POPLAR BLUFF -- Sikeston freshman Earnest Fobbs ran for a staggering 300 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough to tackle Poplar Bluff Monday during the Bulldogs' freshman football game in Poplar Bluff.
"We showed some heart today and I'm proud of that," Sikeston coach Matt Johnson said. "Just too many offensive mistakes and penalties. We clean those up, we win these types of games."
Poplar Bluff earned their advantage early and led 8-0 at halftime. Fobbs ran for a 75-yard touchdown early in the third quarter to make it an 8-6 game.
The Mules went back up by a possession with five minutes left in the third quarter on a 10-yard pass. One minute later, the Bulldogs scored on a 10-yard run by Nathan Hampton and tied the game at 14-14 following 2-point run by Dominique Dyes.
The Bulldogs (1-2) took a 6-point lead on a 20-yard touchdown run by Fobbs but failed to convert the 2-point conversion.
Poplar Bluff returned with a 50-yard scoring run and converted their 2-point conversion for the difference.
Sikeston tried frantically to drive the field for another score, but time ran out with the Bulldogs standing on the 30-yard line.
The Sikeston Bulldogs (4-0) defeated Poplar Bluff 42-32 Monday in junior varsity action.
Sophomore Marquez Newman led the Bulldogs with four touchdown runs from 4, 60, 70 and 50 yards away.
Ray Council added a 1-yard score in the first quarter, which ended in a 14-14 tie. Newman followed with three touchdown runs to put Sikeston ahead 35-26 late in the third.
Quarterback Matt Price hit Chase Davis with a 65-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to make up the final.
Dustin Oakes and Luke Williams each converted three point-after attempts.