(Brent Shipman photo)
In last week's 28-0 win over East Prairie, the Rams were able to pound out 322 yards on the ground, including 218 from star back Travis Phillips.
Against the Bearcats, however, Scott City was only able to muster a combined 34 rushing yards on the night as Dexter rolled to a 54-6 win.
"The defense shut the running game down," Dexter coach Aaron Pixley said. "That was big for us. You have a team here that has rushed for a lot of yards coming in and we've been giving up a lot of rush yards lately. Our defense played excellent."
Much of the Bearcat's success on defense came from their ability to contain Phillips who, after coming into the game with 442 yards on the season, finished the night with 28 yards on 11 carries.
And while Scott City's offense stalled, Dexter's soared.
Jumping out to an early lead, Bearcat quarterback Cody Stevens connected with Tyler Miller for a pair of touchdown passes to cap each of their first two drives, going up 14-0.
Capping the first quarter, Nick Summers then ran 47 yards for a score with 1:29 left in the frame before another four scores in the second frame left Dexter with a 47-0 lead at half.
It wasn't until Josh Overall scored his fourth touchdown of the night on a 10-yard run on the Bearcats' first possession of the second half, that the Bearcats offense finally stalled when they fumbled early in their next drive.
"We came out here and we expected to win," Stevens said. "We were fired up all week. We had a hard loss to Sikeston last week and we didn't do as good as we could have, but we came out here and responded."
It was with Dexter up 54-0 that the Rams were able to finally break up the shutout late in the fourth quarter. Finishing off a 77-yard drive with 4:19 to play, Scott City quarterback Jonathan McFall snuck the ball in from one yard out on a keeper up the middle to make up the final.
"Dexter is a good team," Ram's coach Jim May said. "That's first and foremost. They're a really good football team. They came out and took it to us and we let them do it.
"We're going to continue to get better because we're going to turn this around."
|Dexter||20||27||7||0 - 54|
|Scott City||0||0||0||6 - 6|
D -- Tyler Miller 22 pass from Cody Stevens (kick good), 10:01
D -- Tyler Miller 5 pass from Cody Stevens (kick good), 4:17
D -- Nick Summers 47 run (kick failed), 1:29
D -- Josh Overall 17 run (kick failed), 10:36
D -- Jacob Lee 8 pass from Cody Stevens (kick good), 8:19
D -- Josh Overall 9 run (kick good), 4:31
D -- Josh Overall 7 run (kick good), 2:21
D -- Josh Overall 10 run (kick good), 6:28
S -- Jonathan McFall 1 run (kick failed), 4:19
Dexter -- Nick Summers 9-117, Josh Overall 9-79, Cody Stevens 6-92, Jonathan Foels 5-19, Alex Cliff 3-13, Ryan Joyner 2-6, JT Putnam 1-1. Scott City -- Travis Phillips 11-28, Jonathan McFall 3-1, Gordy Bradley 2-1, Jacob Underwood 1-5.
Dexter -- Cody Stevens 7-12-127. Scott City -- Jonathan McFall 14-28-121.
Dexter -- Tyler Miller 5-107, Josh Overall 1-12, Jacob Lee 1-8. Scott City -- Zach Cotner 8-75, Austin Atchley 4-34, Cody Ashcraft 1-10, Logan Farmer 1-2.