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East Prairie happy with its shot against district power Caruthersville (10/30/14)
sports@standard-democrat.com CARUTHERSVILLE -- The East Prairie Eagles may be in unknown territory when it comes to playoff experience but they're happy to know they have found it. Just a season ago, East Prairie finished one of its worst three-year stretches in school history. Fast forward a year later and the Eagles are one win away from a shot at a district championship, but will have to go through one of the district's perennial favorites to do so...
Peaking Bulldogs ready for its rematch against Cape Central (10/30/14)
sports@standard-democrat.com CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Two years ago the Sikeston Bulldogs entered district play as the top seed and found itself in a rematch with fourth-seeded Cape Central in the semifinals. The Tigers avenged a regular season loss to the Bulldogs by rallying to win in the final minute to advance to the district championship game...
Sikeston set to host Farmington in rematch (10/23/14)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Of the Sikeston Bulldogs' five wins this year, four were in convincing fashion. But the one that wasn't was a 14-13 down-to-the-wire thriller at Farmington in Week 5. Farmington felt like it let one slip away...
Prep Football Glance -- District Round 1 (10/23/14)
Chaffee at Valle Catholic Records: Chaffee 0-8; Valle Catholic 9-0 Series History: Valle Catholic leads 21-0 Last Meeting: 2011, Valle Catholic won 48-13 Last Week: Chaffee lost to Kelly 48-18; Valle Catholic defeated St. Pius X 47-9 Outlook: Chaffee is seeking history as they have never beaten Valle Catholic in 21 tries. ...
Sikeston looks to keep momentum going against Cardinal Ritter (10/16/14)
sports@standard-democrat.com ST. LOUIS -- With a crucial home victory over Soldan last Friday, the Sikeston Bulldogs have all but wrapped up home-field advantage for the the first round of the district playoffs. Now they are looking to keep the momentum going with its final regular season game at Cardinal Ritter tomorrow night at 7 p.m...
Prep Football Glance -- Week 9 (10/16/14)
Kelly at Chaffee Records: Kelly 3-5; Chaffee 0-7 Series History: First meeting Last Week: Kelly lost to Portageville 48-7; Chaffee lost to Jefferson 19-0 Outlook: After a two-game winning streak, Kelly has been outscored 108-25 in their last two games, both losses. ...
Bulldogs look to strengthen postseason stance with win over Soldan (10/09/14)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- With the regular season schedule winding down, the Sikeston Bulldogs will have just two more chances to secure home-field advantage for the district playoffs. Currently, the Bulldogs sit in fifth place in Class 4, District 1, one spot behind Farmington, a team that Sikeston owns the tiebreaker by virtue of its 14-13 win three weeks ago...
Prep Football Glance -- Week 8 (10/09/14)
Jefferson at Chaffee Records: Chaffee 0-6; Jefferson 3-4 Series History: Chaffee leads 2-0 Last Meeting: 2013, Chaffee won 56-22 Last Week: Chaffee lost to Malden 68-6; Jefferson defeated Grandview 34-7 Outlook: Chaffee's offense continues to struggle, scoring only 32 points in six games so far this season. ...
Prep Football Glance Week 8 (10/09/14)
Jefferson at Chaffee Records: Chaffee 0-6; Jefferson 3-4 Series History: Chaffee leads 2-0 Last Meeting: 2013, Chaffee won 56-22 Last Week: Chaffee lost to Malden 68-6; Jefferson defeated Grandview 34-7 Outlook: Chaffee's offense continues to struggle, scoring only 32 points in six games so far this season. ...
Prep Football Glance -- Week 7 (10/02/14)
Our prep football glance gives vital information for our local teams entering their weekly matchups. Learn your team's opponent, go-to players and the series history between the two throughout the season.
Underdog Sikeston hosts state-ranked Jackson (10/02/14)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Three weeks ago, Sikeston suffered a gut-wrenching last second loss to Dexter on a "hook and ladder" play. But they bounced back the following week with a thrilling victory against Farmington. Now Sikeston finds itself in a similar situation...
Sikeston plays host to slumping Poplar Bluff (09/25/14)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Sikeston football coach Kent Gibbs found out a lot about his team last Friday. He found out that his team has some guts. He found out that his team has some heart. And he found out that his team still wants to win...
Prep Football Glance -- Week 6 (09/25/14)
Our prep football glance gives vital information for our local teams entering their weekly matchups. Learn your team's opponent, go-to players and the series history between the two throughout the season.
Eagles can't stop high-powered Green Wave (09/20/14)
sports@standard-democrat.com MALDEN -- Just as impressive as Malden's undefeated start to the year has been how they've done it. Nearing the midway point of the season the Green Wave have dominated the opposition in winning by an average of 46 points per game, including a 71-8 drubbing of Scott City last week...
Sikeston football team faces Farmington after two crushing losses (09/18/14)
sports@standard-democrat.com FARMINGTON -- The season started with promise. A pair of lopsided victories over Charleston and New Madrid County Central gave the Sikeston Bulldogs reason to be excited. But a loss to powerful Cape Central and a crushing last-minute defeat last week to Dexter has the season in a state of flux...
Prep Football Glance -- Week 5 (09/18/14)
Our prep football glance gives vital information for our local teams entering their weekly matchups. Learn your team's opponent, go-to players, conference standings and the series history between the two throughout the season.
Prep Football Glance -- Week 4 matchups (09/11/14)
Our prep football glance gives vital information for our local teams entering their weekly matchups. Learn your team's opponent, go-to players and the series history between the two throughout the season.
Sikeston looking to bounce back against Dexter (09/11/14)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Sometimes teams get blown out. It happens in sports on all levels. How a team responds after being on the receiving end of a lopsided score -- those are the moments that often define a team's character. The Sikeston Bulldogs will see exactly what they are made of tomorrow night when they host Dexter at 7 p.m. at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium...
Prep football glance -- Week 3 matchups (09/04/14)
Our prep football glance gives vital information for our local teams entering their weekly matchups. Learn your team's opponent, go-to players and the series history between the two throughout the season.
100th meeting pits 2-0 Sikeston, Cape Central (09/04/14)
sports@standard-democrat.com CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Sikeston and Cape Central have been going at it for a long time on the football field. Many of them nail-biters. Some of them blowouts. All of them intense. With Sikeston holding a close 50-42-7 edge in the all-time series, the rivalry has been about as close as you can get...
Sikeston looking for another gauge against NMCC (08/28/14)
sports@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID -- The Sikeston Bulldogs entered the 2014 season with plenty of question marks. Despite a 66-20 drubbing over rival Charleston in the season opener last Friday, head coach Kent Gibbs still isn't sure what kind of team he has...
Prep Football Glance -- Week 2 matchups (08/28/14)
Our prep football glance gives vital information for our local teams entering their weekly matchups. Learn your team's opponent, go-to players and the series history between the two throughout the season.
Football preview: Kelly Hawks ready to take off after two seasons of JV flight lessons (08/21/14)
Kelly, which made the decision to add football in 2010, will play its first varsity season this year.
Sikeston, Charleston enter first game with questions (08/21/14)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Both the Sikeston Bulldogs and Charleston Bluejays enter the 2014 football season on similar paths. Lots of youth. Lots of inexperience. Both will attempt to answer some internal questions about their teams when Charleston visits Sikeston tomorrow in the 129th game in the long, storied rivalry at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium at 7 p.m...
Prep Football Glance -- Week 1 matchups (08/21/14)
Our prep football glance gives vital information for our local teams entering their weekly matchups. Learn your team's opponent, go-to players and the series history between the two throughout the season.
Football preview: Up-tempo Jackson Indians rejuvenated under Eckley (08/21/14)
The Indians, with a reinvigorated up-tempo, spread offense, have made the transformation from a struggling program to a Class 5 quarterfinalist over the past two seasons.
