(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
DEXTER -- The Sikeston Bulldogs junior varsity football team ended their season in grand fashion beating the Dexter Bearcats 44-14 on Monday.
Sikeston capped their 2011 spell with a 3-3 record.
"We gained a lot of experience and it was a pretty successful season," Sikeston coach Alan Sheeter said. "Hopefully, these kids will continue to keep playing and help us out on Friday nights in the future."
The Bulldogs gave Sikeston fans a glimpse into that future with another high-scoring performance.
Chase Davis and Ray Council put Sikeston ahead 12-0 after the first quarter on runs of three yards and two yards, respectively.
Dexter closed the gap to four points on a 5-yard touchdown pass and a 2-point run in the second quarter, but quarterback Reece Porter connected with Davis for a 62-yard pass to give Sikeston a 20-8 lead.
In the third quarter, Pat Gross took it to the house from 45 yards out. After another successful 2-point conversion, Sikeston was up 28-8.
The Bearcats put their second touchdown on the board with just over two minutes left in the third on a 25-yard pass.
Sikeston added two more scores for good measure in the fourth quarter, both coming from the legs of Porter. Porter charged through with a 1-yard run and sprinted 50 yards for the other.
Earlier in the afternoon in the two school's ninth-grade contest, the Bulldogs' pulled ahead early before routing the Bearcats 50-8.
Kicking things off, Colton Hampton connected with Corbyn Blissett for a 61-yard touchdown pass to put Sikeston up 8-0 with 4:54 left in the first quarter.
It was just seconds after Hampton found Tre Moore from 15 yards out to pull the Bulldogs ahead 14-0 with just under a minute left in the quarter that Dexter scored its lone touchdown of the game on an 85-yard kick return. A successful two-point conversion run pulled the Bearcats to within six at 14-8.
From that point on, the Bulldogs' defense locked down the Bearcats offense while Sikeston, led by running back Marquez Newman, found the end zone three more times before the half.
Opening up the second quarter, Newman scored on a run from 27 yards out before capping the Bulldogs' next drive with a 61-yard touchdown run with 6:47 to go before the half.
Picking up his third touchdown of the quarter, Newman found his way back into the end zone from 76 yards out to give Sikeston a 35-8 advantage going into the break.
Wrapping up the ninth-grade's big offensive afternoon, Bonner scored on a 15-yard pass from Hampton in the third quarter before a 28-yard touchdown run from Courtney Hawkins with 5:25 left in the game made up the 50-8 final.