Sikeston jumped on Dexter early and was leading 21-7 in the first quarter Friday night when the game was abruptly called with threatening weather quickly moving in on SPS Stadium.
The game was moved to Saturday afternoon where the Bearcats continued to struggle in the second start and the Bulldogs pickup up right where they left off for a 47-7 win at home.
"You can't fight mother nature," Dexter coach Aaron Pixley said after the game Saturday. "We tried to get it in and it just didn't happen. So you've got to come out ready to play football when you are supposed to.
Dexter may have been ready to play, but they were no match for the speed and depth of the 3-0 Bulldogs this season
"We gave up a lot of plays on defense," Pixley said of the game. "And when you have a team that doesn't run that well as a team and you are facing a team that's a misdirection outside, inside who can run well, well, you're at a disadvantage. And if everybody doesn't do there job perfectly on every play, then at some point that one spot that gets out of position is going to get exposed and that's what happen to us."
Sikeston scored in its opening possession, then used an onside kick to quickly regain possession of the ball and tack on another score and make it a 14-0 game. The Bulldogs tried another variation of the onside kick again, but this time a penalty gave the Bearcats the ball.
On the first play, quarterback DJ Dowdy found Chase Young down the middle for a 41-yard touchdown and Brad Wick's PAT made it 14-7 with 7:29 to play.
Sikeston took the ensuing kickoff and marched down the field covering 50 yards in eight play to make it a 21-7 game. As soon as the Bulldogs scored, officials asked the teams to leave the field because of the weather. It was then determined to come back Saturday to resume the game with 5:03 remaining in the first quarter.
The delay didn't phase the Bulldogs who returned to the field and dominated the Bearcats.
Sikeston finished with a total yards advantage of 484 to 197. Dexter was the first team this season to gain more than 100 yards against the stingy Bulldogs'' defense.
Of Dexter's 197 yards of offense, Young accounted for 130 of those hauling in seven passes including the team's lone touchdown. The 'Cats could manage just 58 yards on 34 rush attempts.
"Their two defensiive tackles were very good," Pixley said of his team inability to run the ball. "And we knew that from film. I felt like they got great penetration and really drove our offensive linemen into the backfield. Kind of blew up the plays before they got going.
"Then their defensive ends were just fast," he continued. "If we downed block , or tried to pull and kick them out, well the two defensive tackles just drove our guards back into them so it was just hard to get it going. And that's weight room. That's where we have to get better. We know it. Our team knows it. Our kids will agree. But we are going to get there. It's just one of those thing we've got to learn from it. Practice better, get confident and play confident all the time."
The loss dropped Dexter to 0-3 on the season and things will not get any easier this Friday when the Bearcats will gravel to Caruthersville.
"I thought for the most part they played pretty hard," Pixley said of his team, which is trying to regroup from injuries with younger players having to step up. "I think the kids didn't play hard all of the time. I think it's a confidence issue. It's just getting reps, it's young kids just getting reps. We've still got to get a lot stronger. But you've got to move on. It's the Sikeston game. It's week three and we've been here before. We've been 0-3 before and had successful seasons. We're just going to keep on trying to get better in practice and move on to Caruthersville."
Sikeston 47, Dexter 7
SHS: (8:53) Chris Wood 20-yard TD run. Dustin Oakes kick good.
SHS: (7:29) Markeith Bratcher 7-yard TD run. Dustin Oakes kick good.
DHS: (7:19) DJ Dowdy 41-yard pass to Chase Young for TD. Kick by Brad Wick good.
SHS: (5:03) Chris Wood 2-yard TD run. Dustin Oakes kick good.
SHS: (11:47) Kyland Gross pass to Markeith Bratcher for 37-yard TD. Dustin Oakes kick good.
SHS: (10:03) Chris Word 16-yard TD run. Dustin Oakes kick no good.
SHS: (0:42) Marques Newman 4-yard run. Kyland Gross pass no good.
SHS: (5:11) Marquez Newman 11-yard TD run. Dustin Oakes kick good.
Rushing -- Dexter: Ryan Joyner 10-8, Brad Wick 9-38, DJ Dowdy 7-(-2), Chase Young 3-4, Jonathan Foels 2-18, Ethan Stevens 2-2. Sikeston: Chris Wood 19-87, Kyland Gross 12-138, Marquez Newman 8-43, Reese Porter 5-11, Nick Nichols 3-34, Ray Council 2-8, Dustin Oakes 2-5, Chase Davis 1-29, Jeterrande Harris 1-21, Markeith Bratcher 1-7, Richie Garcia 1 (-1).
Receiving -- Dexter: Chase Young 7-130-1, Brad Wick 1-9. Sikeston: Jeterrance Harris 2-27, Markeith Bratcher 1-37-1, Chris Wood 1-7, Marquez Newman 1-6.