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In front of a hometown crowd, the Farmington Knights dropped to 2-3 for the season when they lost 14-13 to the Sikeston Bulldogs on Sept. 19.

The Knights struck early in the first quarter against the Bulldogs when Junior lineman Jared Nickelson scooped up a fumble on Sikeston’s 48 yard line leaving his offensive teammates great field position.

After a big run by quarterback Brandt Busenbark left the Knights on the Bulldogs’ 23 yard line, Junior Brayden Krause put his team on the board first by nailing a 30 yard field goal and making it a 3-0 ball game with 4:32 left in the first quarter.

Missed tackles and poor execution allowed the Bulldogs to march down the field and put up a quick six points three minutes later. Sikeston went with the two point conversion to make it an 8-3 game before the end of the first quarter.

The Knights defense came up with another big play when Senior Ethan Barron snagged another lose ball and ran it back for an easy points. Krause nailed the extra point and the grid iron Knights took the lead for last time 10-8.

Wasting no time with their next possession, the Bulldogs broke away with two back-to-back 31-yard runs from Phazun Fobbs and Victwon Riley to put the Bulldogs up by six points. This time the Knights defense held the line and stopped the two point conversion.

The Knights hit the locker room at half time trailing 14-10.

The second half of the Knights-Bulldog game was a battle between the 20 yard lines with the Farmington being the only one putting up any points.

With bad execution and several incomplete passes, Farmington’s offense fell flat throughout the second half, leaving several opportunities to score on the field. 

“We have to execute much better on offense,” Head Coach Erik Kruppe said after the game was over.

After a 60-yard touchdown was called back due to a personal foul against the Knights, they would score one more time for the evening with a 29-yard field goal by Krause .

Defensively, the second half belonged to Farmington as they held strong against the Bulldog offense.

“We made a couple of adjustment at half-time defensively,” Kruppe said. “We were able to keep them from scoring during the second half.”

The Knight travel to St. Louis Saturday to play Normandy High School at 1 p.m. in a non-conference match.

Craig Vaughn is a reporter with the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-756-8927 or at cvaughn@farmingtonpressonline.com

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