SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Each week the Ozarks Sports Zone team will rank the top teams in the Ozarks. Rankings are based on dominance by class.
WEEK 1 FOOTBALL ROUNDUP
PICTURES: BEST OF WEEK 1 FOOTBALL
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- Webb City (1) – Admittedly, the Cardinals weren’t their usual dominant selves in Friday’s 52-29 win over Carl Junction (most points given up since 2011), but the Cardinals did “get it done” while extending their regular season winning streak to 91 games. Kiante Hardin caught a pair of touchdown passes, helping the offense to nearly 500 total yards. Up next, the 46 game win streak faces a major test at Springdale Har-Ber (AR).
- Lamar (2)– Yep, it wasn’t enough for the Tigers to win. They went off and beat Mac County 75-0! The dominant rushing attack got the 2-time defending state champs out to a 55-0 halftime lead, cruising to the victory. We should get a much better barometer of how good the Tigers are next week at Seneca and the following week hosting Cassville.
- MV-BT/Liberty (3) – If I told you the Eagles won their opener 60-28 you would be impressed. If I told you it was against the number 3 team in the state you would be amazed. Jaelon Acklin kick started his senior season with a career game; 290 yards passing and 5 touchdowns, 108 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns, and a 95-yard punt return for a touchdown. This week the Eagles host class 3 Catholic.
- Strafford (4) –Junior Dallas Hester got the Indians’ season off to a fast start Friday returning the opening kickoff to the house as 8th ranked Strafford opened with a 51-22 win at Hollister. This week’s star was Brady Collier and his five touchdowns. Who will be next week’s main man as the Tribe host Cabool?
- Nixa (5) – The Eagles were hitting on all cylinders in Friday’s 41-0 blanking of Smith-Cotton. New QB Jacob Karlson had a stellar debut, accounting for five of Nixa’s six touchdowns. The defense may have been even more dominant. This week marks the home opener against Belton (1-9 last season).
- Mtn. Grove (7) – The 5th ranked Panthers started 2013 much the way they did 2012 with a win over Rogersville. The big difference was the defense. After giving up 21 points to the Wildcats last season, the Panthers defense shut out L-R Friday night 38-0. The first team defense didn’t allow a single first down. This week, Grove opens the home slate with a meeting by COC Small Hollister.
- Bolivar (8) – The Liberators dispatched Neosho 51-14 on Friday night and will now turn their attention to another COC Large foe; Branson, who upset the Liberators in Taney County last season. Arkansas commit Rafe Peavey led the Libs on a 99-yard opening possession drive, capping it off with a 1-yard plunge. Drew Legan found paydirt three times to lead the Bolivar attack.
- Camdenton (10) – The Lakers have started slow the past few seasons, but after committing to a faster start in 2013 they took down two-time defending Ozark Conference champ Hillcrest 17-14 Friday night. Senior Kullen Carolock not only scored the game’s first touchdown, but also capped it off with a game saving interception. Next up, a home matchup with West Plains, who snapped its 31-game conference losing streak Friday night with a 14-13 win over Waynesville.
- Cassville (6) – We have certainly come to expect winning from the Wildcats, so when they fell 35-28 at Branson Friday night it came with a spoonful of shock. Making his Cassville head coaching debut, Lance Parnell’s club fell behind early and could never overcome it, including a pair of late turnovers that ultimately decided the outcome. This week should be interesting as the Wildcats host McDonald County, the same team Big 8 rival Lamar blasted 75-0 last week.
- Reeds Spring (NR) – It wasn’t pretty, but the Wolves pulled out a 33-13 win at injury depleted Willow Springs Friday night. After a quick start the offense struggled. The 7th ranked Wolves host Green Forest, AR, in the KSPR Game of the Week Friday night.
Knocking on the Door: Lebanon, Kickapoo, Ash Grove, Skyline, Hillcrest, Thayer