DDD FOOTBALL CAPSULES: Sikeston at Kennett; Dexter at Malden

Photo by Dustin Ward, staff
The Kennett football team heads off the field earlier this season.

Sikeston at Kennett

LAST MEETING: Kennett won 36-0 in 2019

LAST WEEK: Kennett beat Poplar Bluff 41-19; NMCC beat Sikeston 64-34

HEAD TO HEAD STREAK: Sikeston leads series 59-10-1

ABOUT SIKESTON: Sikeston beat Caruthersville 17-6 in Week 1, Sikeston beat Dexter 28-21 in Week 2, Farmington beat Sikeston 25-7 in Week 3, Poplar Bluff beat Sikeston 30-9 in Week 4, Jackson beat Sikeston 71-0 in Week 5, Cape Central beat Sikeston 28-19 in Week 6, Potosi beat Sikeston 39-25 in Week 7, and NMCC beat Sikeston 64-34 in Week 8. NMCC moved the ball 382 yards in the air last week as it collected its first win against Sikeston in 11 years. Sikeston found some success through the air this season, behind sophomore quarterback Joseph Heckemeyer. Last week, against New Madrid County Central, Heckemeyer threw for 187 yards on 12-of-31 passing, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Those numbers brought his season total to 967 yards passing, on 69-of-160 passing, and seven touchdowns. Struggles surrounded Heckemeyer’s weapons at the start of the year, as he managed to throw for 100 yards twice through the first five games while only completing 29 of his 74 passing attempts (39 percent). However, since Week 6 against Jackson, everything has seemed to flip for not only the quarterback but the receivers. Heckemeyer has over 150 yards in two of his last three games and a career-high 211 yards against Potosi in Week 7. Senior Daniel Lawrence has 180 yards receiving on 15 catches during this recent stretch to go along with one touchdown, while junior C.J. Posey has six catches for 121 yards and one score. Both Lawrence and Posey have over 200 yards receiving this season, with Lawrence accumulating a team-best 281 on 21 catches. Posey has 237 yards receiving on eight receptions and two touchdowns. In the backfield, senior Lontas McClinton carries the bulk of the load for the Bulldogs. He has 72 carries for 413 yards and two touchdowns. He had nine rushes for 72 yards and a 27-yard touchdown last week against the Eagles.

ABOUT KENNETT: Kennett (8-0), which is ranked No. 6 in the latest Class 3 state poll, beat Malden 64-8 in Week 1, beat Doniphan 53-7 in Week 2, beat Ste. Genevieve 49-13 in Week 3, beat St. Pius X 46-0 in Week 4, beat East Prairie 51-6 in Week 5, beat NMCC 43-25 in Week 6, beat Dexter 50-13 in Week 7, and beat Poplar Bluff 41-19 in Week 8. Jordan Jarrett, who has ran for over 1,100 yards this season, had 20 carries for 251 yards and five touchdowns last week against Poplar Bluff. Kennett quarterback Bodey Ellis completed six of eight passes for 114 yards last week. Brooks Night, who had two catches for 65 yards, had Kennett’s only touchdown reception last week. Kennett punter Camden Pritchett punted had two punts for a total of 78 yards.

Dexter at Malden

LAST MEETING: Malden beat Dexter 20-0 in 2019

LAST WEEK: Dexter beat Perryville 35-7; Hayti beat Malden 58-6

HEAD TO HEAD STREAK: Malden has won the last eight meetings dating back to 2012

ABOUT DEXTER: Scott City beat Dexter 18-15 in Week 1, Sikeston beat Dexter 28-21 in Week 2, NMCC beat Dexter 40-20 in Week 3, East Prairie beat Dexter 25-15 in Week 4, Dexter beat Doniphan 26-7 in Week 5, Dexter did not play in Week 6, Kennett beat Dexter 50-13 in Week 7, and Dexter beat Perryville 35-7 in Week 8. Dexter put up the most points in its last 22 games last week. Dexter enjoyed several big scoring plays last week. Kaden Kennedy ran 41 yards for a touchdown, Ryan Collier caught a 15-yard touchdown pass and a 76-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Josh Alday, and Peyton Driskill caught a 62-yard touchdown pass from Alday against Perryville. Collier had 22 catches for 395 yards and eight touchdowns in Dexter's first six games. Alday completed 50 of 108 passes for 693 yards while throwing seven interceptions and 10 touchdowns in Dexter's first six games.

ABOUT MALDEN: Kennett beat Malden 64-8 in Week 1, Kelly beat Malden 48-6 in Week 2, Malden beat Charleston 36-12 in Week 3, Perryville beat Malden 35-30 in Week 4, Scott City beat Malden 54-21 in Week 5, Malden beat Crystal City 47-0 in week 6, Portageville beat Malden 24-14 in Week 7, and Hayti beat Malden 58-6 in Week 8. Freshman quarterback Quamereous Farmer completed nine of 22 passes for 134 yards with one touchdown and one interception last week against Hayti. Senior Coy Wade was his favorite target, catching three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Drew Blankinship paced Malden on the ground with 24 carries for 118 yards against the Hayti defense.

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