Football preview: Skill position players bring high hopes for Cape Central (08/21/14)
Chaffee transfer Peyton Montgomery will have an experienced group of wide receiver targets.
Football preview: Perryville has sights set on competing late in games (08/21/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- It's been almost 10 years since the Perryville Pirates football team won a district title, and even that wasn't enough to finish with a winning record. The Pirates finished that season with a losing record, and although the task of having a winning season appears monstrous, Perryville coach Mike Wojtczuk has his sights set elsewhere...
Football preview: Youth still abundant for Scott City entering new season (08/21/14)
There were plenty of growing pains last season for the Scott City Rams football team. With young players littered throughout the starting lineup, the Rams claimed one regular-season victory but were able to defeat Charleston 20-14 in the first game of the Class 2 District 1 playoffs...
Football preview: First-year coach provides familiarity for St. Vincent (08/21/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- It's been an eventful summer for Nathan Rowland, who was given his first opportunity to become a head football coach in May. A 2002 graduate of St. Vincent and assistant coach on last year's team, Rowland offers the Indians plenty of value in familiarity...
Football preview: Chaffee faces tough challenges after key losses (08/21/14)
Led by an experienced senior class, Chaffee claimed its first SEMO South Conference title in 34 years, but that doesn't discourage coach Charlie Vickery, who believes the Red Devils have enough returning talent to turn last year's success into a trend.
Rebuilding is a welcome task, says Hayti HS football head coach (08/12/14)
When Hayti High School football coach Neal Cruce walked onto the job last year, he not only knew what he was getting into, he welcomed the challenge. "We had six seniors, and we sent three out of six to play college football," Cruce said inside his office, just just one door away from the school's weight room. "So we're excited about that. I knew there was talent here. I know this district is winnable...but we got moved up to 2A."...
Caruthersville, Malden meet again with championship on the line (11/08/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CARUTHERSVILLE -- To be the best you have to beat the best. That's exactly what the Malden Green Wave will try to do Monday when they try to take on perennial powerhouse Caruthersville in the Class 2, District 1 championship game...
Prep Football Glance: District Quarterfinal (10/31/13)
Our prep football glance gives vital information for our local teams entering their weekly matchups. Learn your team's opponent, go-to players and the series history between the two throughout the season. (5)St. Vincent at (4)Portageville Records: St. Vincent (5-4); Portageville (5-3)...
Bulldogs open district play by hosting North County (10/31/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Despite losing three of its last four regular season games, the Sikeston Bulldogs football team just barely held on for home-field advantage in the first round of Class 4, District 1 play. The fourth-seeded Bulldogs held off fifth-seed North County by the smallest of margins, 35.98 to 35.73...
District football tournaments to kick off Thursday (10/29/13)
After losing three of their last four, the Sikeston Bulldogs football team will enter the Class 4, District 1 tournament as the fourth seed as area teams try to keep their seasons alive during the first round of district play starting Thursday. Sikeston (6-3) will host North County (6-3) at SPS Stadium Thursday at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs finished the regular season with a 35.98 district point total which was slightly better than North County's 35.73...
Prep Football Glance -- Week 9 (10/24/13)
Our prep football glance gives vital information for our local teams entering their weekly matchups. Learn your team's opponent, go-to players and the series history between the two throughout the season. Chaffee at Charleston Records: Chaffee (8-0); Charleston (4-4)...
Best seed on the line for SHS against Cardinal Ritter (10/24/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com ST. LOUIS -- Heading into last year's regular season finale against Cardinal Ritter, the Sikeston Bulldogs had already accomplished all of its season goals. They had already clinched the SEMO North Conference title and had locked up the top seed in Class 4, District 1...
Finishing season strong first on Sikeston's agenda (10/17/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- With two games left on the regular season schedule and conference play finished, the Sikeston Bulldogs' focus has shifted to closing out strong and attempting to get the highest seed possible in district play...
Prep Football Glance -- Week 8 (10/17/13)
Our prep football glance gives vital information for our local teams entering their weekly matchups. Learn your team's opponent, go-to players and the series history between the two throughout the season. Jefferson at Chaffee Records: Chaffee (7-0); Jefferson (5-2)...
Sikeston looking to get back on track against rival Cape Central (10/09/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- It's been a long time since the Sikeston Bulldogs have been in this position. Coming off a lopsided loss and with no chance at winning a conference title, this is unfamiliar territory for Bulldog football. Now it's up to Sikeston coach Kent Gibbs and his staff to refocus the team's goals and it starts tomorrow night when they host rival Cape Central in the 99th meeting between the two schools at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium at 7 p.m...
Prep Football Glance -- Week 7 (10/09/13)
Our prep football glance gives vital information for our local teams entering their weekly matchups. Learn your team's opponent, go-to players and the series history between the two every Thursday throughout the season. Malden at Chaffee Records: Chaffee (6-0); Malden (5-1)...
Prep Football Glance -- Week 6 (10/03/13)
Our prep football glance gives vital information for our local teams entering their weekly matchups. Learn your team's opponent, go-to players and the series history between the two every Thursday throughout the season. Chaffee at East Prairie Records: East Prairie (1-4); Chaffee (5-0)...
Tough test awaits Bulldogs as they head to 'The Pit' in Jackson (10/03/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com JACKSON -- The Jackson Indians' rise as the premier high school football program in southeast Missouri is nearly complete. Only one obstacle remains: the Sikeston Bulldogs. The two SEMO North Conference powers will square off tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Jackson High School in the 98th meeting between the long storied rivals...
Prep Football Glance -- Week 5 (09/26/13)
Our prep football glance gives vital information for our local teams entering their weekly matchups. Learn your team's opponent, go-to players and the series history between the two every Thursday throughout the season. Caruthersville at NMCC Records: Caruthersville (3-1); NMCC (2-2)...
Poplar Bluff, Nguyen look to ruin Bulldogs' undefeated streak (09/26/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com POPLAR BLUFF -- If Sikeston's football team has any intentions of keeping its undefeated season alive tomorrow night at Poplar Bluff, the Bulldog defense may want to locate and tackle No. 9 for the Mules. The player donning that jersey number is Bi Nguyen, a 5-foot-6, 140 pound junior running back dynamo that has torched opposing defenses this year to the tune of 723 yards rushing, averaging 7.2 yards with every carry...
Bulldogs put undefeated record on the line against Farmington (09/18/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- If defense wins championships then the Sikeston Bulldogs are looking good so far this season. Through three games Sikeston's defense has yet to allow a single point and have held Charleston, New Madrid County Central and Dexter to a combined total of 153 yards of offense, or an average of 51 yards per game...
New Dexter coach searching for "huge" win against Bulldogs (09/11/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- For 13 years, Aaron Pixley roamed the sidelines as Dexter's head football coach. For the first time since 1999, Sikeston will see a different man in charge when they play at Dexter tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Now leading the Bearcats is 34-year-old Justin Peden, a native of Bolivar, Ohio, who previously spent seven years at Hayti, including the last two as head coach...
Sikeston defense hoping to lead charge again versus NMCC (09/04/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Last season, the Sikeston Bulldogs hung its hat on a suffocating defense and a ground-based offense led by an all-state playmaker at quarterback in Kyland Gross on the way to a 9-2 record. If last Friday's 24-6 season opening victory over Charleston is any indication, the Bulldogs may have a similar team this year...
Prep Football Glance -- Week 2 (09/04/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com Our prep football glance gives vital information for our local teams entering their weekly matchups. Learn your team's opponent, go-to players and the series history between the two every Thursday throughout the season. Hayti at Charleston...
Bluejays looking for overdue win in state's oldest rivalry against Sikeston (08/29/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- The Charleston Bluejays' turnaround in football is nearly complete. After going through one of the worst stretches in school history when they posted a record of 2-27 from 2008 through 2010, the Bluejays went 9-3 last year, marking its first winning season in seven years and the nine wins tying for the most they've had since 2001...
