Posted: Saturday, 21 September 2013 3:38AM

Week 4 Football Roundup


Game of the Night
Another one bites the dust in the Ozark Conference and the Chiefs stand alone.  Kickapoo went on the road to hostile Camdenton Friday night and pulled out a 21-19 win.  Senior QB Anthony Cooper got it done through the air and on the ground.  The Chiefs host Glendale this Thursday for Homecoming and should move to 5-0 before an October 4th OC showdown at Hillcrest.

Can’t Touch This (12 undefeated teams remain)
Nixa scored 28 quick points and then put on the cruise control in a 35-0 win at previously undefeated Willard.  Senior QB Jacob Karlson accounted for three touchdowns.  The Eagles defense is very impressive and they’ll need to be next week when they host Webb City.

Rafe Peavey needed just 24 minutes to rack up 260 total yards and six touchdowns Friday night as 2nd ranked Bolivar blanked Hollister 48-0.  Peavey is one of those players whose talent far exceeds his statistical output, simply because he doesn’t need to do anymore.  You have to respect Coach Roweton for calling off the dogs and not padding stats.

The machine known as Lamar continued to roll Friday night.  Led by Levi Petersen’s 191 rushing yards and four touchdowns the Tigers walloped Mt Vernon 48-7, improving to 4-0.  In total, LHS racked up 482 total yards.

After falling behind 6-0 Reeds Spring never looked back on the way to a 48-6 COC Small win over Buffalo.  Six different Wolves found the endzone as Brian Moler’s squad improved to 4-0 for the first time since…well, it’s been a while.

Skyline has scored no less than 39 points in each of its four victories, and Friday night would be no different.  The undefeated Tigers took down Pleasant Hope 42-13.  A trip to Mid-Lakes tri-leader Ash Grove is looming October 4th, followed by a home meeting with Strafford the next week.

Monett keeps on trucking.  The Cubs swept away East Newton 34-0 Friday night for their 4th victory.  Going back to last season Coach Depee’s team is one of the area’s hottest, winning 10 of their last 11.  A pair of winnable games against Aurora and Cassville are coming up before the proverbial Big 8 gauntlet against Lamar, Seneca and Carl Junction.  One thing is for sure; they will be prepared for the playoffs.

MV-BT/Liberty cruised to 4-0 Friday night with a 47-13 win over Ava.  Jaelon Acklin posted his usual impressive line of 15-19 passing with 224 yards and three touchdowns.  Now get excited!  The next two weeks should be fun in the SCA.  The Eagles host Willow Springs in the KY3 Game of the Week, followed by a trip to fellow SCA front runner Mountain Grove in the KSPR Game of the Week.

Speaking of the SCA, Mountain Grove flexed its muscle to the tune of a 42-28 win over Willow Springs.   Senior QB Bobby Otwell was a near perfect 8-8 passing with 214 passing yards and another 127 rushing yards.  It’s funny because after dropping down a class last season the Panthers might have had a better shot to win state in class 3.

As I said week 1, the Strafford Indians have more offensive weapons than they know what to do with.  Friday night’s spotlight shone on sophomore running back Jacob Eden who racked up 116 rushing yards, 119 receiving yards and 4 total touchdowns as the 5th ranked Indians handled Stockton 63-22.

Ash Grove’s 31-23 win at scrappy Marionville gets some big points in the “game of the night” category.  The Comets hung tough, but ultimately fell to the Pirates, a game head coach Doug Martin called one of the most exciting he’s been a part of. 

Sarcoxie beat Pierce City 28-6 and Jasper roughed up Lockwood 41-14, each remaining perfect in the Spring River Valley hunt.  The undefeated pair will meet next week in Jasper (fun fact: the setting for the 1989 Patrick Swayze thriller “Road House”).

