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Big Man on Campus
Rafe Peavey, Quarterback – Bolivar: Peavey is easily the biggest name in the area football scene. The four-star recruit, who is verbally committed to be a Hog next year, has all the talent in the world, but had failed to win the “big game”. That changed on Friday when Peavey led Bolivar into Harrisonville where the Liberators pulled off a 31-14 win. In that game Peavey showed why nearly every D-1 program in the land wanted his services. He went 17-for-20 passing with 225 yards and three scores. He also ran for another 97 yards and a score, while proving that his Liberators will be in the hunt come November.
Helmet Stickers Logan Allred, Running Back – Ash Grove: What more is there to say about the Ash Grove senior? On Friday, he torched Diamond to the tune of 256 yards, a single-game Ash Grove record, and a pair of scores. That effort puts him approximately 120 yards away from the Pirates’ career rushing mark.
Matt Clancy, Wide Receiver - Marshfield: Coming into 2013 area defenses knew to slow down Blayne Armstrong, you must stop Willie Toten and Logan Findley. With that mindset, the 6-foot-3 Clancy has stepped up as a more than capable option. On Friday, he had a breakout game in the Blue Jays’ 39-36 loss to rival Reeds Spring, racking up career-highs in catches (12), yards (202), and hauling in a pair of touchdowns, proving to be another game-breaking weapon for Nick Codutti’s high-powered offense.
Braxton Graham, Athlete - Seneca: Mr. Graham is the high school football version of Darren Sproles. He’s little, he’s elusive, and he’s a nightmare to stop; just ask Aurora. The senior standout racked up 223 yards on 26 carries with four scores. He also caught five balls for 116 yards and another score. For good measure, he also added five tackles and a pass break-up. Come season’s end, he will be in sniffing range of 1,000-1,000 club.
Brock Humphrey, Quarterback - Harrison: The Goblins’ signal-caller continues to run Chad Harbison’s spread offense to a T. Humphrey put the hurtin’ on Highway 62 rival Mountain Home, completing 11 of his 14 attempts for 245 yards and four scores in Harrison’s 44-7 win Friday night. This on the heels of leading the Goblins to 64 points in their opener by throwing for 239 yards and picking up six total scores.
Alec Murphy, Running Back – Nixa: It was just another day at the office for Murphy. “Big Baby Al” weighed 10 pounds and 5 ounces when he was born, and has grown into a 220-pound man-child running back. He racked up 211 yards and a pair of scores in a dominating 49-14 win over Branson. He also took a screen pass 60 yards to the crib. You can never go wrong when getting the ball to no. 26.
Drew Legan, Athlete - Bolivar: Peavey gets a lot of the headlines, but Legan still may be the more productive high school player. Offensively he gashed Harrisonville early and often, picking up 204 yards on 25 carries. Yes, that is more than eight yards a pop against one of the state’s premier programs. On the other side of the ball, Legan helped a stifling Bolivar D stymie every Wildcat attack, logging 15 tackles and a fumble recovery.
Cole Lowry, Wide Receiver – McAuley: If you are familiar with the track scene, then you know Lowry as a dynamic jumper. He is also a playmaker on the gridiron. In Friday’s 42-32 win over Miller, Lowry accounted for five touchdowns, all coming on huge gains, to help lead the Warriors. A 70-yard kickoff return, 78-yard punt return, 74-yard reception, 35-yard pass, and 14-yard reception all resulted in TDs for the senior standout. In total, he finished the game with 171 receiving yards, 97 rushing yards, and picked up 11 tackles defensively.
Johnny Malone, Defensive End - Lebanon: If you haven’t seen the freak of nature in person, you can’t appreciate his greatness. Johnny “Manimal” takes any plans you have, and turns them upside down. Although the Jackets lost the Highway 5 trophy 20-17 against Camdenton, Malone made life less than fun for the better part of 48 minutes. He finished with 3 ½ sacks and a fumble recovery. On the season he has 7 ½ sacks through three games, and has former standout Rufus Sullivan’s sack record in sight.
Zane Kyser, Fullback –Salem: Kyser is probably the CEO of the Brian McNamee Spread Offense Fan Club”. The bruising back added another 200-yard effort to his list of accomplishments in this young season, running for 216 yards on just 20 carries, and two touchdowns. At 240 lbs is a load to bring down. Good luck SCA.
Camdenton looks the part… The Lakers traveled down Highway 5 to take on rival Lebanon, and after a slow start, Camdenton showed exactly why it is a top 5 team in Class 5. Bo Dean was accurate, Burris and Martin run hard, and Carlock and Elliott continue to be the productive leaders they are. The Yellow Jackets had them on their heels and Camdenton responded…. But don’t count out Lebanon. Although the Lakers control their own destiny in the OC race, there will likely be a rematch for the Highway 5 trophy. With the way Lebanon runs the ball and plays sound defense, also with the maturation of sophomore quarterback Luke Winfrey, Lebanon will be a player in the Class 5 scene…. Kickapoo also took care of business, setting up another huge Ozark Conference game when the Chiefs visit Camdenton on Friday. This matchup is intriguing to say the least. Kickapoo hasn’t seen anyone at the Lakers level thus far. With that being said, Kickapoo has the most dynamic offense that Camdenton has seen so far. It will come down to the Chiefs’ ability to maintain drives and score points against the stingy Lakers.