Prep Football Glance Week 1 (08/29/13)
2012 Records: East Prairie (0-10); Perryville (3-7) Series History: Perryville leads 10-1 Last Meeting: 2012, Perryville won 41-0 Outlook: East Prairie is coming off a winless season and will be young once again in 2013. The Eagles will be moving away from their Wing-T offense and will run a mix of power and spread formations. ...
Senior RB has unfinished business (08/29/13)
When Alex Winkler heard the pop, he knew immediately what had happened. It was the final regular season game for the St. Vincent Indians, at rival Jefferson High. Shortly after halftime, Winkler, playing tailback for the Indians, took a pitch and headed to his left. Seeing the safety coming up, Winkler planted his leg and tried to cut back to the right when he heard a distinct "pop."...
Pirates see value in diversified attack (08/29/13)
There's a good reason for fans of Perryville football to be optimistic. The Pirates finished the 2012 season 3-7 -- hardly a cause for celebration. But head coach Mike Wotjtczuk was able to unearth a few hidden gems throughout the year that should help the Pirates improve in 2013...
Experienced offensive line a key for Central (08/29/13)
To run the football effectively, a nimble halfback is important, but a capable offensive line is essential. Welcome to Cape Central football. "They've been together for awhile," Norman said of his experienced offensive line, which returns five solid starters from last year's team which defied the odds and defeated Sikeston 17-14 in a Class 4 district semifinal last year before falling 28-20 to Hillsboro in a Class 4 district final. "They've been in the wars, so to speak."...
Less is more for SC's Miller (08/29/13)
Boys generally grow into offensive tackles. But in the case of Scott City senior Austin Miller, he had to downsize to become one. The 284-pound right tackle has turned back the hand of the scale in his four years at Scott City and earned a starting job on the offensive line for the first time...
Montgomery is Devils' dual threat (08/29/13)
Followers of football in Southeast Missouri may not be overly familiar with Chaffee's Charlie Montgomery. And if they happened to see him play varsity football, their image is in need of an update -- either he was much younger or injured. Red Devils coach Charlie Vickery knows Montgomery, and he talks enthusiastically about the football ability of his 6-foot-2, 176-pound senior. His only problem is assigning an exact position on offense, referring to him as both a receiver and running back...
Patience pays off for Vandeven (08/29/13)
Dante Vandeven has been playing quarterback much of his life and he anxiously awaited his opportunity last year. But Vandeven said it wasn't difficult showing patience during his first season with Jackson High School's varsity. Vandeven assumed his time would eventually come -- and when it did, he took full advantage...
Bluejays looking for overdue win in state's oldest rivalry against Sikeston (08/28/13)
The two ancient rivals, Sikeston and Charleston, will meet for the 128th time tomorrow night in the season opener at Charleston's Marshall Stadium
Football Preview: Charleston Bluejays (08/28/13)
Bluejays looking to continue strides
Football Preview: Dexter Bearcats (08/28/13)
New coach, new offense in line for new-look Bearcats.
Football Preview: New Madrid County Central (08/28/13)
Youth and speed hope to be factors in NMCC's turnaround.
Football Preview: Portageville Bulldogs (08/28/13)
Portageville wanting to build off historic 2012 season.
Football Preview: Chaffee Red Devils (08/28/13)
Kicked of injuries, the Chaffee Red Devils are anxious to hit field.
Football Preview: Sikeston Bulldogs (08/28/13)
Bulldogs remain steady with high postseason aspirations
Kennett Indians football preview (08/17/13)
The Kennett Indians will have a new Head Coach this year, as former Dexter Bearcat coach Aaron Pixley will take over. According to an article published in Dexter Daily Statesman on Aug. 23, 2012, Pixley is Dexter's all-time winningest football coach. ...
Practice continues (08/14/13)
Sikeston head football coach Kent Gibbs watches his team go through drills Tuesday at the Sikeston Public Schools practice field. Sikeston's first game will be Aug. 30 at Charleston.
First practice (08/13/13)
SEMO Coaches Association Contact Camp gets underway (06/28/13)
Members of the Sikeston and Perryville football team scrimmage against each other during the Fifth Annual SEMO Coaches Association Contact Camp at Sikeston Public Stadium. The event kicked off Thursday afternoon and will conclude today.
Rivalry renewed (10/30/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- It doesn't seem to be a playoff until Sikeston and Cape Central take the field against one another. For the second time in three years, Sikeston and Cape Central renew their rivalry during the Class 4 playoffs, Wednesday in the District 1 semifinals at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium at 7 p.m...
ROUND 2 DISTRICT MATCH-UPS (10/30/12)
CLASS 1, DISTRICT 1 ------ Hayti at Portageville When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Records: Hayti (4-5), Portageville (8-1) Series History: Portageville leads 43-26-3 Last Meeting: 2012, Portageville won 35-22 Last Week: Portageville 50, Cabool 7; Hayti 20, St. Vincent 14...
Week 10: High school FB preview capsules (10/25/12)
Class 4 District 1, first round District seeding: (8) Perryville (3-6) at (1) Sikeston (8-1); (7) De Soto (3-6) at (2) Hillsboro (7-2); (6) Farmington (3-6) at (3) North County (6-3); (5) Festus at (4) Central Last week: Central 24, Festus 15...
ROUND 1 DISTRICT MATCH-UPS (10/24/12)
------ When: 7 p.m. Friday Records: Cabool (0-9), Portageville (7-1) Series History: Cabool leads 2-0 Last Meeting: 2011, Cabool won 41-10 Last Week: Salem 41, Cabool 21; NMCC 46, Portageville 0 Outlook: Cabool has struggled this season, averaging just 10 points per contest while allowing 39. ...
Searching to bounce back from first loss, Bulldogs open districts (10/24/12)
SIKESTON -- Getting over a brutal loss can be a struggle for any team. Luckily for the Sikeston Bulldogs, a No. 1 seed in the Class 4, District 1 tournament has them sitting pretty with a perfect rebound game. Needing to bounce back from their 24-16 loss to Cardinal Ritter, the Bulldogs open the district tournament with the Perryville Pirates -- a team they have owned the past two years...
Within reach: Top district seed, third undefeated regular season on the line for SHS (10/18/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Friday's regular season finale against the Cardinal Ritter Lions may not grab many headlines around the area, but for the Sikeston Bulldogs, this game carries a lot of weight. For one, it's a chance for the Bulldogs to secure, for certain, the top seed in the Class 4, District 1 bracket. ...
PREP FOOTBALL Week 9 Glance (10/18/12)
Records: NMCC (2-6); Portageville (7-0) Series History: Portageville leads 3-2 Last Meeting: 1985, NMCC won 7-0 Last Week: Fredericktown 42, NMCC 6; Portageville was idle Outlook: The two schools, separated by just 15 miles, will meet for the first time in 27 years tonight. ...
SHS prepares for road test against Jennings (10/11/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com JENNINGS -- With conference play already wrapped up as well as a large lead in the district standings, the Sikeston Bulldogs will try to keep its undefeated season alive with a Saturday afternoon game in St. Louis against an unfamiliar opponent...
PREP FOOTBALL Week 8 Glance (10/11/12)
Records: Chaffee (2-5); Jefferson (3-3) Series History: first meeting Last Week: Malden 46, Chaffee 22; Jefferson 53, Grandview 34 Outlook: Chaffee's defense that had played so well for most of the season was gashed last week against Malden, allowing 463 rushing yards, including 310 yards to the leading rusher in Southeast Missouri Romello McCoy (1,439 yards). ...
Unfinished business (10/05/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com CAPE GIRARDEAU -- With a conference title already clinched, the Sikeston Bulldogs still have some unfinished business. With its victory over Jackson last week, the Bulldogs clinched a share of the SEMO Conference North title -- its third in the last four years...
