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There is only one week remaining in the regular season and conference championships are being won and district seedings are figuring themselves out.

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 8 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COVERAGE

Bolivar runs away from Kickapoo

For the second week in a row, Kickapoo got out to a lead but couldn’t maintain its pace. 

Kickapoo (3-4) allowed 34 unanswered points in a 34-14 loss to Bolivar (6-2) just a week after leading 17-0 against Glendale before falling 20-17.

The Chiefs have now lost four straight since starting the season 3-0. 

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Kickapoo jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter before the Liberators tied the game before halftime. Bolivar took its first lead a few minutes into the second half before running away with it. 

The Liberators won’t have a shot at the Ozark Conference title after West Plains (8-0) clinched it with a win on Friday night. They will still get a shot at the Zizzers in West Plains next week. 

Camdenton tops recently hot Glendale

The groove Glendale was finding defensively in recent weeks calmed down up in Camdenton. 

The Lakers (4-4) came away with a 48-32 win over the Falcons (4-4). It’s the first time Glendale had allowed more than 21 points in the last two weeks. 

Camdenton’s duo of Cooper Ezard and Jadin Faulconer led the way for the Lakers. Faulconer finished the first half with 134 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground while Ezard caught 10 passes for 82 yards and a score. That helped the Lakers jump out to a 27-24 lead. 

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It was pretty much all Camdenton from there as it scored quickly in the second half, but the Falcons pulled back within reach right after to make it 34-32 with 7:53 left in the third. 

Twenty seconds later, Eli Griffin was on the receiving end of a 58-yard touchdown reception. On Glendale’s following drive, the Falcons fumbled at the goal line and the Lakers recovered. 

Griffin was back in the end zone a few minutes into the fourth quarter while the Lakers put the game out of the Falcons’ reach. 

Glendale will close its regular season at Waynesville (2-5) next week, while Camdenton travels to Rolla (3-3).

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Catholic’s defense continues to be strong

One can only wonder how good Springfield Catholic could have been this season if it was able to play its full schedule. 

Catholic (2-3) is now on a winning streak after three weeks of canceled games due to COVID-19. The Fightin’ Irish’s 21-6 win over Monett (2-5) has them looking like a strong team five games into their shortened schedule. 

This defensive performance comes just a week after a 6-0 shutout win over Mount Vernon (4-4). 

Catholic put more points on the board in this game as it got into the end zone four seconds into the second quarter. Six minutes later, the Irish went up 14-0 thanks to a touchdown pass. 

The Irish led 21-0 until they allowed a score just under three minutes into the fourth quarter. Catholic shut out the Cubs from there en route to a second-straight victory. 

Catholic has allowed six points in its last two games since its hiatus after it allowed an average of 46.7 points in its first three games. 

The Fightin’ Irish will keep fightin’ when they travel to Hollister (3-5) next week. Monett will close its regular season at home against Seneca (2-5).

Week 8 Springfield area results

  • Bolivar 34, Kickapoo 14
  • Camdenton 48, Glendale 32
  • Hillcrest 48, Parkview 13
  • Buffalo 55, Central 13
  • Catholic 21, Monett 6
  • Nixa 49, Carl Junction 0
  • Webb City 48, Ozark 13
  • Carthage 63, Republic 29
  • Willard 27, Neosho 20 F/OT
  • Fair Grove 69, Clever 19
  • Strafford 51, Stockton 8
  • Logan-Rogersville 28, Marshfield 14
  • Marionville 38, Ash Grove 28
  • Lebanon 48, Rolla 41
  • West Plains 56, Waynesville 20
  • Aurora 22, Reeds Spring 20
  • Joplin 45, Branson 24
  • Hollister 20, Mount Vernon 13
  • Lamar 37, Seneca 6
  • Cassville 42, East Newton 0
  • Pierce City 41, Miller 0
  • Mountain View-Liberty 32, Salem 28
  • Forsyth 56, Pleasant Hope 0
  • El Dorado Springs @ Butler – SATURDAY
  • Mountain Grove 27, Houston 0
  • Nevada 14, McDonald County 13
  • Sarcoxie 42, Diamond 14
  • Lockwood 56, Greenfield 0
  • Cabool 34, Ava 18
  • Skyline 52, Warsaw 8
  • Thayer 34, St. Pius X (Festus) 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 wwheeler@news-leader.com or Twitter at @WyattWheeler_NL. He’s also the co-host of Sports Talk on Jock Radio weekdays from 4-6 p.m.