Heading into Friday night’s football game at Jennie Jaynes Stadium, the Smith-Cotton Tigers had clawed their way back from a brutal, early-season schedule and an 0-4 start to a share of the top spot in the West Central Conference with the Clinton Cardinals.
However, senior running back Chris Sidford made sure his undefeated team stayed that way by rushing for 364 yards and four touchdowns and Clinton ran off to a 33-12 win over the Tigers on a nippy night at Jennie Jaynes.
In the previous two weeks, S-C had knocked off WCC rival Warrensburg 21-18 at Warrensburg to capture the Silver Tiger Traveling Trophy and then traveled to Kansas City and edged O’Hara 17-12 to jump off to a 2-0 start in conference. With Friday’s loss, the Tigers face must wins this Friday when they face Kansas City Center for Homecoming and then at St. Pius and hope someone beats Clinton to gain at least a tie for the West Central Conference championship.
Sidford scored twice in the first half, but the Tigers closed the gap when Chance McMullen took the kickoff after Sidford’s second TD and returned it 86 yards to paydirt.
The Cardinal quarterback took an option keeper 40 yards for a score to put the Cardinals back up by two scores.
McMullen again scored from 19 yards out for his second score of the game.
That was it for the Tigers, as Sidford scored twice more in the second half to put the game out of reach.
Neither team reached the endzone in the fourth quarter.
S-C and Center will kickoff at 7 p.m. Friday at Jennie Jaynes Stadium. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.