Hot takes from the Ozarks high school football district semifinals Wyatt D.
Area teams set up what should be an epic district championship round of the Missouri state playoffs while others' hard-fought seasons came to an end. Here are some takeaways from what happened Friday night: Bolivar is for real and will be a threat in the Ozark Conference Perhaps the most intriguing game of the weekend was played in West Plains when future conference-foes tried to keep their seasons alive.
Bolivar entered the night undefeated but played an independent schedule but the Liberators showed it wasn't a fluke. Bolivar is set to join the Ozark Conference next season while replacing Central High. The Liberators and Zizzers are sure to have more fun matchups in the future.
The two were tied at seven early on but Bolivar quickly took over with a long run and a pick-six in the first quarter to go up 14 — where the score would stay at halftime.
Bolivar kept West Plains out of the endzone until late in the fourth quarter with the game already pretty much over.
The Liberators will look to keep their perfect season alive when they travel to Webb City next week. The Cardinals are coming off a win over Willard. Down goes Mount Vernon The biggest area upset of the night came in Mount Vernon where the Mountaineers saw their perfect season come to an end.
Mount Vernon fell in a thriller against Seneca — a team the Mountaineers beat earlier in the season.
Mountaineers quarterback Zach Jones punched in a rushing touchdown with remaining to cut Seneca's lead to but they couldn't get the two-point conversion to tie it.
The Mountaineers were able to get the ball back with remaining but an interception on a game-winning drive attempt sealed Mount Vernon's fate.
Seneca moves on to play at Cassville next week in a district championship. The two met in the regular season at Seneca with the Indians coming out on top Fair Grove overcame an early deficit to defeat Versailles It was the first game the Eagles have allowed more than 14 points all season.
Versailles took its lead with remaining in the second quarter. The Eagles came back to tie the game at 21 with remaining in the third. The Eagles took their first lead with a touchdown with seven minutes remaining in the third and extended it just over a minute later with another touchdown.
The Tigers cut the Eagles' lead to six with a touchdown with to go but Fair Grove scored the game's final 22 points.
Fair Grove will have its most difficult test yet when it hosts state-powerhouse Lamar next week. The Tigers beat Warsaw on Friday and have now won six-straight. Central will become an independent next season. Friday marked the seventh time the Bulldogs were shutout this season and they have now lost consecutive games.
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The Falcons now have a rematch with Waynesville — who beat Glendale on Oct. Both Springfield Catholic and Hillcrest were eliminated from the postseason last week. Other notes Logan-Rogersville's season came to an end with a loss to Buffalo.
The Wildcats had the game within seven until Buffalo ran away with it after scoring a touchdown with 37 seconds remaining in the first half. Nixa surprised in its stomping of Ozark in a Backyard Brawl rematch.
The Eagles fell to the Tigers during the fourth week of the regular season. The Eagles will travel to Carthage — who beat Nixa the opening week of the season. Joplin survived a slugfest with a win over Kirkwood. The Eagles trailed at halftime before an offensive explosion in the second half led by Zach Westmoreland and Isaiah Davis.
Joplin hosts Marquette next week. Camdenton and Lebanon will have a rematch next week. The Lakers beat Lebanon the sixth week of the regular season. Class 1.