Game of the Night
Sigh of relief for Webb City as the Cardinals narrowly escape Nixa with a 27-24 overtime win. Tyson Roderique connected with Kiante Hardin on the Cardinals’ first play of the overtime. But the conversation this week will undoubtedly be on Nixa’s decision to go for the touchdown on 4th and goal at the 1-yard line in the final minute of regulation rather than kicking a field goal. #CantCryOverSpilledMilk though.
Five and a donut club
Bolivar remains perfect as the Liberators out-sprinted Marshfield 59-24 in a game that featured two of the state’s top quarterbacks. Bolivar’s Rafe Peavey went 9 for 18 passing with 195 yards and two touchdowns; 18 carries for 260 rushing yards and three more touchdowns, and did it in front of a UCLA coach in attendance. Marshfield’s Blayne Armstrong countered with 25 for 41 passing with 277 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
MV-BT/Liberty didn’t just want a homecoming win, they wanted a homecoming domination! And they got it. The “Screamin’” Eagles rocked visiting Willow Springs 70-0. Jaelon Acklin threw for three touchdowns and rushed for two more while leading Liberty to the school record point total. Next up, SCA game of the year at fellow unbeaten Mountain Grove Friday.
Kickapoo looked really good Thursday night as they downed rival Glendale 47-17 on homecoming. The Chiefs got first quarter touchdowns from Anthony Cooper, two from Tony Grant, and John Fuchs as the starters were pulled mid-2nd quarter. The Poo also took the soccer showdown 2-nil, but it was Glendale winning our “Springfield’s best fans” poll.
He did what?! Logan Allred rushed for 352 yards on 25 carries, finding pay dirt five times in Ash Grove’s 54-14 win over McAuley Catholic. I know our area is loaded with awesome class two teams (4 ranked in the top 5 in the state), but it’s time the Pirates crack the top 10.
Strafford is comfortably a top 5 team in the state. The high powered Indians offense routed Pleasant Hope 48-6, with highlight reel plays from Dalton Taylor and Jacob Eden.
To complete the Mid-Lakes undefeated trifecta we turn to Skyline. The Tigers took care of Kansas City based Summit Christian 51-8.
Reeds Spring shook off a slow start to beat visiting Rogersville 34-14. The Wolves improve to 5-0 for the first time since the mid 1980’s and will be looking to extend that streak next week hosting Catholic.
Monett, you are a gentleman and a scholar. Tip of the cap to Cubs head coach Chad Depee for allowing us to mic him up pre-game. Apparently there was no O-Zone curse as “Purple Haze” held off rival Aurora 26-21 led by do-everything QB Zack Hammond.
Lamar 74, Butler 7. That is all. Honestly, that one is just not fair and my guess is the Tigers were ready to get that game over with and return focus to the difficult Big 8.
Jasper prevailed over Sarcoxie 22-14 in overtime of the only undefeated showdown of the night. The Eagles take sole possession of the Spring River, and with Miller a little down this year, they’ll likely run the regular season table.
Don’t Count ‘em Out
The Willard Tigers snapped a 21-year skid against Ozark and did it with an exclamation point; 55-24. Coach Roweton’s crew racked up an eye-popping 615 rushing yards led by junior Robert Richmond’s 271 and three touchdowns. Sophomore Hunter Yeargan chipped in a robust 182 rushing yards and two more scores. Z Barr tallied 97 yards and another two scores. Fullback Tanner Moore also found pay dirt with his 58 rushing yards. Injuries have depleted Ozark of late, but credit Willard for a big bounce back win.
Hillcrest is really good…and they’re getting better every week. The Hornets are no longer an air-it-out team and that suits Coach Beckham juuuuust fine. The dynamic duo of Matt Rush and Juwan Johnson lit it up in Lebanon as the Hornets remained in the Ozark Conference race with a 52-29 win over the Yellow Jackets. Johnson had a career night rushing with 255 yards and five touchdowns. Rush was close behind with 191 yards of his own.
Camdenton bounced back from last week’s loss with a comfortable 34-15 win at Parkview. The Vikings got three field goals (42, 40, 34) from junior kicking sensation Taylor Middlebrooks.
Following a season opening loss, Ava has been very competitive, including Friday’s 44-7 win over Salem. The Bears’ 2-3 record may not look like much, but consider that two of those three losses were to top 3 ranked MV-BT/Liberty and Mountain Grove and they weren’t embarrassing blowouts. The schedule lightens up a bit from here on out.
Lockwood is 3-2 after a 54-32 win over rival Miller, but don’t be surprised it the Tigers finish 7-2. The remaining four teams on their schedule are a combined 6-14 and most of those wins are against each other.
Picking up Steam
Led by stud running back Cameron Skornia the Catholic Fightin’ Irish have won two straight, scoring 42 points in each victory, including Friday’s 42-21 win at Hollister. Skornia tallied 194 yards rushing with three touchdowns. Hollister QB Cody Ballard had a notable 321 passing yards and three touchdowns in the first half alone.
You’ve got to feel good for West Plains, unless you’re Joplin. The Zizzers edged Joplin 34-31 in overtime for their third win of the season; more than the previous three seasons combined.
Isaiah Daniels is a great running back, but it’s been Branson’s other ball carrier stealing the headlines the past couple weeks. Senior Jordan Bailey toted the rock for 200 yards on 25 carries in the Pirates’ 28-12 win at Republic Friday night. BHS has a chance to remain in the upper half of the COC Large with a key home game against depleted Ozark next week.
Thayer bamboozled Houston 42-16 for its third win. Osceola quietly captured its fourth straight win, 42-8 over Rich Hill. Seneca won its third straight, 49-12 against Mac County. And Carl Junction punished Cassville 49-14 for its fourth in a row.
On the Board
Congrats to the Waynesville Tigers ,Central Bulldogs, Nevada Tigers and Mt Vernon Mountaineers for picking up their first wins of the season. Waynesville best Rolla 32-17, Central blasted Buffalo 46-8 on Thursday night, Nevada knocked off El Dorado Springs 31-6 and Mt Vernon ousted East Newton 32-13.
Carthage 48, Neosho 17
Pierce City 13, Diamond 10 Stockton 13, Fair Grove 6
Prime Prep (TX), Lighthouse Christian 13
Marion, Ark. 46, Mtn Home, Ark. 35
Vilonia, Ark. 32, Harrison, Ark. 29
Elkins, Ark. 10, Yellville-Summit, Ark. 7
Greenfield 15, Liberal 6
Lincoln 28, Berryville, Ark. 13
Hallsville 52, Warsaw 34
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