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Big Man on Campus Matt Rush, Quarterback – Hillcrest: It was only a matter of time before the dual-threat quarterback got his name on the list. As Rush continues to get more comfortable running the offense, Ozark Conference foes can bet they will have their hands full. In a 43-0 win over Glendale, Rush ran for 108 yards, threw for 152 as he accounted for five touchdowns, including an 83-yard pick 6, all before half time. He is a beautiful combination of speed and explosion, as he goes, so go the Hornets.
Helmet Stickers Blayne Armstrong, Quarterback – Marshfield: Few quarterbacks catch more flack than Armstrong. People question how he projects in college, his arm strength, and his record as a starter. Say what you want, but the bottom line is the kid can play some football. On Friday, although in a losing effort, Armstrong gave Peyton Manning a run for his money, throwing for 413 yards and four scores on 28 completions. You won’t find a better pro-style quarterback in the area.
Jacob LaSalle, Quarterback – Marionville: The sophomore signal caller has thrived in the move from Mount Vernon to Marionville. He has the Comets unbeaten, and looking forward to Friday’s showdown with Strafford. In a 36-0 win over Pleasant Hope, LaSalle racked up 120 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns. Defensively he tallied six solo tackles, two for loss, and a sack and a half.
Dustin Satterlee, Quarterback – Carl Junction: Few offenses have been more explosive so far in 2013 and Satterlee is a huge reason why. The senior blew up on Carthage Friday, going 8-for-12 passing with 99 yards and a pair of scores, while also rushing for 176 touchdowns and four more touchdowns. The Bulldogs entertain a struggling East Newton squad on Friday where he could put up even better numbers.
Allen Shanks, Linebacker – Willow Springs: The Class 2 Bears topped the Class 5 Bulldogs, holding them to zero rushing yards in a 32-18 win, and Shanks was at the forefront of the attack. The senior backer tallied 18 tackles to lead Willow Springs. Through two games Shanks has already amassed 35 tackles.
Chandler Shook, Wide Receiver – Hollister: As the saying goes, quality over quantity, and Shook proved that Friday night. He only caught five balls for 55 yards, but three of those receptions ended in the end zone. Hollister may have taken one on the chin, but the junior track standout showed that he will be a threat week in and week out.
Quinton Wingert, Running Back – Ozark: Wingert had the game of his life Friday, in what could be a wakeup call to COC-Large foes; Ozark isn’t skipping a beat offensively. Wingert racked up 202 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 66-64 shootout win over Harrison (Ark.). Oh, he’s only a sophomore.
Hunter Yeargan, Running Back – Willard: I received some lovely emails about leaving Yeargan off last week, but the sophomore back showed that it wasn’t a fluke in Friday’s 42-14 beat down of Nevada. Yeargan registered 215 yards and four scores, all on just 13 carries. The Tigers have the hogs up front to keep the run game rolling each week.
Let’s get ready to rumble!!!!!!
Week 3 has laundry list of top notch games. Conference rivals, district foes, match-up problems highlight what will be a great week of football.
Big 8 Battle… Lamar hasn’t beaten Cassville since they played football with leather helmets. Kidding. Well, kind of. The Wildcats have owned the series and the conference as of late. Even though Lamar is the two-time defending state champ, the Brotherhood has a spot reserved for a 2013 Big 8 title. This game will be a huge one in that mission. Lamar has outscored opponents 131-22 through two weeks. Should be a good one.
Sweet revenge… Last year Reeds Spring had a great season, but a last-second 27-26 loss to Marshfield still plays heavy on the minds of Easton Flaugh and company. You can bet that they’ve had Sept. 13 circled on their calendar, waiting to give the Blue Jays the business. .. It is sure to be a battle anytime Mountain Home and Harrison lock up. Last year, in a game that was delayed nearly two hours due to lightning, the Bombers topped the Goblins 48-34. In fact, Mountain Home is looking to win a fourth straight versus Harrison, which would be the first senior class to be undefeated against their rival.
Battle of Unbeatens Lebanon v. Camdenton – There’s no love lost here. We’ve gotten used to this matchup featuring at least one unbeaten squad and usually setting up the winner for an OC title run, this year will be no different. Although names like Ward, West, Brackett, and Nugent are gone, this game should still be a dandy. Power, grown man football, solid defenses, and rabid fan bases. Yum.
Strafford v. Marionville – This is a matchup coming into the season nobody would have highlighted, but Marionville’s unbeaten start, coupled with the injury of Brady Collier makes this game intriguing. Marionville quarterback Jacob LaSalle has adjusted nicely to play in the Mid-Lakes and is ready to test a Strafford defense that has looked very human so far in 2013. Even still, it will be a tall order for the Comets.
Bolivar v. Harrisonville – Last year the Liberators were on the business end of a pair of losses at the hands of the powerhouse Wildcats, the second, a 13-6 loss in the district finals. That defeat makes Friday’s matchup even better. For Bolivar to get to the Dome the Liberators will have go get past Harrisonville. We will find out how realistic that is on Friday.
Ozark v. Republic – If you had said that these two teams would be atop the COC-Large standings after two weeks you should probably player the Lotto this week. The Red Tigers have done it with offense this season, and the Black Tigers have done it with defense. Something has to give on Friday, in a game that will help to clear up the muddy picture that is the COC-Large standings.
Volleyball Recap Get out of the way…
On Saturday the Nixa Lady Eagles won the Branson Invitational Volleyball Tournament. Coming into the season we knew Nixa was talented, but inexperienced. We also knew that Aubrey Cheffey had the potential to be great. Potential may not be the word, maybe she’s just great. She dominated Saturday, sending home thunderous spikes that left fans shaking their heads and defenses ducking theirs. As one unlucky McDonald County defender found out, if you don’t find the ball, the ball will find you. I’ve said it before, the 6-foot-2 Cheffey has the makings of being the most dominant player in the area, and it is all about consistency for her and the Lady Eagles.
Show No Mercy…
Tammy Miller’s Rogersville squad opened the 2013 season with a pair of impressive wins. Last Tuesday, the Lady ‘Cats made quick work of Kickapoo in a two-set win at home, and for an encore Rogersville steamrolled Mountain Grove on the road in two sets, winning the first 25-4. The senior-less Cats aren’t just the Abby Groover show, they are balanced, deep, and fearless.
Sorry Hugh Keeton…
I am currently crushing the KSPR Sports Anchor in fantasy football behind huge Sundays from Reggie Bush and Brandon Marshall. Oh, it helps when Peyton Manning throws seven touchdowns too. Maybe those preseason draft grades were right when issuing the Ole Miss fanatic a less than stellar grade.