PREP FOOTBALL Week 7 Glance (10/05/12)
Records: Chaffee (2-4); Malden (4-2) Series History: Malden leads 34-18-3 Last Meeting: 2011, Malden won 49-25 Last Week: Chaffee 35, East Prairie 8; Malden 40, Hayti 26 Outlook: Chaffee has lost 24 of the last 25 meetings to the Green Wave with their only win since 1978 coming with a 24-14 win in 2008. ...
Battle of unbeatens (09/27/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- As the Sikeston Bulldog football program rose as an area power in 2009, the Jackson Indians fell. Arguably Southeast Missouri's premier program the previous two decades, Jackson enjoyed sustained success under former coach Carl Gross, reaching two Class 4A championship games, a 5A semifinal appearance, and nine playoff appearances in a 15-year stretch...
PREP FOOTBALL: Week 6 Glance (09/27/12)
Records: East Prairie (0-5); Chaffee (1-4) Series History: Chaffee leads 43-34-3 Last Meeting: 2011, Chaffee won 42-12 Last Week: Malden 46, East Prairie 7; Scott City 27, Chaffee 12 Outlook: East Prairie continues to struggle both offensively and defensively. ...
PREP FOOTBALL Week 5 Glance (09/20/12)
Records: Chaffee (1-3), Scott City (3-1) Series History: Scott City leads 34-16 Last Meeting: 2011, Scott City won 34-20 Last Week: Portageville 21, Chaffee 6; Malden 36, Scott City 26 Outlook: After losing 21-straight games to Scott City, Chaffee has won three of the last five from their rivals. ...
Trap game? (09/20/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Fourteen years ago, Poplar Bluff coach Mark Barousse was in his second season with the Mules. His young squad was a prohibitive underdog against an undefeated Sikeston team in 1998, but the Mules left Sikeston Public Schools Stadium with a surprising 28-14 victory over the Bulldogs...
Dome game (09/13/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com ST. LOUIS -- Heading into the 2012 season, the Sikeston Bulldogs were a lock to play in the dome. It was a guarantee, as some of the coaches said in the preseason. And they were right, because on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., Sikeston and Farmington will play at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis in the Great American Football Classic...
PREP FOOTBALL: Week 4 Glance (09/13/12)
Records: Dexter (0-3), Caruthersville (2-1) Series History: Dexter leads 43-31-2 Last Meeting: 2011, Dexter won 56-55 Last Week: Sikeston 47, Dexter 7; Caruthersville 34, Charleston 12 Outlook: Dexter's brutal early schedule continues with high-powered Caruthersville. ...
Staying afloat (09/06/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs are 2-0 and ranked seventh in the latest state poll in Class 4 so far on the young season, but that means very little without improvement every week according to head coach Kent Gibbs. The Bulldogs showed small signs of some improvement in last week's 12-0 victory over New Madrid County Central and Gibbs hopes things will continue to get better tomorrow night when they host Dexter at 7 p.m...
PREP FOOTBALL Week 3 Glance (09/06/12)
Records: Hayti (0-2), Chaffee (1-1) Series History: Hayti leads 38-23-2 Last Meeting: 2011, Hayti won 26-6 Last Week: Charleston 20, Hayti 14; St. Pius X 16, Chaffee 8 (2OT) Outlook: Hayti is 0-2 for the first time since they finished 0-9 in 1998, but they have beaten the Red Devils 13-straight times. ...
PREP FOOTBALL Week 2 Glance (08/30/12)
Records: St. Pius X (0-1), Chaffee (1-0) Series History: Chaffee leads 3-1 Last Meeting: 2011, Chaffee won 39-7 Last Week: Portageville 34, St. Pius X 14; Chaffee 36, Grandview 14 Outlook: St. Pius X has lost 19 games in-a-row, last notching a win on Aug. ...
Sikeston v. NMCC (08/30/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID -- Both the New Madrid County Central and Sikeston football teams witnessed the same kind of mistakes in their season-opening games last week. Several fumbles, missed assignments and special teams gaffes led to NMCC getting rolled up by Malden 32-6 and Sikeston narrowly escaping upset-minded Charleston 27-14...
No. 127 (08/23/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The Sikeston-Charleston football rivalry is steeped in tradition unlike most high school opponents in the area. After 126 games, longstanding milestones are bound to be broken from time to time. The two teams met on Thanksgiving Day every single year for 50 straight years until it was controversially moved in 1960...
Week 1 Glance (08/23/12)
2011 Records: East Prairie (1-9); Perryville (1-9) Series History: Perryville leads 9-1 Last Meeting: 1990, Perryville won 31-6 Outlook: Both teams are coming off of a disappointing 2011 that saw each team just win a single game. East Prairie is under new leadership this season in coach Chad Jamerson, but the Eagles will continue to run the Wing-T led by sophomore quarterback Mack Marcum. ...
High school football schedules (08/22/12)
Football schedules for all teams in the semoball.com coverage area.
Bearcats tasked with filling holes with inexperience (08/21/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- Filling the void left by graduates is simply part of the game. Coaches are tasked with the job every year with some being worse than others. If you're lucky, you'll have players that can step in, know the system and make the transition a little easier...
One year seasoned, NMCC is hoping to turn things around (08/21/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID -- After combining for three wins over the past two seasons, the New Madrid County Eagles will enter the 2012 season as a team looking to turn the corner and get back to their winning ways. Following a three year stretch where the Eagles were annual Class 3 contenders and compiled a 28-9 record, NMCC has suffered through a two year drought where graduation has took it's toll...
Bluejays moving out of rebuilding mode (08/20/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- The time of rebuilding is over. A playoff berth and a .500 regular season a year ago brought optimism and a change of attitude for 2012 for the Charleston Bluejays "We're not in the rebuilding phase anymore," senior linebacker Cole Byford said. "We're on the up and up and I think we're peaking at the right time here."...
Preview: Kennett Indians football team (08/18/12)
After just two football practices, second-year Kennett football coach Corey Adkisson felt his 2012 varsity team was better prepared to start the season than his 2011 squad was during its first week of practice.
Preview: Caruthersville Tigers football team (08/18/12)
QUARTERBACK The Tigers had another stellar season last year, posting an 11-2 overall record and making their third straight appearance in the Class 2 quarterfinals. Taking the snaps for the Tigers last season was sophomore Tyler Grissom. Grissom was fortunate to have not one, but two All-State running backs behind him in Elbie Fonda and Darrell Monroe, but Grissom was no slouch himself at toting the rock...
Preview: Hayti Indians football team (08/18/12)
QUARTERBACK To say the Hayti Indians received strong play at the quarterback position last season would be an understatement. Junior Karnard Humes, in his first full season at the helm for the Indians threw for 1,394 yards and 11 touchdowns while leading his team to a 7-2 record and a playoff birth. ...
Preview: Portageville Bulldogs football team (08/18/12)
The Portageville Bulldog football program will begin a new era under the leadership of new head coach Jeff Bullock. Coach Bullock is no stranger to high school sports. Prior to coming to Portageville, he worked for the Holcomb School District in many different capacities. He was their Superintendent, High School Principal, and coach at different times...
Preview: NMCC Eagles football team (08/18/12)
If there was one word to describe what coach Arlen Pixley has to say for his New Madrid County Central Eagles is "Improvement". The 15-year veteran coach said: "This season, we are looking for a lot of improvement. We had a lot of freshmen that came in and played for us a little bit at the tail end of our schedule, against the very difficult schedules we had last year. We are going to rely on them pretty heavily this year as sophomores. We are pretty excited about this group...
Preview: Malden Green Wave football team (08/18/12)
Joel Wyatt is in his third year as head football coach for Malden High School. Wyatt, along with assistant coaches Kevin Collier and Josh Blaylock, work to teach Malden players their style of football. This year, their special foes have been the incredible heat and attrition...
