SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- We take a look at all the action from week 3 of high school football in the Ozarks.
FULL WEEK 3 SCOREBOARD
BEST OF WEEK 3 PHOTOS
Game of the Night
The Highway 5 Trophy will remain in Camdenton after the class 5 5th ranked Lakers’ 20-17 comeback win over 10th ranked Lebanon Friday night. Trailing 17-6 in the 3rd quarter, CHS running back Josh Martin scored one touchdown in the 3rd, Matt Endsley added the eventual game winner in the 4th and sealed it with an interception with 2:15 to go. Dylan Bradshaw scored both touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets. No rest for the Lakers as they welcome fellow OC unbeaten Kickapoo next week.
Rich Get Richer
Ozark and its high powered offense had little trouble with Republic Friday night, racing to a 49-27 win over the previously unbeaten Tigers. About the most tense moment of the night was halftime when senior basketball star Hannah Cook announced her verbal commitment to Alabama. Four different Tigers scored, including a three TD night for athlete Caleb Essick.
Mountain Grove improved to 3-0 with a hard fought 33-20 home win over Ava. Senior Bobby Otwell racked up 137 of the Panthers’ 245 rushing yards. They did it all despite head coach Rich Johnson missing the game after being ejected in the 4th quarter of last week’s win.
The confidence is building in Ash Grove. Doug Martin’s Pirates punished Diamond 43-0 Friday night. Senior Logan Allred edged closer to the all-time rushing record while piling up a single game school record rushing total of 256 yards.
Nixa improved to 3-0 with a 49-14 win at Branson Friday night. The offense was hitting on all cylinders led by junior running back Alec Murphy’s 216 yard, 2 touchdown performance. Branson spoiled the shutout with an impressive 80-yard touchdown by Isaiah Daniels to open the 3rd quarter.
Strafford got all they could handle from Marionville Friday night, but still managed a comfortable 36-22 win over the Comets. Some trickeration before the half on a Jacob Wade to Dalton Taylor to Dallas Hester 65-yard strike riled up the Homecoming crowd, who has become accustom to lopsided victories of late.
MV-BT/Liberty actually lowered its scoring average with Friday’s 53-14 win at Thayer. Jaelon Acklin remains the favorite to repeat his “1 Awards” honor with a ho-hum 144 passing yard, 158 rushing yard, 4 total touchdown night.
Sarcoxie maintained its Spring River Valley lead with a tight 27-20 win over Lockwood.
Skyline remained unbeaten with a 47-23 win at improving Stockton.
Let the Good Times Roll
The Kickapoo offense was rolling Friday night in a 36-6 win over visiting Waynesville. Senior QB Anthony Cooper accounted for 263 yards through the air and three touchdowns, part of the Chiefs’ 477 total yards. Big challenge for Coach Wells and the gang next week at fellow OC unbeaten Camdenton.
It was supposed to be a rebuilding year in Monett, but the Cubs aren’t complaining about their 3-0 start after Friday’s 42-0 blanking of McDonald County. QB Zack Hammond has emerged as one of the area’s emerging stars.
It seems like every week Willard not only wins; 36-15 over Neosho, but also finds another weapon. In addition to Z Barr (152 rushing yards Friday) and Hunter Yeargan, the Tiger’s also feature speedy ball carrier Robert Richmond. Great start, but the true challenge comes over the next three weeks against COC Large powers Nixa, Ozark and Webb City.
Marshfield’s Blayne Armstrong filled up the box score with another five touchdown performance, but it was Easton Flaugh and Reeds Spring getting the last laugh. Flaugh’s three passing touchdowns propelled the 6th ranked Wolves to a 39-36 win Friday night, avenging last season’s last second loss and snapping a 7-game skid against the Jays.
Salem has quietly joined MV-BT/Liberty and Mountain Grove as undefeated teams in the SCA. The new-look Tigers took care of Owensville 30-13 Friday night led by 216 yards and two touchdowns from Zayne Kyser. They will now dip back into conference action next week hosting battered and bruised Thayer.
Don’t Count Us Out
Yes, Hillcrest is behind the 8-ball in the Ozark Conference race, but the Hornets have been very impressive since a season opening loss at Camdenton. Matt Rush and Juwan Johnson rushed for 128 and 126 yards respectively in Friday’s 41-22 drubbing of visiting Joplin.
You can’t count out Carl Junction at this point. Doug Buckmaster and the Bulldogs are 2-1 after Friday’s 52-19 blasting of East Newton. Remember, that one L on the schedule came week 1 against Webb City; a game in which they posted an impressive 29 points.
Well duh, you certainly can’t count out Webb City, but the Cardinal’s did a nice job of re-affirming that to the fan base Friday night with a 42-7 win over rival Carthage. With all due respect to the rest of the COC Large, it’s pretty much smooth sailing to the playoffs where things don’t look so daunting after Bolivar beat Harrisonville who beat Helias; the same team Webb City blasted in last year’s Show-Me Bowl.
Willow Springs took care of Cabool 31-12 for its second straight win.
They Did What?
It’s not surprising that 2-time defending state champ Lamar beat Cassville, but the fact that they did it 48-0 is flat out shocking. The loss snapped Cassville’s 4+ year Big 8 streak, while Tiger’s head coach Scott Bailey finally got a W against the Wildcats in his 8th try. The high powered Lamar rushing attack amassed nearly 500 total yards led by three scores from senior Jared Beshore.
The Harrison Goblins’ senior class had never beaten rival Mountain Home until Friday night. And they didn’t just beat the Bombers, they blew them out 44-7. Despite being half their size Harrison controlled the ground game led by Michael Evert’s 116 yards. Harrison gets on the board after that painful 66-64 last second loss at Ozark last week.
After dropping 21 straight games the West Plains Zizzer’s have ripped off two of the last three, including a 21-14 Ozark Conference win over Glendale. The road gets a little bumpier over the next few weeks headlined by a trip to Hillcrest next week.
Fair Grove beat Pleasant Hope 9-6. Not bad for the Pirates when you consider they’ve lost the last three meetings by 29, 49 and 21. The Pirates may not win a lot of games this year, but they won’t be a walk-over like in year’s past.
Prove me wrong Bolivar. The class 4 4th ranked Liberators surprised a lot of people across the state Friday night by not only beating 2nd ranked Harrisonville, but by beating them 31-14. Senior QB Rafe Peavey racked up 225 yards through the air and three touchdowns to go with another 97 yards on the ground and a score. It figures to be smooth sailing for Lance and the Liberators until a potential rematch against Harrisonville in the playoffs.
We’re on the Board
Despite a visit from the flu bug Parkview head coach Anthony Hays led his Vikings to victory Friday night, 27-20 over Rolla. The balanced attack included key contributions from Anthony Gilliland, Connor Ratcliff, Anthony Riley, Dashawn Clancy and Maurice Downey.
Rogersville got in the win column with a 41-14 win over Springfield Catholic. McAuley found a 42-32 win against Miller. Seneca got 339 total yards from Braxton Graham in a 49-10 victory against Aurora. Hollister picked up its first win since 2010, 16-13 at Buffalo. Pierce City got on the board with a 42-14 dominating performance against Liberal.
Green Forest 45, Pea Ridge 21
Salem (Ark.) 42, Yellville-Summit 18
Jasper 26, Greenfield 12
Oak Grove 63, Nevada 14
Higginsville 57, El Dorado Springs 6
Osceola 36, Lexington 21
Huntsville 13, Berryville 7
Hillsboro 47, Central 0
Pleasant Hill 42, Mt Vernon 24
Cuba 32, Houston 24
Warsaw 40, Versailles 16