We’re Comin’! W’ere Comin’!
Lebanon is sitting there with one Ozark Conference loss, but don’t count out the Yellow Jackets just yet.  Running back Elza Evans has burst onto the scene, including his 292 rushing yards and four touchdowns in Friday’s 38-0 win at Glendale.  Big game next week hosting Hillcrest in the KSPR Game of the Week.

Much like Lebanon, Hillcrest is far from out of it in the Ozark Conference race.  The Hornets handled an improving West Plains squad 49-21 Friday night.  A very special moment happened late in the 3rd quarter when senior receiver Darnell Green-Beckham hauled in a touchdown pass.  It was the first since his freshman season.  DGB II had been receiving treatment for Leukemia since February of 2011.  His Hornet teammates received an excessive celebration penalty after mobbing him on the field.  Pretty sure they didn’t mind the 15 yards.

Webb City got a balanced offensive attack in a workman-like 49-6 Homecoming win over Republic.  The highlight of the night was junior Cameron Tournear’s pair of blocked punts.  Head coach John Roderique told the Joplin Globe it was, “the Cardinals’ most complete game to date.”

Seneca is one of the area’s most underrated teams, but Friday night’s 26-7 win at Cassville might help turn some heads.  The Indians got 201 rushing yards from Braxton Graham and 189 passing yards from Payton Rawlins in their first win over the Wildcats since a 48-21 home win in 2004.

Carl Junction is another team that probably isn’t getting enough press.  Doug Buckmaster and the Bulldogs are racking up the points like they’re going out of style (averaging 56 points per game!).  Friday night, CJ dispatched Aurora 56-26 for its third win in four tries this season (lone loss to Webb City).

Joplin isn’t likely to make a run in the class 6 playoffs, but they could play spoiler for someone in the Ozark Conference.  The Eagles bested Rolla 35-7 for their third win.
After an 18-3 season opening loss to Cass-Midway, Osceola has been on a roll.  The Indians improved to 3-1 Friday night with a 37-14 win at Drexel.

Just Hangin’
Friday’s 42-20 win at Fair Grove was just what the doctor ordered for a struggling Springfield Catholic squad.  Senior Cameron Skornia blitzed the Eagle’s defense for 156 rushing yards and four touchdowns.  It’s back to the COC Small grind next week, but a winnable game at Hollister.

The loss of athlete Quinton Wingert to injury in last week’s win over Republic has proved costly for Ozark.  The Tigers never got their high-powered offensive attack going in a 42-14 loss at Carthage.  Coach Bliss and the red Tigers will look to lick their wounds next week hosting the black Tigers of Willard.

It was a big night for Branson’s Jordan Bailey in the Pirates’ 44-35 win over Neosho.  Bailey accounted for over 300 total yards of offense to lead the way in Branson’s second win of the season.

Class 1 Thayer handed Class 3 Salem its first loss, 23-6.  Parkview got its second straight win, 38-21 at Waynesville.  Greenfield took care of Archie 35-20 in non-conference action.  Diamond blasted Miller 53-14 to keep pace in the SRVC.

On the Board
It took four weeks for Marshfield to pick up its first W, but it had to have felt sweet to take down Webster County rival Rogersville, 50-23.  Blayne Armstrong continued his assault on the record books with over 450 total yards.  The impressive part for the usual pocket-passer was his nearly 200 on the ground.

Congrats to Houston and Liberal who got their first wins of the season; 40-26 over Cabool and 41-31 over McAuley Catholic respectively.

Other Scores
Rogers Heritage (Ark.) 52, Harrison (Ark.) 35
England (Ark.) 16, Yellville-Summit (Ark.) 12
Eldon 62, Warsaw 19
Parkview (Ark.) 20, Mountain Home (Ark.) 6
Pleasant Hill 52, Nevada 20 - FINAL
Excelsior Springs 61, Springfield Central 14
Jay (Okla.) 27, McDonald County 20
Clinton 21, El Dorado Springs 0 - FINAL
Berryville (Ark.) 21, Green Forest (Ark.) 20 - FINAL

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