SPRINGFIELD, MO - And then there were 9 (undefeated teams), but first, let's throw some love to the Central Bulldogs. The Queen City's oldest high school went on the road and came up with the finish of the year. The Dogs beat El Dorado Springs 61-55 on a last second 75 yard blocked field goal. Wow!
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SPRING RIVER VALLEY - Miller marched to 6-0 with a 47-14 thumping of Pierce City. Senior Dalton Gulick fired 3 touchdowns through the air, while the Cardinals found the endzone all 5 1st half posessions. Lockwood continued its alternating win-loss schedule with a 49-19 win over Liberal. Sarcoxie remained perfect with a 46-8 win over Greenfield.
SOUTH CENTRAL ASSOCIATION - The SCA showdown we've been waiting for certainly lived up to the billing. Mountain Grove sits on top of the conference heap after a 27-20 win over MV-BT/Liberty, in which the Eagles went for and missed a late 2-point conversion for the second time this season. The shock of the night came when Willow Springs blanked previously undefeated Salem 32-0. We had to triple check that one. Thayer took care of Cabool 36-6. Ava shut out Houston 35-0.
OZARK CONFERENCE - Hail to the Parkview Vikings! Coach Hays and the green and gold certainly deserve the spotlight after suffering through the 2000's. Parkview blanked Glendale 28-0 to run its record to 6-0. The Vikes will be heavily tested by a hungry Hillcrest team Thursday on the north side. The 6th ranked Hornets were upset by Kickapoo 26-21 Thursday night. Lebanon bounced back from its lone loss with a 52-0 romp of West Plains. The Jackets got an added shot in the arm with Waynesville transfer Aren Martin, who was declared eligible by MSHSAA earlier in the day. The crazy part is that Martin played in Waynesville's loss at Lebanon earlier this season. Camdenton kept Rolla winless, 19-6. Joplin bamboozled Waynesville 23-6.
MID-LAKES CONFERENCE - Put the women and children to bed next Friday as Mid-Lakes contenders Skyline and Strafford square off on the banks of I-44. Both took care of business Friday night. Skyline blasted 4-1 Ash Grove 66-7. Strafford also moved to 6-0 with a 42-7 well balanced upending of Fair Grove. Marionville got 6 touchdowns from junior running back Seth Smith in a 44-21 win at Stockton.
COC SMALL - Bolivar continued its dominance of Highway 32 rival Buffalo 68-0. Thanks to Lance Roweton for giving us "All-Access with the Liberators". Marshfield put up 51 points, allowing just 16 to Hollister. Catholic raced out to an early lead, and held off Reeds Spring 21-18. The Irish join Bolivar as the lone unbeaten conference teams. Rogersville beat Aurora 39-28 in the non-conference matchup of the week.
COC LARGE - Just like the Mid-Lakes, the COC Large is heating up. Ozark's 51-14 win over Branson, and Nixa's 41-0 dismantling of Neosho sets up a big one next week as the Eagles visit the Tigers in the annual "Back Yard Brawl". Not a lot of close games in the conference. Webb City won its 87th straight regular season game, 45-0 at Willard. Carthage kept Republic down, 41-20.
BIG 8 - Cassville continues to flirt with disaster, but continues to get it done. The Wildcats went to a jam packed Burl Fowler Stadium and took down Monett 30-20. Lamar scratched Carl Junction 47-13. Seneca lit up Mt Vernon 48-20.
The "Magnificent 9" can hold their heads high for at least another week: Webb City, Ozark, Parkview, Mtn Grove, Sarcoxie, Skyline, Strafford, Miller and Cassville.