Red vs Black (08/11/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Sikeston head coach Kent Gibbs was a bit worried about filling four new coaching positions coming into the 2012 football season. And rightfully so. Their recent success of playoff runs, undefeated seasons and record-breaking performances were an offspring of talent on the field mixed with the guys fitted with headsets on the sidelines...
RED V. BLACK (08/10/12)
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Kicking it off (08/07/12)
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'Domeward' bound (07/25/12)
Sikeston will take its regularly scheduled Week 4 game against the Farmington Knights to the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Schedule revamp (06/12/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Along with a new district playoff format, two new teams will grace the back end of the Sikeston Bulldog football schedule this upcoming season. Class 4 Jennings and Class 3 Cardinal Ritter will give the Bulldogs a fresh look at different competition and possibly get them ready for the new playoff format...
Playoff time arrives (11/02/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com HILLSBORO -- There have been very few occasions during the past three seasons that the Sikeston Bulldogs football team have had to rebound from a lopsided loss. The 55-21 drubbing put on by the Farmington Knights last week will be their next chance to bounce back from what ended up being a loss that kicked Sikeston from a third-straight district title as well as a SEMO Conference championship as well...
Bearcats set to take on familiar foe in regional (11/02/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- The Dexter Bearcats and Park Hills Central Rebels are no strangers. When the two teams meet tonight in a Class 3 regional match-up at Charles Bland Stadium in Dexter, it will be the fourth meeting in the last two years, with the Bearcats winning the prior three meetings...
Upstart Charleston hopes to sting Hornets in Class 2 regional (11/02/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Back in the postseason for the first time since 2007, the Charleston Bluejays will face a tough road test tonight as they get set to play the Crystal City Hornets. "They know it's a big game," Charleston head coach Brett Blackman said of his kids. "We've had a good week of practice and hopefully we're ready to compete. The kids are fired up, we're in the playoffs and we're going to see what we can do...
Winner take all (10/27/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Although they have a place in the state playoffs sewn up, the Sikeston Bulldogs want more. What they want is to be able to call themselves a three-time district champion. Once again, the Farmington Knights are standing in their way...
Jays look to slow down state-ranked Tigers (10/27/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Even after wrapping up a playoff birth in last week's 43-7 rout over Malden, the Charleston Bluejays enter their final game of the regular season with plenty at stake. When they host the Caruthersville Tigers tonight, the Bluejays will be playing for the Class 2, District 1 championship as well as home-field advantage in the first round of the postseason...
Sikeston preps for rivalry match-up (10/20/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Although it has lessened of late, the recent rivalry built between Sikeston and Cape Central will again rear it's head. On Friday, the tension between the two will rise, however, as they see themselves heading straight forward into a must-win situation...
Bulldogs ready for explosive Kennett (10/06/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The Kennett Indians were part of Missouri football history last week, but that's not going to sway the Sikeston Bulldogs. Kennett combined with the Malden Green Wave to score 20 touchdowns, 134 points and over 1,200 yards of offense last Friday in a 75-59 loss...
Sikeston football team ready for young NMCC (09/29/11)
"It there's something that we're looking to do, it's to be consistent through all four quarters," Sikeston coach Kent Gibbs said, "in all three phases of the game."
Sikeston football team will get road test at Jackson (09/22/11)
Sikeston has not won a game at Jackson since the 2002 season.
Familiar foes (09/15/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- When Mark Barousse left Poplar Bluff after a successful five-year run in 2001, Sikeston fans were probably not too sad to see him leave. That's because in Barousse's time as head coach, his Mules never lost to Sikeston...
'Measuring stick' (09/08/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- After two weeks and a 1-1 record, Sikeston head coach Kent Gibbs is looking at Week 3 to see just where his Bulldogs are at. Sikeston will travel to Dexter on Friday night to take on the Bearcats, who are continuing to ride their post season hot streak from a season ago...
Rivalry matchup (09/01/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Both the Sikeston Bulldogs and the Charleston Bluejays are coming off of rare occurrences from their Week 1 games. The Bulldogs will go without a perfect regular season for the first time since 2008 after losing 34-14 to Gateway Tech while Charleston won their first game since 2009 during their dramatic come from behind victory over the Kennett Indians...
SWEET HOME: Central will play its first game on campus grounds in 100 years (08/25/11)
The Tigers will play their first game at their new $2.9 million facility on Sept. 2.
ABOUT GATEWAY TECH (08/25/11)
Coach: Jason Dulick, first year. 2010: The Jaguars went 7-5 overall and 4-1 in the Public High League. Returning starters: 6 offense, 6 defense. Players to watch: QB/DB Paul Rice (sr., 5-10, 180), WR/DB Kalen Petty (sr., 6-2, 220), WR/DB Andre Sims (sr., 5-9, 180), RB/DB Michael Ball (jr., 6-0, 190), OL/DL Dajuan Johnson (sr., 5-9, 270), OL/DL Dominique Henderson (sr., 6-3, 280), OL/DL Bryant Williams (jr., 5-11, 250), RB/LB Kenneth West (sr., 5-7, 180), WR/DL Terrance Davidson (sr., 6-1, 190)...
Sikeston set to open with Gateway Tech (08/25/11)
SIKESTON -- Last year, the Sikeston Bulldogs football team began their season with a tough, out of state team. Although this year they're sticking within state, the caliber of opponent hasn't changed. In truly a Week 1 matchup to see, Sikeston will host the Gateway Tech Jaguars on Friday to open the 2011 high school football season...
Season Preview: Schumer returns to QB young St. Vincent football squad (08/25/11)
Tim Schumer, St. Vincent's starting quarterback for the past two seasons, suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 4 last season.
Season Preview: Chaffee football team try to build on playoff berth (08/25/11)
Senior Jordan Yahn will play quarterback for the Red Devils for a third year.
Season Preview: Jackson football team look to turn up the power (08/25/11)
Jackson's offense will return to its smashmouth ways.
Season Preview: Central football team will have new look after surprising 10-2 season (08/25/11)
Quarterback Christian Cavaness directed the Central offense to 10 victories and school records for points scored and yards gained in a season last year.
Season Preview: Scott City football team retools offense, focuses on 'D' (08/25/11)
Scott City will have a new quarterback in Jonathan McFall and a new running back in Travis Phillips.
Season Preview: Perryville Pirates hope to leave rough water (08/25/11)
Mike Wojtczuk took over as coach after Perryville endured an 0-10 season in 2010.
NMCC Glance (08/22/11)
Last Year: 2-7 overall District Titles: 15 (1989-92-93-95-96-97-98-99-2000-01-03-06-07-08-09) Last Conference Title: 2009 2010 Results 2011 Schedule...
Eagles looking to replace key seniors (08/22/11)
NEW MADRID -- With the loss of some of last year's biggest weapons, the New Madrid County Central Eagles will enter the 2011 season looking to fill holes on both sides of the ball. "It's a bunch of new faces," Eagles' coach Arlen Pixley said. "The kids that played last year, the sophomores and juniors, they look like they've improved. We still have five new starters on the offensive line and we're starting an entirely new defensive line...
EAST PRAIRIE Glance (08/19/11)
Last Year: 6-4 overall District Titles: 3(1975-93-94) Last Conference Title: 2009 2010 Schedule 2011 Schedule...
Eagles to feature new faces in key roles (08/19/11)
EAST PRAIRIE -- With so many of the key cogs to last year's team lost to graduation, the East Prairie Eagles will feature some new faces in key roles this year as they try to post their fourth-consecutive winning season. Taking over at starting quarterback will be senior Dalton Golightly, while fellow seniors wide receiver Philip Latamondeer, wide receiver/defensive back Shawn King and offensive guard/defensive tackle Billy Aycock are also expected to be big contributors and leaders for the Eagles this season.. ...
