SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- It was a hot and muggy night around the Ozarks as the next crop of prep stars took the field in hopes of leading their team to victory. One week in the book; a few upsets, a few blowouts and some down to the wire action all wrapped up right here.
It’s supposed to be a “down year” in Bolivar, but the Liberators lit it up 51-14 over Neosho, kicking off Arkansas commit Rafe Peavey’s senior year with a bang.
Nixa blanked Smith-Cotton 41-0 led by new QB Jacob Karlson, who went 5-6 with 130 yards and three touchdowns passing to go with three more rushing.
Mountain Grove went undefeated last regular season and kicked off 2013 just as well. The Wildcats defense allowed just one first down (none by 1st team) in a 38-0 win over Rogersville. Bobby Otwell threw for 105 yards and a touchdown, rushed for 90 more yards.
The 2-time defending class 2 state champ Lamar Tigers are even better than last year. How about a 75-0 statement win over McDonald County!?
Salem welcomed new head coach Brian McNamee with a 48-16 win over Houston.
Class 2 8th ranked Strafford figures to have one of the area’s best offense this season and showed it Friday night with a 51-22 win over Hollister. Senior QB Jacob Wade will be smelling some records this season, finding pay dirt five times. Credit the Tigers for putting up 22 against a solid Indians outfit.
The Wes Beachler era in Republic began with a bang, knocking off Central 40-0 in workman like form. It was a balanced effort that included big plays for James Desjardins, Jace Duvall, 105 yards rushing from Zach Dickens and sophomore linebacker sensation Darion Hall. The defense stepped up huge for the orange and black Tigers on this night.
Ash Grove has some weapons and they showed it Friday night with a 57-25 win at Cabool. I’ll be surprised if the Pirates lose before their winning nine meeting with Strafford.
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We knew it would be a great game and it lived up to the billing. Camdentonedged Hillcrest 17-14 to snap a two year losing streak to the Hornets. Kullen Carlock got it done on both sides of the ball for the Lakers. Matt Rush had a solid debut at QB for Hillcrest.
Aurora’s offense racked up 304 yards as they squeezed out a 19-12 non-con win over Ava. Josh Fronabarger finished with six completions for 93 yards and a touchdown for the Houn' Dawgs.
Celebrate in West Plains tonight. It couldn’t have been easy, but the Zizzers have reason for optimism after a 14-13 squeaker over Waynesville, snapping a 31-game Ozark Conference losing streak.
After falling behind 10-0 early Kickapoo bounced back with 33 unanswered points and held off Parkview 39-25. Senior QB Anthony Cooper racked up 200 yards of total offense, including a 68 yard TD scamper.
Cassville has had Branson’s number the past three seasons, but on Friday night the Pirates got their revenge with a 35-28 home win. New QB Da'Quan Ervin had a coming out party with two rushing touchdowns, throw for another and return a 90-yard kickoff for a TD. Despite the loss, Cassville’s Big 8 win streak is still intact, but look out for Lamar week 3. Up next, the Pirates visit Bolivar in the KY3 Game of the Week.
Confidence builders MV-BT/Liberty was 2nd in class 2, Caruthersville was 3rd. If Friday night’s 60-28 win was any indication, the Eagles are going to be straight filthy this season. Let the hype continue to grow as senior QB Jaelon Acklin had a career night, passing for 322 yards and five touchdowns, rushing for 108 yards and two scores, and if that wasn’t enough, he returned a punt 95 yards for his 8th score of the night!!!
We’ve seen the size in Willard, but this year it appears the skill has joined the party. The Tigers took care of Marshfield 30-16. Sophomore Hunter Yeargan rushed for three touchdowns. Hayden Harris added the Tigers’ other score.
Lebanon lost a lot from last year’s co-Ozark Conference champion team, but the Yellow Jackets can feel good about a 27-7 win over an improving Rolla team. Elza Evans appears to be the next stud running back in Laclede County, rushing for a pair of touchdowns in the win.
The buzz is growing about Reeds Spring, and Friday night’s 33-13 road win over Willow Springs doesn’t hurt. Easton Flaugh and company picked up a big victory over the injury depleted Bears. Next up, the Wolves host Green Forest, AR in the KSPR Game of the Week.
Stockton matched its win total from last year with a 14-8 win over El Dorado Springs to capture the coveted “Cedar Bowl Trophy”. Garret Burns led the Tigers with 84 yards rushing on 12 carries. Nathan Kerr was close behind with 83 rushing yards.
Pleasant Hope got its season off on the right foot with a 20-14 overtime win over Sherwood.
Lockwood knocked off rival Greenfield 28-20.
Book’s still out Joplin and Glendale are two teams at the bottom of the Ozark Conference looking to make a jump. The Eagles took this one 21-11, but credit the Falcons for hanging in all night.
Webb City might not be Webb City this year. What in the World does that mean? Well, the normally dominant Cardinals weren’t their usual selves in a 52-29 win over Carl Junction.
This isn’t the Fair Grove team of a few years ago, but any time you beat a larger Highway 65 rival you can hold your head high. The Eagles dispatched Buffalo 26-12 for their sixth straight win over the Bison.
Stuff your face with turkey this week, then stuff your eyes with lots and lots of basketball next week.
We have nearly 20 local high school basketball tournaments coming up Dec. 2-7.
Some, like the Republic Tournament, bring in out-of-area schools...
The 2013-14 basketball season kicks off this week. In the basketball-crazy Ozarks we again have many marquee teams and players. Here is a look at some of the top boys players in the area. Tweet me @thejordanburton and let me know anyone else I should...
The 2013-14 basketball season kicks off this week. In the basketball-crazy Ozarks we again have many marquee teams and players. Here is a look at some of the top girls players in the area. Tweet me @thejordanburton and let me know anyone else I should...