Photo Courtesy of Tyrus Reddin (Original photo taken by David Jenkins)
Five touchdowns, the shortest one from 21 yards, helped the Cape Central Tigers defeat the Sikeston Bulldogs, 33-0 Friday night at Sikeston, The victory improves the Tigers’ season record to 3-2, while making their first mark in the conference win column. The team is now 1-2 in conference play.
That 21 yard touchdown opened the scoring for Cape Central when Henry Brown hauled in a pass from Cameron Cox at the 6:39 mark of the first quarter. Breyton Osburn‘s extra point was good, and in reality, the Tigers had all the points they would need for the night. But Cape Central certainly wasn’t finished. Tyrus Reddin hit the outside edge and sped in from 30 yards with 4:17 remaining in the quarter. Osburn’s extra point split the uprights, and it was 14-0 Tigers. That’s the way the quarter would end.
The Tigers’ third touchdown with 7:15 to go in the second quarter was an unlikely one. Faced with a third down and 33 yards to go, CHS actually converted the play…and more. Cox and Reddin connected for an 87 yard touchdown pass. The big play was also set up by a Sikeston turnover. Despite the extra point being no good, the Tigers were up 20-0.
CHS would score one more time before halftime, this time on a Donye Taylor 24 yard pass reception from Cox with 29 seconds remaining in the quarter. Osburn’s extra point was good, and the Tigers went into the break with a comfortable 27-0 lead.
It was pretty academic in the second half. The only touchdown scored on a Reddin 25 yard run with 10:35 to go in the third quarter. The Tigers didn’t connect on the two point conversion, but would go on for the 33-0 victory.
With the types of big plays CHS executed, the stats were impressive. Cox was ten of 13 passing for 206 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Reddin rushed seven times for 70 yards, and also had 87 yards receiving. Brown caught four passes for 60 yards. All in all, the Tigers had 349 yards of total offense.
“We worked so hard this week in practice,” Reddin commented after the game. “We practiced hard for four days, and it showed on Friday night. Everybody was competing throughout the week in practice, and it was fun, so it showed tonight.”
Head Coach Kent Gibbs said it was a performance he had been looking for from his team. “It was a good team win when we needed one,” he said. “Hopefully this will give us some confidence heading into next week’s game against Poplar Bluff.”
Brown said the reason the Tigers were able to pull off the big plays was simple. “We just did our assignments on the offensive end, and those were the results.”
And sometimes lost within the big plays and offensive explosiveness was the play of the defense. The Tigers held the Bulldogs to just 190 total yards, and only 21 yards through the air. Cameron Walley, who led the team with seven tackles and three assists, said the unit came together. “We played hard, stuck to our game plan, and trusted our coaches,” he commented. “I feel like the best aspect was playing together. Getting the defensive line off the ball, and playing hard helped as well.”
Levi Tuschoff was also very active on the defensive end with six tackles, an assist, and a tackle for loss. He said Friday night was just a matter of control. “Our defense was excellent all night,” he stated. “We never let their offense have control of the field. We kept the pressure on them, and they weren’t able to move under it.”
Coach Gibbs said it was a good defensive effort. “Overall, we played really well. Our defense, for the most part, played well. We did drop a few interceptions, but also created a few take-aways with fumble recoveries.”
And the fact that the Tigers broke a four game regular season losing streak to the Bulldogs, and it was the return of Coach Gibbs to a place that he coached for 12 years, couldn’t be ignored. But this is a new era of Tigers football. And each game writes a new chapter. The 3-2 Tigers will face the 3-2 Poplar Bluff Mules this coming Friday at 7:00 p.m. It will be a good test for CHS. Ameritime Sports is hoping to be at the contest to bring fans updates, photos, and of course, a story afterwards.