Bluejays seeing signs of turnaround (08/18/11)
CHARLESTON -- With a new season comes renewed optimism for the Charleston Bluejays football program. After enduring a winless 2010 campaign to push their current losing streak to 11 games, the Bluejays will enter the upcoming season eager to show fans that things are turning around...
Contact camp (06/23/11)
Sikeston football team focused on Warrenton (11/19/10)
The Bulldogs will host a state semifinal for the first time when Warrenton visits on Saturday.
Sikeston linebackers compete with each other and the competition (11/18/10)
For senior linebackers Ray Clark and Treston Pulley, there are two types of competition going on at the same time once they take the field. One is against their opponent. The second -- against one another.
Sikeston semifinal game to be webcast (11/18/10)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Southeast Health webcast on KFVS12.com is scheduled to present the Warrenton Warriors vs. the Sikeston Bulldogs varsity high school state semifinal football game on Saturday afternoon from Sikeston High School. Live coverage is scheduled to begin at approximately 1:30 p.m...
Just having fun! (11/16/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com SIKESTON -- For Sikeston's leading rusher and receiver, playing football for the Bulldogs is just for fun. They take punishing hits and absorb the bumps and bruises all for a chance to play with their friends one last time. "This right here is mostly for fun," senior tailback Darryl Howard said...
Sectional games tonight (11/08/10)
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SHS set for rematch with Cape Central (11/07/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com SIKESTON -- It will be the second time in as many years that the Sikeston Bulldogs face the same team twice if they want to advance through the Class 4 state playoffs. Last year, Poplar Bluff. Now, Cape Central. "I don't think there is any doubt it's harder to beat a good team twice," Sikeston head coach Kent Gibbs said. "And, certainly from that prospective, we're kind of at a disadvantage."...
Dexter set to take on Rebels for second time (11/07/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com DEXTER -- Much like their regional match up against the St. Genevieve Dragons last Wednesday, the Dexter Bearcats will enter Monday's sectional contest against the Park Hills Central Rebels going against a team they've already played in the regular season...
Playoffs begin (11/02/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com SIKESTON -- For the second straight season, the Sikeston Bulldogs will be playing playoff football with an unblemished record. Although the experience is there, the Bulldogs learned something about themselves and about what they can't do last week in their comeback win over the Farmington Knights...
Sikeston football team aims for district title (10/28/10)
A win over Farmington on Thursday night would give the Bulldogs back-to-back titles.
Dexter, NMCC set for key district contest (10/21/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com DEXTER -- The New Madrid County Central Eagles found themselves in a shootout last week with the Fredericktown Blackcats. They put up 36 points, which is the second most this season for them, and had plenty more chances to cross the end zone, according to head coach Arlen Pixley...
Sikeston football team ready for district kickoff (10/15/10)
The Bulldogs will look to repeat as Class 4, District 1 champions starting with the winless Perryville Pirates.
Charleston, East Prairie primed for rivalry game (10/15/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com CHARLESTON -- The Charleston Bluejays have had their struggles and East Prairie has blossomed into a playoff caliber team. Although the two teams differ in the win-loss column, things such as points per game and yardage totals don't mean much when discussing the Battle for Mississippi County...
Bulldogs, Eagles set for rivalry game (09/30/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com SIKESTON -- It's been a tale of two seasons for the Sikeston Bulldogs and the New Madrid County Central Eagles. Hampered by a top-heavy schedule and the loss of core players from last year's 9-4 team, the Eagles have struggled to a 1-4 record that include losses to undefeated Cape Central and Caruthersville with quarterback/running back G'Darius Stevenson pacing his squad...
Bulldogs set for Jackson passing attack (09/23/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com SIKESTON -- It won't be the first time the Sikeston Bulldogs have seen a pass-happy team on the other side of the field. The Jackson Indians, who sport a 2-2 record this season, will be the next aerial test the state-ranked Bulldogs will face as they try and continue their undefeated year...
SHS ready for physical Bearcats (09/09/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com SIKESTON -- Sikeston head coach Kent Gibbs isn't sure how his 2-0 Bulldogs would react if they happened to take one on the chin. After a high-scoring affair against Obion County Central in week one and the demolishing of their rival, the Charleston Bluejays, a week ago, the Sikeston Bulldogs have yet to face a tough, physical team where defense may play more of a factor than the highest yardage totals...
Bulldogs, Jays set for 125th meeting (09/02/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com SIKESTON -- First-year Charleston head coach Brett Blackman is all too familiar with the current Sikeston football team. He coached the Bulldog seniors as an assistant at Sikeston and met head coach Kent Gibbs for the first time as a sophomore football player at Jackson High School...
Football preview: Pregame speeches set stage for play on the field (08/26/10)
A well-delivered speech can provide added intensity and focus, while a poorly designed speech can be detrimental to a team's pschye in the moments leading up to kickoff.
Dexter Bearcats (08/26/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com DEXTER -- Looking to improve on last year's 5-6 record, one of the Dexter Bearcats top priorities entering the upcoming season is to prevent the lopsided losses they suffered last season. "I believe the six losses we had were by close to 30 and 40 points," Bearcat's head coach Aaron Pixley said. "You can't play like that. If we are unfortunate enough to lose a football game, it needs to be a battle all the way down to the end...
NMCC Eagles (08/26/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com NEW MADRID -- With so many of the play makers that have made the past three years so successful for New Madrid County Central graduating in May, the Eagles enter the 2010-11 season a young team needing some fresh faces to fill those voids...
SHS opens season vs. wide open offense (08/26/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com TROY, Tenn. -- The Obion County Central Rebels will prove to be a different test for the Sikeston Bulldogs football team on Friday as the Bulldogs make the trek to Troy, Tenn. for their first game of the season Friday night. The Rebels feature an offense not seen so much in Southeast Missouri...
Football preview: Graduation forces St. Vincent to rebuild (08/26/10)
The Indians enter the 2010 season with only one starter returning to the same position on offense after the graduation of Southeast Missourian Player of the Year C.J. Pavlovsky, among others.
Football preview: Jackson determined to improve on one-win season (08/26/10)
"Last year was just total disappointment," coach Van Hitt said. "We've addressed it all winter, all summer, today. ... We're going to try and turn it into the Jackson Fighting Indians again."
Football preview: Winless season fuels Cape Central (08/26/10)
"No wins really pushed you," senior Zach Boerboom said. "Just looking at last year's record, that's enough reason to get in the weight room and get back on the field."
Football preview: Chaffee returns abundance of experience at skill spots (08/26/10)
Junior quarterback Jordan Yahn will oversee an offense that returns eight players who saw significant time at skill positions. The Red Devils hope that experience translates to a more consistent offense.
Football preview: Schaefer back to lead Scott City offense (08/26/10)
"I'm a firm believer if we're doing something and we're having a lot of success, I'm not going to stop doing it," coach Jim May said. "So if we're running Garett Schaefer and Garett Schaefer is having a real good night, we're probably not going to stop giving it to Garett Schaefer.
Football preview: Perryville hopes consistency rights ship (08/26/10)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- After a one-win season in which points were at a premium, Perryville coach Keith Winkler is not overhauling his offense or approach. Instead, the Pirates' second-year coach is adhering to a simple principle: fewer mistakes means more points...
Preview: Expectations high for Sikeston football team (08/25/10)
"Right now, our expectations are to get back to where we were last year and then further," senior lineman Corey Porter said. "People talk about how we're not going to be as good as last year and I think all of us seniors have something to prove this year."
East Prairie Eagles (08/24/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com EAST PRAIRIE -- East Prairie senior Conner Scott wasn't sure if his Eagles belonged in the state playoffs last year. It was the first time in 15 years that any Eagles team had made it there as nerves and inexperience in the post season engulfed each player in their first round loss to Crystal City which ended their season...
