It took a lot of work, and some extra sweat, but the Missouri Cyclones remained unbeaten Saturday night in St. Charles.
After leading early by 14 points, the Cyclones held on to beat the Missouri Valley Pitbulls at St. Charles High School, 27-24.
“We played a pretty talented team and we were lucky to win,” said Cyclones Head Coach Troy Robertson. “We had 61 total yards and we still won. They had 260 yards of total offense.”
Robertson indicated the defense carried the day.
“We caused five turnovers,” Robertson said. “Our offense was flat the whole game. I don’t know how to complain when we did that badly on offense and still won the game.”
The Cyclones (4-0) will host the Illinois Justice (2-3) in a Great Midwest Football League Gateway Conference matchup Saturday. Kickoff at Borgia is set for 7 p.m.
“They lost to the Chargers last week,” said Robertson.
As of now, the Cyclones and the Chicago Cardinals of the Midway Conference are the only unbeaten teams in the GMFL.
The Cyclones opened scoring on a 42-yard punt return by Kelvin Williams. The Cyclones got the extra-point kick by Ike White to make it 7-0.
“We got Kelvin back this week and he came through in a big way,” Robertson said.
Mac Harris returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown and the extra-point kick made it 14-0, which is how the quarter ended.
The Pitbulls scored and got the extra-point kick to cut the lead to 14-7, but Williams made his second return, 70 yards, for a score and the extra point was good to make it 21-7.
After stalling on the next drive, the host Pitbulls kicked a field goal to make it 21-10.
Just three seconds before the end of the half, the Pitbulls scored a touchdown and got the extra point, cutting it to 21-17 at the intermission.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Cyclones got a touchdown pass from Mike McMullen to Chris Mosley. The two-point conversion failed and it was 27-17.
The Pitbulls scored on an interception return and got the extra point to cut the gap to 27-24.
Robertson reported Evan Brinker had 15 tackles.
Kayland Lyles had 11 tackles, a sack and the game-saving interception in the final quarter.
Besides his touchdown, Mosley added an interception.