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Dexter looking for first win against Sikeston

Thursday, September 6, 2012

JERRY JARRELL photo - Dexter head coach Aaron Pixley and senior LB/RB Ryan Joyner talk strategy during Wednesday's practice in preparation for Friday's game at Sikeston.
Dexter will be looking to put one in the win column Friday night, but it won't be easy.

The 0-2 Bearcats are on the road at Sikeston, looking to snap a 4-game losing streak to the Bulldogs.

"It doesn't get any easier,"

Dexter head coach Aaron Pixley said of this week's opponent. "Like I said earlier, I thought our boys fought real hard Friday night (a 14-7 loss at home against Poplar Bluff). Obviously we are still doing a lot of things wrong.

"Whenever you go back and watch film sometimes that film shows you might not have played quite as good as what you thought you did," Pixley continued. "And we are kind of in that situation in spots. This team can improve so much I just hope we practice well enough to go in prepared for Sikeston."

Sikeston is off to a 2-0 start and ranked No. 7 in Class 4. The Bulldogs opened with a tightly contested 27-14 game against arch rival Charleston, a much improved Bluejays team, then held New Madrid County Central to just 77 yards last Friday in a 12-0 win.

Speed has been a problem for the Bearcats against Sikeston, and this time around will be no different.

The Bulldogs will spread it out and try to open up the field where their speedy athletes can make plays.

"They do what they do and they do it very well," Pixley said of the Bulldogs. "They have a lot of speed. Very good athletes on the offensive side of the ball. The offensive line is good and the defensive line is very good.

"A very explosive defense," he added. "They've got great linebackers, quality defensive backs. So their defense really runs to the ball well. Its just another team that is going to force us to play our best to even have a shot. Hopefully we'll go in there prepared to play. Mentally ready to play."

Dexter has had trouble stopping the Bulldogs' high-octane offense in recent meetings. The 'Cats have allowed an average of 49 points in the last four meetings, while being shutout twice in 2009 and 2010. Dexter's last win against the Bulldogs came in 2007 when the Bearcats posted a 21-0 decision.

Kickoff is set for 7 o'clock.

Notes: Dexter will be without three starters this week as the team tries to play through injuries to seniors Johathan Paige and Dylan aaron and junior Cody Neldon... Dexter moved up to the No. 5 spot in the Class 3, District 1 playoff rankings last week. The top four teams will host week 10 playoff games. You can view a complete list of how the teams are standing in each class and district on page 8 of today's edition of the Daily Statesman under the Scoreboard.

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