The regular season of the 2020 high school football season is over.
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 9 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COVERAGE
Bolivar knocks off previously-unbeaten West Plains
In perhaps the shocker of the night, Bolivar (7-2) came back to beat previously-unbeaten West Plains (8-1) in a 42-21 on Friday night.
And it probably wasn’t that big of a shock to those following the Liberator program closely.
Bolivar scored the game’s final 21 points of the game to pull off the victory. It scored the go-ahead points with 6:23 left in the fourth quarter and continued to pile on.
Darrin Fugitt — one of the area’s most talented backs — finished the game with five touchdowns.
The Liberators in recent weeks they were capable of putting up dominating performances — with recent blowout wins against Kickapoo (4-4) and Hillcrest (1-8).
This is the type of momentum Bolivar needed heading into postseason play — where a team like Helias Catholic (9-0) could await it in the district championship.
Catholic might be one to watch
Before Catholic went on hiatus due to COVID-19, the Fightin’ Irish were 0-3.
Since returning from hiatus, the Fightin’ Irish are 3-0.
Springfield Catholic (3-3) kept its momentum with a 41-27 win at Hollister (3-6) on Friday evening.
Both teams went into halftime tied at 21 but the Fightin’ Irish scored 13-unanswered to start the third quarter and separate themselves from the Tigers.
This was a different type of win than Catholic had in its previous two matchups. The Irish allowed six points combined in wins against Mount Vernon (4-5) and Monett (3-5) while only scoring six in the win over the Mountaineers.
Catholic’s 41-point performance is its season-high and the Irish are proving to be a tough outing at the right time.
The Irish could make some noise in district play but teams like Fair Grove (6-3), Mountain View-Liberty (7-2) and Forsyth (6-3) are also all playing good ball heading into the postseason.
Logan-Rogersville wins fifth straight
The hottest team heading into the postseason from the immediate Springfield area? That just might have to be Logan-Rogersville.
The Wildcats (7-2) capped off a 7-2 regular season with a dominating 42-7 win over Reeds Spring (2-6). This Rogersville program is one that had won just three games the last two seasons — including an 0-10 season in 2018.
Logan-Rogersville’s 42 points were the most it scored in a single game all season. The win was the Wildcats’ fifth straight while averaging 30 points per game while allowing 17 since a 43-6 loss to Cassville (7-2) on Sept. 18.
J.J. O’Neal appeared to have a big night for the Wildcats. He scored on runs of 17 and 92 while throwing touchdown passes of 50 and 58 throughout the night.
The win gave the Wildcats the Big 8 East title and their first conference championship since 2003 — something they didn’t even do with Dylan Cole during the 2011 state championship season.
Rogersville will play in a tough district that features West Plains, Carl Junction (4-5), McDonald County (4-4) and Marshfield (4-5).
Week 9 results
- Kickapoo 39, Hillcrest 20
- Glendale 47, Waynesville 32
- Lebanon @ Parkview – CANCELED
- Catholic 41, Hollister 27
- Forsyth 52, Central 8
- Carthage 35, Nixa 12
- Carl Junction 33, Ozark 28
- Logan-Rogersville 42, Reeds Spring 7
- Republic 34, Branson 28
- Webb City 55, Willard 0
- Fair Grove 51, El Dorado Springs 25
- Skyline 50, Strafford 14
- Clever 35, Agape 6
- Buffalo 42, Warsaw 38
- Nevada 39, Aurora 20
- Marshfield 33, Mount Vernon 22
- Monett 27, Seneca 6
- Marionville 60, Miller 0
- Lamar 53, East Newton 14
- Cassville 44, McDonald County 21
- Rolla 28, Camdenton 10
- Bolivar 42, West Plains 21
- Joplin 48, Neosho 0
- Mountain View-Liberty 40, Houston 0
- Ava 38, Willow Springs 6
- Salem 19, Cabool 18
- Sarcoxie 34, Ash Grove 14
- Pierce City 53, Pleasant Hope 0
- Lockwood 49, Diamond 14
- Thayer 43, Mountain Grove 14
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.