CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Sikeston ninth grade football team ended their season on a high note Monday defeating Cape Central 39-20.
Dominique Dyes scored four touchdowns in the win, which left the Bulldogs with a 3-2 final record.
Sikeston was scheduled to play Poplar Bluff for their final game of the year next week but it has been cancelled.
"Our performance and commitment really turned around towards the end of the year," Sikeston ninth grade coach Matt Johnson said. "We really pulled together as a team and it seemed to all come together at the end of the year."
Cape Central earned an early advantage in a back and forth first half on a 10-yard run.
Dyes scored his first touchdown shortly after on a 2-yard run to give the Bulldogs a 7-6 lead.
Dyes struck again in the second quarter with an 8-yard score pushing Sikeston's advantage to 13-6. A 54-yard pass by Cape Central, however, gave the Tigers a 14-13 lead.
Sikeston quarterback Nathan Hampton hit Dyes with a touchdown pass to give Sikeston a 19-14 lead at the half.
Cape Central regained the lead to start the third quarter, 20-19, but Dyes ignited the Bulldogs with an 80-yard kickoff return during their ensuing possession giving the Bulldogs, once again, an advantage at 25-20.
From that point on, Sikeston never trailed as Earnest Fobbs capped the game with two long touchdown runs of 35 and 33 yards away.
"I'm really excited about this group," Johnson said. "It bodes well for the future."
The Sikeston junior varsity football team lost their final game of the year to Cape Central Monday 36-13.
Sikeston ended their season with a 4-2 record after losing their last two games of the season.
"We ended on a down note, but the kids played really hard all season long," Sikeston junior varsity coach Alan Scheeter said.
The Bulldogs started the night in the right direction after quarterback Matt Price hit Chase Davis with a 15-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.
Cape Central answered right back with a 60-yard interception return with 11 seconds left in the second quarter to take an 8-7 lead into halftime.
The Tigers kept that momentum going in the second half with two scoring runs of 7 and 35 yards to go up 22-7. They tacked on another interception return from 80 yards away and a 15-yard touchdown run for a 36-7 lead.
Sikeston added their final score in the fourth quarter with three minutes remaining when Davis broke free for a 45-yard touchdown run.
"A lot of guys got good experience and hopefully some of them can continue to give us good minutes on Friday's from now on," said Scheeter.