Lamar is REALLY good… The Tigers finally got that monkey off their back, topping Cassville 48-0 at home. Coach Bailey’s squad winning isn’t what was impressive, but the dominating fashion in which they won was. Lamar now has the inside track at a Big 8 title… This week the Big 8 will see another battle of traditional powers when Seneca visits Cassville. This is a make or break game for the Wildcats. A loss would essentially eliminate them from Big 8 title contention and put them out of home-field consideration come district playoffs. With the way the Indians offense has been firing, they have a tall order in front of them.
The SCA…will be about revenge this week. Liberty will host Ava, the same Bear squad that upset them 27-26 last season. Don’t think the Eagles aren’t looking forward to this game and staying in the driver’s seat for conference supremacy… Willow Springs will host Mountain Grove in a game that has conference and district implications. The Panthers routed Willow early, 43-13, but the Bears continued to mature and hung tough in the district semifinal match up before losing, 21-0. This season’s Bears are getting healthier and continue to be a force defensively. If they can hold Grove’s running game in check and put Bobby Otwell in obvious passing situations, they could have a shot at an upset.
Lance and the Liberators… Last year Bolivar just couldn’t get over the hump against perennial power Harrisoville, losing in the regular season and district play. But, Lance took his No. 4 ranked Liberators into Harrisonville and handed the No. 2 Wildcats a 31-14 loss, holding them scoreless for nearly the entire second half. Now, score comparison isn’t an exact science, but with Harrisonville’s wins over Helias and Savannah, and Bolivar’s win over the Wildcats, a potential Liberator run to the Dome doesn’t seem too far-fetched at all. Couple that with the fact that they would go through the east side of the bracket, avoiding the Cardinals, making a Webb City-Bolivar state title game possible...
It wasn’t pretty, but Strafford… got the job done against a much improved Marionville squad. The loss of Brady Collier for the remainder of the season seemed to slow down the Indians a bit on both sides of the ball. They trailed 22-21, before ripping off 14 unanswered to get the win. The Real Deal Jacob Wade had a very Wade-like game (11-16 for 145 and 2 TDs; 127 yards rushing) and even offered our own Mike Scott some colorful insight to the Strafford defense. Expect the “Greatest Show on Grass” to return this week against a reeling Stockton team… For Marionville, there is more good than bad to take from Friday’s loss. Remember, the Comets are only in Class 1. To hang tough with a Class 2 contender bodes well for them long term. This week they host the Ash Grove Pirates in a huge Mid-Lakes showdown. An Ash Grove win sets up the potential for an undefeated showdown with Strafford. A loss makes an outright conference title unlikely.
Congrats to the West Plains Zizzers on picking up another OC win over Glendale, 21-14. For a program that hasn’t tasted much success over the years, this group of players is changing the culture there. Sophomore QB Sam Hall and senior receiver Jacob Womack continue to develop a great relationship on the field. This marks the first season since 2010 that the Zizzers will have won multiple games, and the first time since 2007 that West Plains won multiple OC games… Troy Rayburn also has the Pleasant Hope Pirates playing great football. Although they came up short, 9-6, against Fair Grove, that was a matchup that they were -70 in over the past two seasons… The Hollister Tigers also made some history on Friday, snapping a 23-game losing streak with a 16-13 win over Buffalo. However, the Tigers did lose Chandler Shook to an injury. We are wishing him a speedy recovery. Terry Allen continues to be an enigma to me. Why, with a great defense and offense that is struggling, would you not take those three points at halftime and extend your lead. Instead, the Bears failed to convert the score, giving the Racers momentum going into the break when they previously had none. Murray State would rally in the second half to top Missouri State by… wait for it… a field goal, 41-38. Come on man.
Say what you want about Jonny Football, but the dude can ball… Nick Saban may go down as the best head coach in the history of college football. Give him a week to prepare he’s good, just ask the SEC. Give him a month and he’s even better, just ask Oregon, LSU, and Texas. But, give him a calendar year and he… Gets up lit up by Manziel for 464 yards passing, another 98 on the ground and 5 scores in a 49-42 shoot-out? That doesn’t quite fit, because Johnny Football defies logic. How can a kid that majors in drinking beer, eating skittles, and signing autographs, allegedly, for money, allegedly, outsmart the best tactician in the game? Beats me, but I’m looking forward to seeing it in person on Sep. 28 against Arkansas. Be jealous.
Fantasy update… Team Burton is currently atop the O-Zone Fantasy League after Week 1, due in large part to Aaron Rodgers going Aaron Rodgers on the Redskins. If I can get anything out of Reggie Bush and Demaryius Thomas in the late games I should be fine against Andre Rison Fire Safety Co. (AKA Kai Raymer).
What an impressive performance by the Lamar Tiger Brotherhood!
These young men are the epitome of "Team"!
Go get 'em Tigers!
I am the father of johnny malone I call him johnny alphonso got a real ring to it he has work all his life add to make a name for his self and to earn the respect of his friend and peers which he has done and as his father proud is just one of the words I can use and I pray that God keep blessing him in every way I would like to hear him called by the name johnny alphonso just once for that is his real name johnny alphonso malone I am very sick in out of hospital all the time fighting a lot of things to stay alive just want to see my son get to the top of his game and goal alphonso malone the father of the freak menanil johnny alphonso malone aka johnny alphonso Lebanon yellow jackets
thats johnny alphonsus
That's johnny alphonsus
Really proud of you Johnny Alphonso, your professional demeanor and attention to detail is exemplary. My sincere CONGRADULATIONS on a great year. In my eyes, you should be on your way to the top. Godspeed, and also our prayers are with your Dad as he contends with the health problems he's dealing with right now...