Preview: Portageville Bulldogs football (08/23/10)
The Portageville Bulldogs tasted victory for the first time in four seasons last year and finished with a 4-6 record.
2009-10 Naylor Girls Basketball Preview (11/24/09)
Head Coach: Gene Deckard, 2nd year (18-9) Last Season: 18-9 (won Class 1 district, lost to Bakersfield in sectional) District: N/A Last district title: 2009 Key Returners: Moriah Goodrum, Katelyn Hughey, Holly Deckard, Kendal Rogers Overview: The Naylor Lady Eagles are healthy, revamped and ready to roll this year after an appearance in the sectional round last year...
Tribe to battle Dexter for spot in playoffs (10/28/09)
There may have been more than a few eyebrows raised back in April when Kenneth "Red" Riedinger said that he expected the Kennett Indians to make the playoffs this fall. After all, the Indians had just graduated 15 seniors and not made the playoffs since 1986...
Tribe needs help to break playoff drought (10/22/09)
Saying that the New Madrid County Central Eagles have been a thorn in the side of the Kennett Indians is like saying that Michael Jordan was a pretty good basketball player. The Eagles have won four straight games against Kennett in dominating fashion, winning those games by an average score of 40-10 and rolling 64-7 last fall to eliminate the Indians from postseason contention...
Tribe faces biggest game of year Friday (10/15/09)
Last fall, the Kennett Indians entered district play with just one loss and as a favorite to beat a Perryville team that had struggled all season. It didn't happen. The Pirates ran off 24 straight points to upset Kennett 31-12, propelling Perryville to a playoff berth and handing the Tribe a loss it never recovered from...
Showtime starts Friday for area football teams (10/13/09)
The last seven weeks have been dress rehearsal. Now the show starts in earnest for area football teams. Friday night marks the opening of district play for Missouri high school football teams, with the top two teams in those four-team districts advancing to the postseason...
Jackson football preview: Indians want return to state semifinals (08/27/09)
Jackson senior Henrie Williams said the team won't rest on last season's success.
Perryville football preview: Winkler moves across town (08/27/09)
Keith Winkler, who spent the last nine years as the coach of St. Vincent High School in Perryville, is now the leading the Pirates.
NMCC seeks offensive balance, physicality (08/31/08)
By Josh Mills ~ sd_sports@yahoo.com NEW MADRID -- Experience or no experience, one thing that New Madrid County Central football will have year-in and year-out is an explosive offense. This year will be no different for the Eagles. "We've got depth," said head coach Arlen Pixley of his offense for 2008. "We're the richest-depth running back program in the state. I'll tell you that right now. We've got guys that you'll know their names before the season's up."...
Portageville aims to end winless streak (08/31/08)
By Josh Mills ~ sd_sports@yahoo.com PORTAGEVILLE -- After battling through three straight football seasons without a mark in the win column, the Portageville Bulldogs are looking to get out to a hot start in 2008. Head coach Lee Wallace said that the Bulldogs have been practicing hard throughout the summer and early in the school year, but that there is a lot of gray areas as far as positions are concerned...
Eagles try to build off last year's strong finish (08/31/08)
By Chris Pobst ~ sd_sports@yahoo.com EAST PRAIRIE -- Entering his 11th year as a football coach and his second season in his second stint with the East Prairie Eagles program, head coach Jason Aycock is taking what he believes is the best senior class he's ever had as far as leadership qualities are concerned into a brand new 2008 regular season...
Dexter relies on leadership in quest to return to playoffs (08/31/08)
By Chris Pobst ~ sd_sports@yahoo.com DEXTER -- After a 1-3 start to last year's campaign, the Dexter Bearcats pulled off a five-game win streak that gave them a chance to claim the Class 3 District 1 title against rival New Madrid County Central in the last regular season game of the year...
Charleston will try to build off 2007 playoff experience (08/31/08)
By Chris Pobst ~ sd_sports@yahoo.com CHARLESTON -- It's always a good thing when a football team comes into a new season as a reigning champion. That is what the Charleston Bluejays will be doing this year after winning the Class 2 District 1 championship last season. Something that hasn't been done in Charleston since 2004...
Sikeston installs new offense, new attitude (08/31/08)
By Josh Mills ~ sd_sports@yahoo.com SIKESTON -- Heading into his second campaign with the Sikeston Bulldogs, head football coach Kent Gibbs has high hopes of returning the program to where it was in years past. Last season the Bulldogs finished 2-8, winning their first two games of the season before dropping their final eight contests. The Bulldogs have not had a winning season since 2002 and are just 12-37 in the last five seasons...
Sikeston has experienced many decades of success (08/31/08)
1908-1909 (3-0-0) Little information was kept about the first two seasons but it is locally known that Sikeston played none other than Charleston in the Bulldogs first high school football game in October of 1908. Sikeston Superintendent R.E. Bailey was Sikeston's coach for the first two seasons and began the storied program with a 3-0 record during his two years. Charleston did not field a team in 1909 which would end up being the only year that the two rivals did not meet...
Sikeston football known for great teams, players (08/31/08)
By Chris Pobst ~ sd_sports@yahoo.com SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs. It's a name that has been ingrained into the history of Southeast Missouri for 100 years. A century's worth of tradition and pride has came along with the Sikeston football program, which helped embody what the community of Sikeston is all about...
Green Wave tries to turn the tide with fresh start (08/28/08)
By ROB TATE ~ DAR Sports Writer MALDEN -- As Malden football head coach Gary Blaylock sat in his office with his coaching staff this past Friday evening prior to the team's jamboree, there was a sense of calm. While the players were getting psyched to do some hitting on the field, the atmosphere in the small room adjacent to the locker room had a relaxed feel...
Poplar Bluff football team hopes to bring back 'Mule pride' (08/18/08)
By BRIAN ROSENER ~ DAR Sports Editor Pick an offensive position. Doesn't matter which one -- quarterback, fullback or lineman -- the Poplar Bluff football team has somebody who has already started there before the 2008 season kicks off Aug. 29. Still, that doesn't mean everything is set in stone following the Mules scrimmage Saturday night at Bacon Park...
MISSOURI FOOTBALL PRESEASON POLL (08/30/07)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Associated Press preseason high school football poll for Missouri, voted upon by a 12-person panel of sportswriters across the state. First-place votes in parentheses, followed by 2006 record, points and last year's final ranking...
SEMO North Division football schedules (06/11/07)
Aug. 31 -- at Parkway North Sept. 7 -- at New Madrid County Central Sept. 14 -- Blytheville (Ark.) Sept. 21 -- St. Charles Sept. 28 -- at St. Charles West Oct. 5 -- Jackson Oct. 12 -- Fort Zumwalt North Oct. 19 -- at Poplar Bluff Oct. 26 -- at West Plains...
SEMO Central Division football schedules (06/11/07)
Aug. 31 -- Sikeston Sept. 7 -- Kennett Sept. 14 -- at Cardinal Ritter Sept. 21 -- Hayti Sept. 28 -- New Madrid County Central Oct. 5 -- Festus Oct. 12 -- at Dexter Oct. 19 -- at Malden Oct. 27 -- East Prairie, 1:30 p.m. Nov. 1 -- at Charleston --- Aug. 31 -- at Kennett...
SEMO Southern Division football schedules (06/11/07)
Aug. 31 -- Grandview Sept. 7 -- at Liberty Mountain View Sept. 14 -- Crystal City Sept. 21 -- -- Sept. 28 -- Scott City Oct. 6 -- at East Prairie Oct. 12 -- at Malden Oct. 19 -- St. Vincent Oct. 26 -- at Hayti Nov. 1 -- at Portageville --- Aug. 31 -- Hayti...
