(David Jenkins photo)
SIKESTON -- It won't go down as one of the prettiest games they've played, but the Sikeston Bulldogs continue to put 'W's' in the win column as they defeated Poplar Bluff 19-7 on Friday night at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium.
In a game that slowed to a crawl in the second half due penalties and sloppy play, Bulldog quarterback Kyland Gross had one of the best games of his career.
The 5-foot-10 senior rushed for a career-high 167 yards on nine carries, scoring on touchdown runs of 71 and 57 yards. He threw for a career-high 105 yards with a touchdown. In addition, he intercepted a pass on defense.
Sikeston's defense did the rest, limiting the Mules to 142 yards of offense while holding them out of the end zone. Poplar Bluff's lone score came on a Bulldog fumble in the end zone that the Mules recovered.
Sikeston improves to 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in the SEMO Conference. Poplar Bluff falls to 2-3 and 0-3 in league play.
S -- Aundrea Golden 22 pass from Kyland Gross (Nathan Hampton kick), 6:36
S -- Gross 71 run (pass failed), 10:17
S -- Gross 57 run (run failed), 4:19
P -- T.J. Boner fumble recovery in end zone (Collin Jones kick), 2:09
Rushing -- Poplar Bluff, Bi Nguyen 14-67, Cornelius Timothy 10-49, Alex Lewis 7-24, Jake Pulliam 1-6, T.J. Boner 1-0, Team 1-(-10), Kortez Ellis 10-(-39). Sikeston, Kyland Gross 9-167, Chris Word 15-31, Marquez Newman 2-6, Ray Council 1-2, Pat Gross 1-0, Reese Porter 1-(-1), Team 5-(-19).
Passing -- Poplar Bluff, Kortez Ellis 5-14-3 45, Alex Lewis 0-1-0 0. Sikeston, 4-11-0 105.
Receiving -- Poplar Bluff, Taylor Coleman 3-27, Drew Dowd 2-18. Sikeston, Spenser Clark 1-40, Chris Word 1-39, Aundrea Golden 1-22, Jeterrence Harris 1-4.