A Century of Sikeston Bulldog Football
By: Mike Shain
SIKESTON, Mo. - People are going through attics and basements searching for Sikeston High School football memorabilia. There is a century to sort through.
Sikeston and Charleston played a game in 1908. It is said to be the first football game played in southeast Missouri.
Sikeston's Depot Museum is asking people to bring in anything related to 100 years of Bulldog football, the Red Peppers pep squad, cheerleaders and bands. Museum director Mike Marsh says "We're trying to capture the complete spirit."
The exhibit will open at the downtown museum on September 3rd and run through October. Already received are some pictures, letter jackets, band uniforms and other items. Very impressive are programs for Thanksgiving Day games with rival Charleston. The Turkey Day game was a tradition until the late 1950s.
Marsh says the museum also is taping interviews with former coaches, players and others. Marsh would like to hear from as many people as possible, including long time fans, cheerleaders, Red Peppers and band members.
Sikeston dominated area football for almost 20 years under legendary coaches Kenny Knox and Bill Sapp. They compiled one streak of 73 wins, one loss (to Poplar Bluff) and three ties.
The games that counted most were those with Charleston. Marsh says the rivalry has made the Bulldogs and Bluejays "joined at the hip."