MAFC Red Division football schedules (06/11/07)
Aug. 30 -- Windsor Sept. 7 -- Perryville Sept. 14 -- at Potosi Sept. 21 -- at Sullivan Sept. 28 -- Seckman Oct. 5 -- Fox Oct. 12 -- at Hillsboro Oct. 19 -- Farmington Oct. 26 -- at Desloge North County Nov. 1 -- at Festus --- Aug. 31 -- at Fox Sept. 7 -- Seckman...
MAFC White Division football schedules (06/11/07)
Aug. 31 -- at Valle Sept. 7 -- at St. Vincent Sept. 14 -- Cuba Sept. 21 -- Perryville Sept. 28 -- Bishop Dubourg Oct. 5 -- at Herculaneum Oct. 12 -- at St. James Oct. 19 -- Potosi Oct. 26 -- at Ste. Genevieve Nov. 1 -- Fredericktown --- Aug. 31 -- at Chester (Ill.)...
MAFC Blue Division football schedules (06/11/07)
Aug. 31 -- Brentwood Sept. 7 -- Orchard Farm Sept. 14 -- at Chaffee Sept. 21 -- at Ste. Genevieve Sept. 28 -- at Valle Oct. 5 -- St. Vincent Oct. 12 -- Maplewood-Richmond Heights Oct. 19 -- at Festus St. Pius Oct. 26 -- Scott City Nov. 1 -- at Grandview...
St. Vincent Indians: How easy will it be to replace Richardet (09/01/06)
St. Vincent has 10 postseason appearances since 1984, including eight in the last 13 seasons. So, after not making the playoffs last fall in a 7-3 campaign, the Indians are due to return. They won the Class 1 state championship in 2004 in their fourth final four appearance since 1998...
Southeast Redhawks: Heading in a new direction? (09/01/06)
Toughness First-year head coach Tony Samuel is able to instill the necessary toughness in the Redhawks that has been a major emphasis of his during preseason practice and that he insists all successful teams must have. "That's the only way I know," Samuel said. "Football is a very tough game. We have to be physically and mentally tougher than the people we face...
Talented seniors bolster Blue Jays (09/01/06)
CHARLESTON -- A 7-3 record would be more than acceptable to most high school football programs, but the Charleston Blue Jays had loftier goals heading into the 2005 season. A first-round district loss, 14-8, to underdog host Crystal City on a quagmire field, however, derailed...
Dexter looks for another successful campaign (09/01/06)
DEXTER -- Entering his seventh season as the head coach of the Dexter Bearcats, Aaron Pixley officially has the ball rolling at his hometown school. With a career mark of 37-25, Pixley has never had a losing season as he consistently pumps out competitive teams on a yearly basis. Heading into the 2006 season, Pixley once again appears to have the ingredients for another successful campaign...
East Prairie looks for back-to-back winning seasons (09/01/06)
EAST PRAIRIE - The East Prairie Eagles football team is looking to capitalize on a winning season last year and keep moving the program in a positive direction. The Eagles went 5-4 in 2005, the first winning season in the program since 1994. The last appearance by East Prairie in the playoffs was also back in 1994...
Can Pirates go from playoffs to 0-10 to playoffs? (09/01/06)
Perryville coach Rick Chastain has the kind of positive outlook that can view an 0-10 football season as a precursor to great things. And that's just what he's doing. Perryville was winless last season, but had three close losses in the last four weeks, including two district games...
New season brings change, optimism (09/01/06)
Not many good things can be said about the 2005 high school football season for local teams. One of them is this: It's over. And it ended quickly. For the first time since 1992, none of the six teams in the Southeast Missourian coverage area made the playoffs...
The 0-0 Red Devils look to end 34-game skid (09/01/06)
Since nearly every high school football program approaches the start of a season with some sense of optimism, it should not be surprising the struggling Chaffee program is talking victory heading into tonight's opener at Grandview. What may be different about this current Red Devils bunch is they believe they can, and they are looking to back up those words when kickoff rolls around at 7 p.m...
Portageville returns eight starters, looks to younger players (09/01/06)
PORTAGEVILLE - The Portageville Bulldogs will have a lot of senior leadership in the starting lineup for the upcoming 2006 football season. A key question is do they have the underclassmen to supplement the starters? Third-year head coach Ashley Swims will have eight senior starters on offense and defense from a team that went 3-7 last season...
No surprise this year - New Madrid expected to be good (09/01/06)
NEW MADRID -- New Madrid County Central was, far and away, Southeast Missouri's surprise team of 2005, rebounding from a 1-9 record in 2004 to a 7-3 mark last season. "Last year was a testament to our players, No. 1, buying into the system, and No. 2, coming to work hard every day," said NMCC head coach Arlen Pixley...
Eight questions with Southeast punter David Simonhoff (09/01/06)
Q. As a senior wanting to finish your college career on a winning team, what kind of feelings do you get from first-year coach Tony Samuel and the assistants that it will happen this year? A. The coaches are real positive and confident. They're confident in what they teach. I think all of that is rubbing off on the players. And we have so many players back from last year, which should help us...
Can Jackson fill holes on defense? (09/01/06)
The Indians have had mixed results in nonconference and district play over the past two seasons, but when it comes to SEMO North play, Jackson has ruled supreme. Jackson demolished its conference opponents last season, and again the Indians should be heavy favorites to win the conference crown. With its conference games bunched together in the middle of the season, a trio of wins could give the Indians a boost heading into district play...
Will Red Devils turn positive vibe into a victory? (09/01/06)
A member of the Missouri Coaches Hall of Fame, Charlie Vickery has brought a new level of excitement to the program since joining his alma mater last season. Vickery's steady hand has helped lead the Red Devils to strong turnouts for the team and its summer weight program. While the results did not come last year, Vickery seems to be the right coach to help make Chaffee competitive...
Will Rams' growing pains equal wins? (09/01/06)
Scott City faced plenty of growing pains last year, starting as many as eight sophomores at times. That experience should pay off this season. "They want to be known as the next group who continues the Scott City legacy," Rams coach Terry Flannigan said. "The next playoff group or conference championship group. They want their group to be known for many years to come."...
Are two QBs better than one? (09/01/06)
Blake Slattery and Garrett Stevens give the Tigers a pair of quarterbacks with two seasons of varsity experience each. Slattery, a senior, and Stevens, a junior, have split the playing time over the past two seasons. Last season, Stevens opened as the starter, but both spent half the season under center. The pair bring alternate styles, with Stevens more of a pocket passer and Slattery possessing the ability to pass and run...
Trio make up heart and soul of Malden team (08/31/06)
It was tough to watch from the sidelines last year, but that's the only choice senior Garrett Hartle and juniors Ryan McGee and Sean Merritt had after all three went down midseason with injuries. The trio returns this year as the heart and soul of the Malden football team...
New Coach, Fresh Start for Poplar Bluff Mules (08/31/06)
Nearly two hours before they were scheduled to take the field Friday night at Farmington's jamboree, the St. Clair Bulldogs were in the stands. The coaching staff may have come early to size up district-rival Union, but the players all wanted to see their former coach Brian Robbins and his new team...
Bulldogs Looking on the Bright Side (08/31/06)
With several starters returning and change in philosophies, the Sikeston Bulldog football team enters the 2006 season with hopes of improvement. The Bulldogs, 1-9 last season, return most of the offensive and defensive starters. And, after having a different starting quarterback every season for 10 straight years, the Bulldogs finally can breathe a little easier as their quarterback returns for his junior season...
Tribe to be tested by Bluejays (08/31/06)
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- The Kennett Indians will not have to wait long to receive one of their toughest -- perhaps their toughest -- tests of the season. The Tribe kicks off the 2006 high school football season Friday on the road against the Charleston Bluejays, who enter Friday's contest ranked No. 2 in the SEMO Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and received votes in the Associated Press Class 2 state football poll...