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 7 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COVERAGE
Nixa shut out by Webb City
In a showdown between what appeared to be two of the region’s elite, Webb City showed why it’s still the dominant program.
Webb City (6-1, 5-1) earned a 28-0 win over Nixa (6-1) in one of the area’s most-anticipated games of the season.
The Cardinals were led by Kansas State commit Devrin Weathers — who finished the game with 132 yards. The Eagles were held to just 163 yards while turning the ball over twice through the air in John Perry’s first loss as the Nixa head coach.
“Football, as with life does not always go the way you want!” Perry tweeted after the game. “Gotta regroup and keep chopping! We will go to work and try again! Win or learn!”
Nixa will get another shot at the area’s elite come the final week of the regular season when it travels to reigning Class 5 state champ Carthage (6-0) for what could be the Eagles’ shot at claiming a share of the Central Ozark Conference title.
Glendale rallies to top rival Kickapoo
After a 3-0 start, the Kickapoo football team appeared to finally be climbing its way back to the top of the Ozark Conference.
The Chiefs then tripped up in a rare matchup with Webb City, followed by a 28-0 loss to West Plains before having to take a week off due to Rolla canceling their matchup due to COVID-19.
When Kickapoo had a 17-0 lead over Glendale, the Chiefs appeared to be back in business. But the Falcons rallied.
Glendale (4-3) scored the game’s final 20 points in a 20-17 victory over arch-nemesis Kickapoo (3-3, 3-2) on Friday night. With wins over Hillcrest and Parkview already, the Falcons claim the Springfield-city championship.
Kickapoo went up 17-0 with 10 minutes left in the third quarter. Glendale scored its first points four minutes later and took the lead with 9:30 left in the fourth.
An attempted game-tying 53-yard field goal with 1:28 left was no good and the Falcons pulled off the comeback.
Glendale has now won four of its last five and will travel to Camdenton (3-4) next week. Kickapoo will look to bounce back at Bolivar (5-2).
Clever earns program’s first varsity win
The Clever football program showed steady improvement in previous weeks and it pulled off a historic night on Friday.
The Bluejays were victorious for the first time in program history with a 35-32 win over Stockton (0-7) on Friday night.
Clever had shown its improvement in its 34-31 loss to Pierce City (5-2) just two weeks prior. Skyline (6-1) beat the Bluejays 65-14 last week but the Tigers are putting up those numbers against pretty much everybody.
The Clever win is the culmination of years of building through junior varsity seasons and trying to get a program off the ground. With the program’s first win on Friday, the Bluejays appear to have a bright future ahead of them.
Week 7 area scores
- Glendale 20, Kickapoo 17
- Bolivar 41, Hillcrest 0
- West Plains 70, Parkview 6
- Catholic 6, Mount Vernon 0
- Central @ Missouri Military Academy – Saturday
- Webb City 28, Nixa 0
- Ozark 31, Neosho 7
- Branson 48, Willard 14
- Carl Junction 28, Republic 21
- Buffalo 44, Fair Grove 30
- Forsyth 48, Strafford 34
- Logan-Rogersville 23, Hollister 20
- Clever 35, Stockton 32
- Marionville 48, Sarcoxie 12
- Aurora 40, Marshfield 13
- Kearney 40, Reeds Spring 14
- Lebanon 52, Camdenton 38
- Rolla 34, Waynesville 20
- Carthage 41, Joplin 20
- Lockwood 49, Miller 0
- Pierce City 50, Agape 25
- Cassville 42, Seneca 21
- Mountain View-Liberty 14, Cabool 6
- Salem 21, Mountain Grove 14
- Nevada 52, East Newton 7
- Diamond 49, Pleasant Hope 12
- Skyline 40, Lighthouse 27
- Thayer 43, Ava 6
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 Twitter at @WyattWheeler_NL. He’s also the co-host of Sports Talk on Jock Radio weekdays from 4-6 p.m.