Posted: Thursday, 01 November 2012 1:20AM

District Semifinal Football Roundup

The field of high school football contenders was once again chopped in half around the state of Missouri.  Again, most of the top teams advanced, but a hand full of top seeds saw their season come to an end.


District 1 -
Well, we won't be talking about this district again.  The Ozarks' lone remaining squad Thayer fell 44-15 to perennial class 1 power Valle Catholic.  They will meet Portageville in the district championship.

District 2 - Miller carried its perfect season into the district championship with a comfortable 35-6 win over Marionville.  Lockwood will get another shot at the Cardinals Monday night after knocking off upset minded McAuley Catholic 39-21.

District 3 - Skyline continues its season with a 48-21 home win over Adrian.  The Tigers will now host Midway, who outdueled Drexel 38-20.

District 3 - This is without question the most loaded district in Southwest Missouri.  4th ranked Mountain Grove struggled early against SCA rival Willow Springs.  The teams entered the 4th quarter scoreless before Bobby Otwell broke open the scoring.  The Panthers went on to win 21-0 in a game that was much closer than the score would indicate.  On the other side, 2-loss MV-BT/Liberty flat out outscored high powered Strafford 50-36, ending the Indians' perfect campaign.  Grove will now host the Eagles in a rematch of a game the Panthers won 27-20 earlier this season.

District 4 - Defending state champ Lamar is one of the hottest teams in the state, blasting Ash Grove 69-28 for their 8th straight win.  The Tigers will host Butler, who edged Sarcoxie 33-30, Monday.

District 3 -
Springfield Catholic's impressive run came to an end Wednesday night, 40-7 at the hands of Eldon.  Meanwhile, defending state champ Rogersville's longshot repeat quest ended in a 54-33 shootout at Osage.
District 4 - Cassville rolls on to 11-0 with a 48-13 thumping of Big 8 foe Seneca led by sophomore QB Gabe Kirk's 4 total TDs (3 rushing, 1 passing).  The Wildcats go for their 5th straight quarterfinal Monday against the last Big 8 team to actually beat them, Monett.  The Cubs went on the road and surprisingly easily handled Reeds Spring 35-6.

District 4 - Webb City marches on with a 49-7 win over Republic.  Credit the Tigers for getting on the board early against Roderique's all-star cast.  And so the Cardinals will face Hillcrest once again.  The Hornets shook off the possible upset against Carthage with a rather workman like 49-20 win over Carthage led by 3 scores apiece from Jonah Hill and Juwan Johnson.  Anything could happen Monday, but you could certainly dub it David vs. Goliath.  Afterall, Webb blasted the North Siders 49-0 last year featuring the nations top offensive weapon.

District 7 - Bolivar doesn't have to worry about Webb City for a long time.  And the Liberators are getting the job done right now.  BHS held off Raytown South 29-14 Wednesday night.  While that was going on Harrisonville was busy upsetting top seed Nevada 35-25.  Harrisonville handed Bolivar its last loss week 3, 26-0, but remember they were missing QB Rafe Peavey and running back Kolby Follis.

District 4 - We've got another great rematch here.  Lebanon took care of Rolla 42-15.  Senior running back Brock West broke Matt Wehner's 21-year old season rushing record in the win.  West's 138 rushing yards put him over the 1,900 mark for the season.  Camdenton hammered Washington 35-7.  So the Highway 7 rivalry is renewed Monday night in Laclede County.  The Yellow Jackets took the season's earlier matchup 46-21.

District 5 - Speaking of rematches.  The Backyard Brawl makes a second appearance this fall as Ozark and Nixa will meet on the east side of Christian County Monday night.  The Tigers took the first meeting 41-21.  Ozark dominated Branson 42-7.  Nixa edged its old coach Joel Wells and the Kickapoo Chiefs 37-21 sparked by a big early run from sophomore tailback Alec Murphy.
District 6 - Top ranked Lee's Summit West ended Central's season.  The Bulldogs now say farewell to a group of seniors that has rejuvinated the a traditionally struggling program.  The Tritons will host again next week as Parkview looks to shock the world.  The Vikings put on a show in Wednesday's 49-28 win over Willard.  It was Parkview's first ever playoff win; a night the program will look back on with great fondness.

Monday night football in the Show-Me State returns next week.  Hey, go enjoy some football before election day!

Photo Galleries

Pictures: Mountain Grove 6, Houston 5

Mountain Grove pulled out with the win over Houston in nine innings.

Pictures: Zizzer Relays

Track athletes traveled to West Plains for the Zizzer Relays.

Pictures: Lebanon 1, Camdenton 0

Lebanon edged Camdenton for an Ozark Conference victory.
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