The final four are set for football and it was a solid day for schools in Southwest Missouri.
Class 5 – CLICK HERE FOR THE BRACKET
Ozark pulled off what could easily be considered the upset of the year in Class 5 by beating No. 1 Lee’s Summit West 26-23 in exciting fashion. The Tigers got out to a 19-0 lead, but then gave up 23 points unanswered to fall behind 23-19 with just 2:30 left in the game and 80 yards to go for a touchdown. Quarterback David Salazar engineered a two-minute drill that he capped off with a quarterback keeper to put the Tigers up 26-23. Ozark then recovered the ensuing kickoff with 23 seconds left in the game to ice it. Ozark will now travel to Fort Osage next Friday. Fort Osage knocked off Staley 20-3 to advance. On the other side of the bracket, Camdenton fell to Parkway Central 7-0 in a defensive struggle. The Lakers couldn’t get anything going and were done in by a Central quarterback keeper early in the second quarter that would prove to be the game’s only score. Parkway Central advances to play Kirkwood, which was a 33-31 winner over Rockwood Summit on a late field goal.
The Webb City machine continues to roll as the Cardinals romped by Sullivan 35-6. Webb City was up two scores after the first quarter and never looked back. The Cardinals will now go on the road to play St. Mary’s (St. Louis). St. Mary’s won its game with similar ease over Hillsboro 37-14. On the other side of the bracket, Harrsionville continued to roll after knocking off Bolivar Monday with a 28-7 win over Platte County. The Wildcats will now get Helias Catholic, 31-8 winners over Clayton.
Class 3 – CLICK HERE FOR THE BRACKET
Monett is peaking at the right time as the Cubs rocked Eldon 49-6 to move on to the semifinals for the first time since 1977. The Cubs were led by the duo of Kurran Blamey and Aaron Hall. Blamey and Hall each had two touchdowns and over 100 yards of total offense. The Cubs were up 35-6 at the half and on cruise control. Monett will now play host to John Burroughs, which was a 24-0 winner over Park Hills Central. California and Maryville will play on the other side.
Class 2 – CLICK HERE FOR THE BRACKET
Lamar showed its championship pedigree in a 55-14 romp past MV/BT Liberty. The Tigers hung 21 points unanswered on the board to start the game before a 33-yard touchdown catch from Jaelon Acklin to James Denton got the Eagles their first score. Lamar responded to the touchdown with 28 more unanswered points to cruise to victory. The Tigers will now host Caruthersville, a 54-37 winner over Maplewood-Richmond Heights. Blair Oaks and Holden will meet on the other side of the bracket.
Class 1 – CLICK HERE FOR THE BRACKET
Miller saw its undefeated season come to a screeching halt at the hands of Valle Catholic. Catholic dispatched the Cardinals 48-25. Skyline met a similar fate on the bottom side of the bracket as it lost its second game of the season to Tipton. This time the Tigers were on the short end of a 28-7 game. Penney and Salisbury will play on the other side of the bracket.
STATE SOCCER ROUND-UP
Southwest Missouri will have two representatives in the State Soccer Final Four next weekend. Springfield Catholic won 3-0 over Sacred Heart off of two first-half goals from Evan Craig. The Irish will face Bayless at 2 p.m. on Friday in Blue Springs. Carthage also will be moving on to the Final Four after a 2-0 win over Rolla. Kickapoo’s season ended in Columbia with a 1-0 loss to Rock Bridge.