Game of the Night
Mighty Lamar has fallen! Carl Junction continues to build its reputation as the class 4 8th ranked Bulldogs knocked off class 2 top ranked Lamar 50-46 on a crazy hook-and-lateral touchdown in the final 10 seconds (see 1st highlight above). Down by as many as 21, Lamar fought back to take a lead with five minutes to go only to see their 17-game winning streak snapped. Oddly enough the loss actually boosts Lamar’s district standing because of playing up two classes.
6 and a Donut Club (7 remaining undefeated teams)
MV-BT/Liberty might have had the most impressive win of the week. The 2nd ranked Eagles ran away from 3rd ranked Mtn Grove 57-34. As usual, Jaelon Acklin posted silly numbers (147 rushing yards, 4 TD; 217 passing yards, 2 TD). But this night was special. Acklin won this one for former Eagle Paris Walkup, who was tragically killed in a Colorado rock slide earlier this week. He was one of Acklin’s role models, thus he wore the same number 2 jersey.
Kickapoo had an equally impressive win on Thursday night. The class 5 7th ranked Chiefs took an outright lead in the Ozark Conference with a 49-21 win at class 4 7th ranked Hillcrest. Anthony Cooper and John Fuchs led the charge, accounting for three TDs apiece. Hard to imagine the Chiefs losing anymore during the regular season, which would make them OC champs for the first time since 2000.
Class 4 2nd ranked Bolivar made quick and easy work of Buffalo, 42-0 Friday night. Hunter Burks, Drew Legan x2, Tyler Lockhart, Aaron Samek and Hank Lemon each scored touchdowns for the Liberators. Notice Rafe Peavey did not account for a single TD. Playing just one quarter, we can only assume the plan was to keep their D-1 QB fresh and healthy for a deep playoff run.
Ash Grove may be the forgotten team among area class 2 powers, but the Pirates certainly proved their dominance Friday night with a remained tied atop the Mid-Lakes with a 49-28 home victory over previously unbeaten Skyline. Logan Allred toted the rock longer than John Daly hits his driver (315 yards), including four more touchdowns. That means Allred has now rushed for nearly 700 yards the past two weeks. Wow!
It may have been senior night for Strafford, but rest assured the Indians will be back at home again come playoff time. Jacob Wade took center stage on the night he and his senior mates were honored with over 360 total yards, five passing touchdowns and a 76-yard TD scamper in a 62-7 win over Fair Grove. Winning the Mid-Lakes title won’t be a cake walk with trips to Skyline and Ash Grove the next two weeks.
Reeds Spring got a close call Friday night, rallying from two scores down to beat COC Small foe Springfield Catholic 56-41. It was more than just homecoming for the Wolves. The win marked the best start in team history (6-0) and the first win over the Irish since the Reagan administration (1984). Junior fullback Dalton Pomeroy led the comeback charge with 142 yards on 10 carries. Nick Baron led Catholic with an impressive 228 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Jasper came dangerously close to dropping their first game at Pleasant Hope, but ultimately pulled out a 29-15 win over the Pirates.
Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’
Nixa moved to 5-1 with a 33-7 thrashing of Neosho. Junior tailback Alec Murphy torched the Wildcats for a season high 257 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns on 22 carries. Next up, throw out the records as Christian County rival Ozark comes to town in the KY3 Game of the Week.
Camdenton has quietly played their way to a 5-1 start with their only loss coming by just two points to conference leading Kickapoo. Friday night the Lakers celebrated homecoming with a 49-12 win over winless Rolla.
Osceola isn’t a team a lot of people are talking about statewide, but maybe they should be. The Indians’ ground attack thrashed Archie for 438 yards in a 63-20 homecoming domination. Get to know the names Driston Self and Trevor Dean. The QB/RB combo rushed for 179 yards and 122 yards respectively. Self found paydirt three times. Dean racked up four scores. The Indians should crack the top 10 in class 1 next week.
They Did What?!
Marshfield racked up a season high 72 points in a 72-40 shootout win at Hollister. You may have expected big numbers from senior QB Blayne Armstrong, and he did not disappoint. As his last name indicates, Armstrong threw for six touchdowns and rushed for two more. Double wow!!
Webb City won. Yes. But how about Willard? The Tigers came into Cardinals Stadium and hung with one of the top programs in the state, regardless of class. Willard was within 24-21 late before Webb turned it on for a hard fought 38-21 victory. The Tigers are playing with house money as they face Republic (KSPR Game of the Week), Branson and Carthage to close the regular season.
Branson upset Ozark 43-30. Or did they? The Pirates improved to 3-1 in the COC Large after falling behind 20-0. You can’t say enough about the emergence of running back Jordan Bailey. The senior rushed for a Dan Kneeshaw like 327 yards and five touchdowns; four of which came in the 2nd half.
Most expected Aurora to struggle this fall, but the Houn’ Dawgs have pulled out some key wins thus far, including Friday’s 35-0 blanking of Rogersville.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Marionville is one of those teams whose difficult regular season schedule may blemish their record, but will only strengthen its playoff prowess. Sophomore QB Jacob LaSalle rushed for 224 yards and a touchdown, while throwing for 92 yards and three more scores in a 48-8 win over visiting Stockton.
Carthage won’t win the COC Large, but they have proven to be among the top half. The blue Tigers beat the orange Tigers of Republic, 40-37 Friday night; making just enough plays down the stretch. Gabe Franklin led the attack with 126 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Ava may be 3 and 3, but the Bears could be a tough out come playoff time. The Bears clawed Houston 48-8 Friday night.
Lockwood is another team whose record can be deceiving. The tough part of the Tigers schedule is behind them and Friday’s 46-22 win over Liberal should send a message to their remaining opponents.
Lebanon has for all intents and purposes dropped out of the Ozark Conference title chase, but the Yellow Jackets could be a spoiler down the stretch. The Jackets stung upstart West Plains 35-7 Friday night for their fourth victory.
Don’t count out the Thayer Bobcats who have won three straight games after Friday’s 58-27 win over Cabool. The Bobcats are still in the top 10 in class 1 and should be with their difficult schedule.
Josh Buchanan’s three touchdown runs were not enough for Glendale to avoid a 37-21 homecoming loss to Parkview. Maurice Downey was a ball hog, picking off a pair of Falcon passes and taking them back for TDs. Parkview moves back to .500 in the Ozark Conference after the Thursday night win.
It’s been a tough go at times for Springfield Central this season, but Friday night’s 13-7 win over visiting El Dorado Springs will help Bulldog faithful forget about some of those earlier losses. Jay King came up with the eventual game winning score for the Queen Cities most historic school.
On the Board
Congratulations to the East Newton Patriots on picking up their first win of 2013, 16-0 over McDonald County.
Joplin 31, Waynesville 25 Miller 33, Pierce City 26
Willow Springs 24, Salem 20
Diamond 26, McAuley Catholic 0
Greenbrier, Ark. 47, Harrison, Ark. 43
Searcy, Ark. 29, Mtn Home, Ark. 28
Green Forest, Ark. 43, Melbourne, Ark. 34
Greenland, Ark. 20, Yellville-Summit, Ark. 6
Ozark, Ark. 28, Berryville, Ark. 13
Warsaw 42, Southern Boone County 12
Nevada 46, Northeast Law & Public Service 0
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