Kennett's Kyle Joyner races toward the end zone. [Order this photo]
KENNETT, Mo. - The Kennett seventh and eighth grade football teams took on Sikeston in Week 2 action Thursday night at Metz Cherry Stadium.
Kennett scored the final 14 points against Sikeston in the seventh grade game to force a 14-14 tie. There is no overtime session in middle school football so the official result was a draw.
"You cannot say enough about the effort the kids gave in the second half," Kennett seventh grade coach Kevin McCaig said. "The defense stepped up and kept giving the offense a chance to score the ball. The offense finally came through and got us back into the football game. KUDOS to the defense. Even after we came back the defense made big plays to save the game. They kept battling to the very end."
Kennett seventh grade quarterback Zane Wallace completes a pass Thursday against Sikeston. [Order this photo]
"Compared to last week I think we came out and did some really good things," Kennett eighth grade coach Chad Pritchett said. "We moved the ball really well. We made some silly mistakes and some silly penalties that really cost us. When we get those silly mistakes cleaned up I think we are on the other end of this one and win the game.
Kennett eighth grade quarterback Heath McHaney rushes the ball toward the sideline. [Order this photo]
Kennett scored two touchdown in the final quarter of the seventh grade game to tie the game at 14-14 after trailing 14-0 at halftime.
"We scored on a pass and an option play in the second half," McCaig said. "Zane Wallace hooked up with Detavion Turner on both plays. Once the ball got in Detavion's hands he found the end zone for us."
Kennett's middle school football game has two road games scheduled next week. Kennett plays at Cape Central Tuesday and at Dexter Thursday.
"Both teams are tough," Pritchett said. "Dexter is always a tough place to play football. They are well-coached. Cape Central's size and the kids that they draw to their team make them tough. They will be strong and fast."
Kennett's 7th grade takes the field following halftime. [Order this photo]