We had reporters at three different games across southwest Missouri on Friday evening.
We couldn’t be everywhere, but there were a few games across the region that stood out when we checked our phones after covering our games.
Here are a few takeaways from what went down across the area:
WEEK 5 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COVERAGE
Logan-Rogersville shocks Mount Vernon
We were told just two weeks ago that Mark Talbert was turning things around in Rogersville, and that was not a lie.
The Wildcats (3-2) announced their presence with a shocking 29-23 victory at Mount Vernon (4-1) on Friday night.
Logan-Rogersville scored 22 points in the final 8:08 of the game to come away with perhaps the biggest upset of the high school football season thus far.
J.J. O’Neal started the comeback with a 96-yard kick return for a touchdown with 8:08 left in the game. A two-point conversion put the Wildcats back eight points.
The Wildcats followed by blocking a punt before Zach Bergmann broke away for an 18-yard score with 4:28 left. The two-point conversion tied the game.
Mount Vernon fumbled with 2:06 left in the game at the Logan-Rogersville 41-yard line. With 18.8 seconds left, Bergmann ran in a four-yard touchdown to help seal the victory.
The win comes in response to a 43-6 loss to Cassville (3-2) — whom Mount Vernon beat Week 1 — just last week. Logan-Rogersville has Springfield Catholic (0-3) up next on its schedule, although the Irish have struggled to be on the field due to COVID-19.
Mount Vernon will look to bounce back with a home matchup against Lamar (4-1) who is coming off a 40-20 victory at Cassville.
Nixa vs. Carthage in Week 9 for the conference?
Not to get ahead of ourselves (mainly because Nixa vs. Ozark next week should be a lot of fun) but the Nixa and Carthage game to close out the regular season looks like it will be a big deal.
Both teams remain undefeated after big victories on Friday night.
Nixa (5-0) took care of business with its 51-0 beatdown of Neosho (0-5). The win should set up a great Backyard Brawl against Ozark (4-1) after the Tigers came away with a 35-28 win over Republic. Before Nixa plays Carthage, it does have a date at Webb City coming on Oct. 9.
Carthage (4-0) returned after a week off due to a COVID-19 cancellation. The Tigers won 33-10 against Branson (2-3).
Both Nixa and Carthage are the two unbeaten in the Central Ozark Conference. We have this circled as the potential game of the year because of how well these two teams are playing.
Clever nearly grabbed its first win
The feel-good story of the week was too good to be true.
Clever, who has had its struggles with COVID-19 cancellations and is in the first year of playing varsity football, nearly came away with its first victory.
The Bluejays led 24-7 at halftime and even had a 10-point lead with 8:41 left in the game.
But Pierce City (4-1) found the end zone twice in the final 7:45 of the game — scoring the winning touchdown with 22.6 seconds left in the game to come away with the victory.
A win like this is a good sign for things to come from a new Clever (0-3) program that has faced a lot of adversity in the opening weeks. Going from scoring just seven points in its first two games to scoring 31 against a team that finished 10-1 a year ago is a step in the right direction.
Pierce City has a tough task ahead of it next week when it travels to Marionville (5-0).
Lebanon vs. West Plains next week should be a lot of fun
West Plains (5-0) took control of the Ozark Conference with its 28-0 win over Kickapoo (3-2, 3-1) win on Friday night, but it won’t be easy.
The Zizzers host Lebanon (3-2) after the Yellowjackets came away with a 57-20 blowout over Glendale (2-3) on Friday when the Falcons had been playing good football as of late.
Since falling to Bolivar (4-1) and scoring only seven points, the Yellowjackets have put together back-to-back games scoring 55 or more points.
Both teams are well-coached and are consistently near the top of the conference. This is going to be one of the top games in southwest Missouri next week in a week loaded with good games.
Week 5 area results
- West Plains 28, Kickapoo 0
- Lebanon 57, Lebanon 20
- Waynesville 31, Hillcrest 27
- Sarcoxie 55, Central 20
- Nixa 51, Neosho 0
- Ozark 35, Republic 28
- Willard 32, Joplin 20
- North Callaway 22, Strafford 14
- Fair Grove 58, Stockton 32
- Logan-Rogersville 29, Mount Vernon 23
- Marshfield 41, East Newton 7
- Pierce City 34, Clever 31
- Poplar Bluff @ Rolla — CANCELED
- Aurora 36, Buffalo 35
- Bolivar 38, Camdenton 26
- Ava 22, Salem 14
- Cabool 26, Mountain Grove 12
- Carthage 33, Branson 10
- Nevada 20, Monett 7
- Webb City 28, Carl Junction 14
- Ash Grove 42, Miller 0
- Summit Christian Academy 43, El Dorado Springs 6
- Reeds Spring 24, Hollister 18
- Mountain View-Liberty 20, Willow Springs 13
- Lamar 40, Cassville 20
- Skyline 46, Forsyth 6
- McDonald County 39, Frontenac (Kan.) 13
Wyatt D. Wheeler is a reporter and columnist with the Springfield News-Leader. You can contact him at 417-371-6987, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or join the conversation on Twitter where his handle is @WyattWheeler_NL. He also serves as the co-host of Sports Talk with Art Hains on Jock Radio weekdays from 4-6 p.m.