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Bulldogs ready for explosive Kennett

Thursday, October 6, 2011

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SIKESTON -- The Kennett Indians were part of Missouri football history last week, but that's not going to sway the Sikeston Bulldogs.

Kennett combined with the Malden Green Wave to score 20 touchdowns, 134 points and over 1,200 yards of offense last Friday in a 75-59 loss.

"You can't let the 59 scare you," Sikeston coach Kent Gibbs said. "You just have to go play. We just need to execute on offense and do the things that we do and see how it turns out."

One reason for Kennett's latest offensive outburst is the switch from a spread throwing attack to a spread option offense with quarterback Adam Grantham and running back Darius Warren flourishing in their new scheme.

"They're doing things differently than they've done before," Gibbs said. "I think that's one of the reasons why they're scoring so many points."

Last week, Warren had 16 carries for 289 yards. He scored three touchdowns which included 54, 64 and 62-yard runs.

Warren's biggest asset is his speed. He finished third in the Missouri State Track and Field Championship meet in the 100-meter event just last year.

"Their running back is a tremendous football player," said Gibbs. "Now, they're spreading you, but they're doing more of an option game which they've had some big plays on. The big thing is (Warren) is trying to get to the edge and he can outrun some people.

"He's the real deal. If he gets away from us he'll score."

Grantham was 9 of 16 through the air and totaled 168 yards against Malden. He ran for four touchdowns and passed for one.

"Grantham can throw the ball," Gibbs said. "Now, he's not doing a lot of that but he's doing a good job of running the option."

The Bulldogs (5-1) are coming off of a high scoring game of their own. Only they were the ones doing the scoring.

Sikeston thumped New Madrid County Central 51-6 last Friday led by running back James Watson who rushed for 123 yards on 14 carries with three touchdowns in the first half alone. Watson eclipsed 1,000 yards for the season making him the 15th Bulldog to accomplish the feat.

"The thing that I really appreciated was that we went and took care of business and did what we needed to do," Gibbs said about their game with NMCC. "We didn't lose focus. We had a chance to get the young kids in there and they got some good snaps."

Gibbs continues to see improvement in his squad, but doesn't quite think they are there yet.

"I think we've gotten better," said Gibbs. "It's sometimes a little hard to see every game, but I do think we're playing a little bit better on defense. We've still got some cleaning up to do on offense but, overall I think we've gotten better."

The Bulldogs have been fortunate in avoiding injuries throughout the season. Sikeston goes into Week 7 without an injury keeping a player off the field.

"Hopefully, we'll stay that way," Gibbs said. "One thing we do lack is depth. We've been very fortunate with injuries."