Central's defense dominated throughout Thursday night's first-round district game.
Once Central's offense started finishing drives with touchdowns, visiting Festus had no chance.
Central pulled away from a 6-6 halftime tie and rolled to a 31-6 victory in a battle of Tigers.
"I knew we could do it. We beat them last week," senior defensive end Jared Thomas said of Friday's 24-15 win at Festus that earned Central the home date.
Central's second victory over Festus in six days was not without complications, mainly because the Tigers failed to take advantage of their first-half opportunities.
The Tigers (4-6) had a chance to take control early. Their first offensive possession reached inside the Festus 5-yard line, but Central had to settle for a 24-yard field goal by senior Calvin Lovig.
Central's second offensive possession, after senior defensive lineman Marcus Dixon recovered a fumble at the Festus 22-yard line, reached inside the 10 before the Tigers lost a fumble for their only turnover.
After Festus (5-5) took a 6-3 lead in the second quarter, another Central drive that reached the 10-yard line fizzled and ended on a 28-yard Lovig field goal with 24 seconds left before halftime.
"We made mistakes in the red zone," senior wide receiver/defensive back Kyle Thompson said. "The score should have been about 50-6, but things happen."
What happened for Central was a dominant second half that didn't allow Festus room to breath.
Sikeston routs Perryville
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The top-seeded Sikeston Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals of the Class 4, District 1 playoffs with a 71-7 victory over eighth-seeded Perryville Pirates.
The Bulldogs scored 45 points in the first quarter and added 26 points in the second quarter to take a 71-0 halftime lead.
The clock ran the entire second half, even on a Perryville touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Sikeston junior running back Chris Word scored five touchdowns in the game and senior linebacker Aundrea Golden had two interception returns.
Sophomore running back Marquez Newman rushed for 169 yards on four carries, including touchdown runs of 39 and 93 yards.
Perryville ends its season at 3-7.
Sikeston (9-1) will host No. 4 seed Cape Central, 31-6 winners over Festus, on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. - The Kennett Indians football program suffered a season-ending 55-15 loss to state-ranked Ste. Genevieve Thursday night in a Class 3, District 1, first-round contest.
"When you talk about some of the top programs in the entire state you would probably put Ste. Genevieve in the mix," Kennett coach Corey Adkisson said. "We came out early and executed pretty well. We had some positive things happen early. As the game moved on their strength really kind of took over. That's from being younger than they are on both the offensive and defensive line.
"I know our young guys are going to get stronger," Adkisson continued. "This is the type of program we want to be eventually. We want to be a class program like Ste. Genevieve so hopefully the guys are going to get into the weight room and work this offseason to get bigger."
No. 8 seeded Kennett experienced some success moving the ball against top-seeded Ste. Genevieve in the first quarter of the road contest.
Kennett moved the ball 30 yards on the opening drive of the game before turning the ball over on downs. Ste. Genevieve followed by putting together a 64-yard scoring drive on its first offensive possession that ended with a 44-yard touchdown run by Gabe Meyer.
Kennett tied the game at 7-7 on the first play of its next offensive possession when Darius Warren ran the ball 80 yards for a touchdown and Bud Hilburn drilled the point-after-attempt.
"We got a couple of stops early and then they started moving it a little bit," Adkisson said of the first quarter. "We felt like we had a pretty good game plan defensively and offensively coming in. We executed better, but just didn't make the tackles once or twice and it cost us.
"Offensively we ran a misdirection play off of our fly sweep with Warren," Adkisson said of Warren's touchdown run. "We blocked it up well and Darius hit the hole hard. That's the kind of stuff we are capable of so hopefully our kids can look at this film later on and see what we are capable of if we can put series like that together."
The Scott City football team overcame a pair of lightning delays to roll in its first-round district game Thursday night.
Scott City swamped host Jefferson 46-22 as the Rams earn a district semifinal date Wednesday at Caruthersville, the top seed for the eight-team district.
The Rams improved to 5-4 while Jefferson, a first-year varsity program from Festus, Mo., finished its season at 4-5.
Scott City piled up 391 yards rushing on 45 attempts and did not throw a pass.
"We game-planned to throw the ball and weather vetoed that," Scott City coach Jim May said after the game that featured a halftime lightning delay and another in the fourth quarter. "The kids were upset they didn't get to play at home and came up here to prove a point.
"I feel that was the first time we imposed our will on another team."
Senior tailback Travis Phillips, who had already eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark on the season, piled up 219 yards on 24 carries.
Phillips scored touchdowns on runs of 8 and 56 yards.
Senior quarterback Jonathan McFall rushed for 80 yards on just four carries. He scored three touchdowns, on runs of 3, 62 and 16 yards.
Also scoring for the Rams were senior back Zach Haynes, from 1 yard, and junior back Zach Carlyle, from 6 yards.
Carlyle added 51 yards on seven carries while Haynes had 36 yards on eight attempts.
Scott City led 13-0 after one quarter, 19-8 at halftime and 33-14 entering the final period.
Thayer 49, Chaffee 6
The Red Devils season ended with a loss on the road in their district opener.
Chaffee's aerial assault was hindered by a steady rain throughout the game, according to coach Charlie Vickery.
"The field deteriorated as we went," Vickery said.
Sixth-seeded Chaffee (3-6) scored its only touchdown in the first quarter on a 67-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Peyton Montgomery to junior wide receiver Layton Tenkhoff.
The Red Devils trailed 13-6 after one quarter and 28-6 at halftime.
Montgomery completed 14 of his 30 passes in the wet conditions. The Red Devils had 167 yards passing in the game, 132 of which came in better first-half conditions said Vickery.
Tenkhoff caught eight passes for 127 yards.