(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Though they only got two-and-a-half quarters in before lightening stopped play, the Sikeston Bulldogs had more than enough time to put up a strong offensive effort.
Leading visiting Charleston by 28-points at the half, Sikeston put up two more scores before lightning ended play with 3:47 left in the third, earning a 46-14 win in their final home game of the season.
"We've started hitting our peak," Bulldog coach Brent Taylor said. "We played really, really well Saturday. We come back, took care of business tonight and hopefully this Saturday (against Farmington) we can end this on a good note."
Getting excellent field position early, Sikeston took over deep in Bluejay territory after a failed fourth down attempt by Charleston.
Following a nine-yard run by Corban Blissett setting the ball up at the two, Marquez Newman punched in the score to give the Bulldogs a six-point lead with nearly six minutes still left in the first.
Just a few minutes later, Blissett connected with Dustin Oakes for a wide-open 31-yard strike up the right side to push the Bulldogs lead to 14.
Charleston's Delfinko Bogan came back on the next drive with a 64-yard run to the endzone to close the gap, Sikeston went on to score 20 unanswered points to end the half.
After Sikeston and Charleston both scored on their second half opening drive, it was Colton Hampton connecting with Blissett for the final score of the night as Blissett took the pass 45-yards up the left side for his second touchdown of the night with 4:04 left in the third.
Things came to a halt soon after as, with lighting and thunderstorms coming in from the west, officials decided to stop the game, giving the Bulldogs the win.
"I think we did what we needed to do," Taylor said. "We were looking at three games in eight days and we needed to stay as healthy as we possibly could stay."
Leading the Bulldogs, Newman came away with three of the Bulldogs seven touchdowns. Blissett also had a big night in running, catching and passing for a touchdown.
With one game left in the season, the win pushes Sikeston over the .500 mark at 3-2. They will wrap up their regular season along with the 7th grade team (4-0) this Saturday when they travel to farmington to take on the Knights at 10 a.m.