The opening week of district play saw a few upsets in the area — but it also featured a number of blowouts.
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 as we look ahead to next week:
2020 DISTRICT QUARTERFINALS COVERAGE
Kickapoo’s season comes to end
Kickapoo’s football season didn’t end quite as well as it began.
Kickapoo (4-5) saw its season come to an end in a 41-0 loss at Lee’s Summit West (7-3). The Chiefs are still looking for their first winning season since 2016.
This loss marked the Chiefs’ fifth out of the final six games of the season. They started the season 3-0 with what seemed to be impressive wins over Camdenton, Lebanon and Waynesville.
Lee’s Summit West took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and doubled their lead in the second. The Titans were in cruise control for the remainder of the evening.
Despite the end to the season, the Chiefs still appeared to be thankful for getting a nearly-full season in when there was so much uncertainty surrounding the season.
“Proud of my guys,” Kickapoo football’s official Twitter account tweeted. “Somehow we finished a 9 game season and didn’t get shut down once. Thank you to all those in our program that helped make this season happen. Blessed to get to Coach this group. Gonna miss these Seniors like crazy.”
Is Catholic legit? We’ll know next week
Since returning from a three-week COVID-19 shutdown, Springfield Catholic (3-3) has yet to lose a game. However, none of those wins came against a winning program.
The Irish are going to have a chance to show they’re for real when they host Mountain View-Liberty in the district semifinals.
The Eagles (8-2) have been on a tear since starting the season 1-2 — with those losses coming to Fair Grove (7-3) and Thayer (8-1). Since then, they haven’t lost a game and have outscored their last two opponents 90-6.
It’s been a strange season for Catholic and it’s been hard to get a grasp on who the Irish are as a team. If they can beat Mountain View-Liberty next week, questions will go away.
A quick look at some of next week’s games
Pierce City (8-2) @ Marionville (10-0)
The Comets got a week off after earning a forfeit win over Greenfield (0-5) to begin district play. They will go up against Pierce City — whom the Comets beat 44-20 on Oct. 2. Pierce City defeated Ash Grove (3-6) on Friday night 28-9.
Fair Grove (7-3) @ Forsyth (7-3)
Forsyth has had a surprise surge this late in the season and is now the winners of five straight games. The Panthers won their first-ever district playoff win in program history thanks to Buck Sanders rushing for over 200 yards.
The Panthers will have to get a bit of revenge when they host Fair Grove for the second time this season. The Eagles beat the Panthers 36-20 on Sept. 18. Fair Grove is the winners of three straight after knocking out Strafford (3-7) on Friday.
Lee’s Summit West (7-3) @ Nixa (8-2)
The Titans just pulled off a blowout win over Kickapoo and they will have another shot at a southwest Missouri team next week.
Lee’s Summit West will travel to Nixa for a Class 6 district semifinal. The Eagles were off Friday night after Lee’s Summit North was forced to forfeit because of COVID-19.
Nixa has had a great season but after losing to Carthage (8-0) and Webb City (8-1), the Eagles’ best wins have come against Ozark (6-4) and Joplin (5-4). This upcoming game will have to be the Eagles’ best win yet.
Seneca (3-6) @ Mount Vernon (4-5)
The Indians pulled off one of the area’s biggest upsets when they beat Aurora (6-4) on Friday night. They might be in a position to come away with another surprising win.
Mount Vernon started the season 4-0 and hasn’t been the same since star receiver Rafe Darter went down with an ACL tear. The Mountaineers have lost five straight games including ones to Hollister (3-6) and Marshfield (4-6).
Class 1, District 1
- No. 1 Thayer 46, No. 8 Crystal City 6
- No. 5 Caruthersville 13, No. 4 Portageville 0
- No. 2 St. Vincent 47, No. 7 Chaffe 6
- No. 3 Hayti 82, No. 3 Malden 0
Class 1, District 3
- No. 1 Skyline vs. BYE
- No. 5 Cole Camp 27, No. 4 Lincoln 21
- No. 2 Windsor 68, No. 7 Pleasant Hope 6
- No. 3 Tipton 56, No. 6 Russellville 18
Class 1, District 4
- No. 1 Marionville vs. BYE
- No. 4 Pierce City 28, No. 5 Ash Grove 9
- No. 2 Lockwood 42, No. 7 Miller 6
- No. 3 Cabool 49, No. 6 Diamond 0
Class 2, District 3
- No. 1 Springfield Catholic vs. BYE
- No. 4 Mountain View-Liberty 50, No. 5 Houston 6
- No. 2 Forsyth 44, No. 7 Willow Springs 21
- No. 3 Fair Grove 28, No. 6 Strafford 12
Class 2, District 4
- No. 1 Lamar vs. BYE
- No. 4 El Dorado Springs 52, No. 5 Clever 29
- No. 2 Sarcoxie vs. BYE
- No. 6 Stockton 40, No. 3 East Newton 35
Class 3, District 5
- No. 1 Buffalo vs. BYE
- No. 4 Osage 49, No. 5 Eldon 16
- No. 2 Ava vs. BYE
- No. 3 Mountain Grove 67, No. 6 Clinton 8
Class 3, District 6
- No. 1 Cassville vs. BYE
- No. 4 Reeds Spring vs. BYE
- No. 2 Mount Vernon vs. BYE
- No. 6 Seneca 35, No. 3 Aurora 30
Class 4, District 5
- No. 1 West Plains vs. BYE
- No. 4 McDonald County 37, No. 5 Marshfield 13
- No. 2 Carl Junction 45, No. 7 Monett 9
- No. 6 Hillcrest 42, No. 3 Logan-Rogersville 28
Class 4, District 6
- No. 1 Helias Catholic vs. BYE
- No. 4 Nevada 56, No. 5 Harrisonville 41
- No. 2 Bolivar vs. BYE
- No. 3 Warrensburg 58, No. 6 Marshall 14
Class 5, District 5
- No. 1 Lebanon vs. BYE
- No. 4 Willard 51, No. 5 Central 6
- No. 2 Glendale vs. No. 3 Waynesville (Nov. 6)
Class 5, District 6
- No. 1 Carthage vs. BYE
- No. 5 Branson 34, No. 4 Republic 13
- No. 2 Webb City vs. BYE
- No. 3 Ozark 40, No. 6 Neosho 7
Class 6, District 3
- No. 1 Raymore-Peculiar 41, No. 8 Lee’s Summit 10
- No. 5 Joplin vs. BYE
- No. 2 Nixa vs. BYE
- No. 3 Lee’s Summit West 41, No. 6 Kickapoo 0
Wyatt D. Wheeler is a reporter and columnist with the Springfield News-Leader. You can contact him at 417-371-6987, by email at email@example.com or Twitter at @WyattWheeler_NL. He’s also the co-host of Sports Talk on Jock Radio weekdays from 4-6 p.m.