SPRINGFIELD, MO - And the list is cut to 11... 11 undefeated Southwest Missouri football teams: Cassville, Hillcrest, Miller, Mtn Grove, Ozark, Parkview, Salem, Sarcoxie, Skyline, Strafford and Webb City. A trio of teams fell from the unbeaten ranks in week 5: Ash Grove, Lebanon and Nixa.
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OZARK CONFERENCE - Some would call it an upset, others may not, but chalk up Hillcrest's 43-40 win over Lebanon as one to talk about on the North Side. Despite 5 turnovers the Hornets rallied from 2 scores down to win on Jonah Hill's TD run with under 5 minutes to go. But hey, let's not take anything from Springfield's 2nd oldest school, Parkview. Anthony Hays and the Vikings went up to Camdenton and handed the Lakers a 35-28 loss. In case you're looking ahead, Parkview visits Hillcrest Thursday October 4th. Elsewhere in the OC, Joplin knocked off West Plains 35-14, and Kickapoo edged Glendale Thursday night 21-14 on Falcons Homecoming.
BIG 8 - Cassville ran its record to 5-0 for the 3rd straight year with a 34-24 home win over Carl Junction. Brent Thompson led the Wildcat offense with 95 yards rushing and a pair of TD runs. Monett won its 4th straight, 21-0 over Aurora. Aaron Hall picked up a pair of short TD runs. Kyle Woods tallied the other Cubs touchdown. Mt Vernon bounced back by blasting East Newton 54-14. Seneca went out of conference to drop Mac County 41-14. Lamar annihilated Butler 63-12.
COC Large - The poster child for undefeated teams, Webb City ran its regular season streak to 86 games, handing Nixa its first loss 49-21. Ozark spoiled Willard's homecoming 35-6 led by Cody Lindsay's 3 touchdowns before he left with a stinger in the 4th quarter. The 35 point total was the lowest Tiger point total this season, likely by choice not necessity. Branson held off a furious Republic charge, 42-28. Carthage kept Neosho winless, 63-22.
COC Small - Bolivar keeps getting healthier and they showed what the Liberators can do when at full strength, beating Marshfield 38-0. Reeds Spring has been one of the area's top surprises, improving to 4-1 with a 44-24 win over Rogersville. BMOC Easton Flaugh filled up the box score with 168 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground to go with another TD through the air. Catholic also picked up its 4th win, 38-6 over Hollister led by a couple Eric Smith TD passes. Buffalo fell 35-19 to Central in non-conference action.
Mid-Lakes - Strafford must be in this weeks Sportswriters top 10. The Indians blasted Pleasant Hope 59-0 and have now outscored their opponents 263-14 (widest margin in the area). The Indians' week 6 opponent, Fair Grove, blanked Stockton 32-0. Marionville plays the lone Saturday game, hosting Tolton Catholic. The other big upset of the night came in Joplin where McAuley Catholic knocked Ash Grove off the undefeated pedestal 28-21. Skyline got the conference bye week, smashing Appleton City 59-22.
South Central Association - Mountain Grove went to 5-0 with a 44-19 handling of Cabool. Tyler Collins added 3 more touchdowns on 141 yards rushing. Salem kept pace with a 23-20 win over scrappy Ava. Thayer gave Houston a problem, 50-7. MV-BT/Liberty moved to 4-1 with a 48-14 smashing of Willow Springs.
Spring River Valley - Miller narrowly survived homecoming night, 42-36 over Lockwood. Diamond easily dispatched Miller's next opponent Pierce City 36-14. Sarcoxie elevated to 5-0, blanking Jasper 40-0. Greenfield shutout Liberal 26-0.
Elsewhere, Lighthouse Christian fell 50-26 at Lincoln Christian (OK).
We're officially past the midway point. Some in great shape, some with a lot of work to do.