For the Missouri Cyclones, Saturday’s GMFL home contest against the Missouri Valley Pitbulls proved to be a tale of two halves.
The Cyclones (7-0) scored all 20 points in the first half Saturday at Borgia to hold off the Pitbulls, 20-13.
With the win, the Cyclones stay 1.5 games ahead of the Midwest Chargers for the top spot in the GMFL Gateway Conference. The Cyclones are the league’s only undefeated team.
There are two games left in the regular season. The Cyclones visit the Gateway Hawks (4-3) Saturday at the Two Rivers Sports Complex in Flint Hill. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
On Aug. 16, the Cyclones host the Kane County Marauders (4-4) at Borgia. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Cyclones ripped out to the lead in the first half, getting a pair of receiving touchdowns from Joshua Reid. Ike White kicked the extra point after the first score.
Kelvin Williams returned an interception for a touchdown and White kicked the extra point to make it 20-0, which is how things stood at the half.
The second half started with a kickoff return after the ball bounced around. On fourth down, the Cyclones tried to punt, but a high snap sent BJ Buckner chasing the ball and the Pitbulls were able to tackle him deep in Cyclones’ territory. That set up the first Pitbulls touchdown and extra point to make it 20-7.
The Cyclones continued to find momentary success, but couldn’t get back into the end zone. The defense made one huge stop after a pass interference call put the ball near the goal line.
The Pitbulls scored again in the fourth quarter, but the Cyclones were able to get to the end of the game with the lead.
In league statistics, Buckner is second in the league in punting, averaging 36.1 yards per kick.
Evan Brinker ranks ninth in tackles with 36.
Devi Greer is seventh in the league in punt returns with 65 return yards. Williams is ninth on the list at 57.
Greer is seventh in kickoff returns with 202 yards.