SPRINGFIELD, MO - The new "bracket style" district tournament officially kicked off around Missouri Thursday night and continued Friday night. The opening round saw very few upsets.
District 4 - Rolla pulled the slight upset of Waynesville 34-6. The Bulldogs advance to meet top seed Lebanon next week. Camdenton had a bye and will host Washington who handled Smith-Cotton 45-14.
District 5 - Kickapoo exercised its Neosho deamons with a 43-16 opening round win over the Wildcats. The Chiefs rushing attack was on point in the win. Up next, head coach Joel Wells takes his squad to his old stomping grounds of Nixa. Branson knocked off Glendale 34-7, and will now meet top seed Ozark next Wednesday.
District 6 - Willard also got its rushing attack rolling as the Tigers blasted Ruskin 41-21, earning a second round trip to Parkview. Central advanced in the playoffs for the first time in a while with a 28-15 home victory. The Bulldogs travel to top ranked Lee's Summit West Wednesday.
District 4 - Webb City made quick work of West Plains, 45-7. So we shift our focus from the 90-game regular season win streak to the equally impressive 40-game overall win streak. The Cardinals will host Republic next week. The Tigers pulled out a thrilling 27-19 win over Mac County. On the other side of the bracket. Hillcrest brought the wood in a 35-0 blanking of Carl Junction. Jonah Hill's big night on the ground and air overshadowed a sloppy turnover plagued first half on the frigid wet turf of Shumate Stadium. The Hornets will now host Carthage who won a 48-40 home shootout over Marshfield.
District 7 - Nevada overpowered Warrensburg 54-29. Friday night, Bolivar won its 7th straight, 57-23 over Grain Valley. The Liberators now host Raytown South next week.
District 4 - Top seed Cassville easily handled East Newton 48-6, improving to 10-0. The Wildcats' next opponent Monett nearly doubled up Ash Grove 37-20. Other side, Reeds Spring bounced Hollister 36-15. The Wolves continue their turnaround season next week against Seneca, who beat Mt Vernon 25-7.
District 4 - Lamar continued its state championship repeat quest with a 70-0 handling of Stockton. Their next opponent, Ash Grove beat El Dorado Springs 61-34. On the bottom half, Sarcoxie bounced back with a 35-7 win over SRVC rival Diamond. They'll face Butler, who ousted Warsaw 55-20.
District 1 - Thayer bamboozled Chaffee 49-6. Hayti edged St. Vincent 20-14. Valley Catholic did its usual thing 39-0 over Crystal City. Cabool fell to Portageville 50-7.
District 2 - Miller had no trouble with Liberal 42-6 in the 1 vs. 8 matchup. Marionville earned the right to travel to Miller next week with a 34-13 win over Pierce City. The other side saw the upset of the night. Seven-seed Jasper took down number two McAuley Catholic 20-6.
District 3 - Skyline clawed Rich Hill 53-8. The top seed Tigers will meet Adrian, who cheesed Osceola 35-29 Thursday night. Appleton City vs. Drexel and Archie vs. Midway goes off Friday night.
So the field is cut in half. Those schools will begin focusing on basketball and wrestling while the rest are getting geared up for a Halloween night of round 2 playoff football.