
"The negative I guess is we had some holding calls that we need to do away with and we had one fumble on kind of a bad center deal and we tried to get the ball down when we probably shouldn't have," Gibbs said. "But overall I was pleased with our performance."
Sikeston sealed the game quickly in the third quarter as Lewis scored on a 46-yard run, his only carry of the second half, and Howard scored on the Bulldogs' following possession from 59 yards out to make it 49-9 with 8:39 left in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs cruised from there as reserves finished out the contest.
"Hats off to coach Gibbs for pulling his guys out and pulling off the throttle," Riedinger said. "To schedule Sikeston on homecoming was not my plan. It's disappointing any time to lose in front of your home fans, but at the end of the day you've got to compete and regardless of how good they are, you've got to step on the field and do a job and we just didn't do that."
Sikeston's Quentin Washington scored his first career touchdown on a 10-yard run with 6:25 left in the game to round out the scoring.
Howard finished with 102 yards on eight carries and caught two passes for 85 yards.
Hatchett had two catches for 89 yards.
"There's not a lot of secrets to what we do," Gibbs said. "We're going to run the option some and we're going to try to make big plays. We ran the option well and our linemen did a good job.
On the other side of the ball, Sikeston's defense was put to the test with another passing team.
Kennett's Adam Grantham completed 26-of-40 passes for 223 yards. The Bulldogs did manage to intercept two of his passes.
Most of the passes were short throws down the line of scrimmage, but the Indians' biggest plays came when Grantham would scramble and buy time with his legs.
"He's elusive and he's going to try to keep the play alive as long as he can keep his eyes downfield," Riedinger said of Grantham.
But the Indians had no running game to go with the passing attack, finishing with minus-28 yards on the ground.
The Indians only had two handoffs for runs while the rest of the rushing attempts were losses on quarterback sacks, scrambles and lateral passes.
Riedinger said the offensive strategy was not originally part of the team's scheme, but said they had to adjust the playbook when key players were lost to injury early in the season.
"We're really a Slot-T team and we're going to bang it at you, but we've lost all our guards," Riedinger said. "Both of them are out for the year and their backups went down. So do we want to throw it that many times? No. When you throw it that many times you start throwing incompletions and go three-and-out, and you're going to give an explosive offense the ball back."
Grantham's found two favorite targets regularly throughout the night. Wallace caught 13 passes for 116 yards while Lack had 11 receptions for 99 yards.
"Overall I thought we handled it well," Gibbs said of his team's defense. "Some of the things that you've got to watch, it's tough, but defensive backs have got to stay on receivers regardless of what happens. And the other thing is there were a couple times we had a chance to make a play on the quarterback and we missed tackles, and you can't do that. But he's a good athlete and he's going to make plays. I thought overall we did a pretty good job with it."
S -- Ray Clark 19 run (Hunter Williams kick), 7:38.
K -- Cameron Wallace 37 field goal, 4:14.
S -- Trey Lewis 17 run (Hunter Williams kick), 1:35.
S -- Trey Lewis 26 run (Hunter Williams kick), 11:27.
S -- Janeil Hatchett 64 pass from Trey Lewis (Hunter Williams kick), 9:11.
K -- Andy Lack 11 pass from Adam Grantham (kick failed), 1:57.
S -- Darryl Howard 80 pass from Trey Lewis (Hunter Williams kick), 1:42.
S -- Trey Lewis 46 run (Hunter Williams kick), 10:46.
S -- Darryl Howard 59 run (Hunter Williams kick), 8:39.
S -- Quentin Washington 10 run (Hunter Williams kick), 6:25.
Sikeston -- Trey Lewis 6-108, Darryl Howard 8-102, James Watson 6-51, Ray Clark 4-43, David Foster 2-14, Quentin Washington 1-10, Kyland Gross 3-9, Darien Boyd 1-4, Chris Word 2-1. Kennett -- Cameron Wallace 1-(-1), Darius Warren 4-(-11), Adam Grantham 13-(-16).
Sikeston -- Trey Lewis 5-10-1 177. Kennett -- Adam Grantham 26-40-2 223.
Sikeston -- Janeil Hatchett 2-89, Darryl Howard 2-85, Robert Garces 1-3. Kennett -- Cameron Wallace 13-116, Andy Lack 11-99, Logan Dollins 1-14, Jack Walls 1-(-6).