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(Springfield)- The Mountain View/Liberty Eagles were undefeated during last year’s 2013 regular season and for the first two games of this season they have placed the correct foot in front of the other both games; including Friday nights win against the Springfield Catholic Fighting Irish 70-7.
The voice of the Eagles Dave Quinn has your Mountain View/Liberty Friday Night Football Follow-Up:
Once again the Eagles defeated or otherwise killed the Springfield Catholic Fighting Irish in Friday’s game, leaving Springfield with a 70-7 victory and a 2014 season record of 2-0. Next week the Eagles will be going up against the Thayer Bobcats with a home field advantage. The Bobcats held a 7-5 record for their 2013 season, which included going 4-3 through the South Central Association for a third place finish.
(West Plains)- Friday Night played host to many first times for the West Plains Zizzers . For one it was their 2014 season Home Opener and for the first time since entering into the Ozark Conference The Zizzers beat the Camdenton Lakers 19-13.
The voice of the Zizzers Travis Smith has your West Plains Friday Night Football Follow-Up:
Once again the Zizzers made their first home game a great game when they took out the Camdenton Lakers 19-13. Their win Friday creates a 2-0 record for the Zizzers thus far in their 2014 season. The West Plains Zizzers will be traveling next Friday when they go up against the Glendale Falcons who finished last season with a 1-9 2013 season record; but have entered this season with a new coach and three returning starters.
The voice of the Bears, Larry Spence has your Willow Springs Friday Night Football Follow-Up:
Once again it was the Marionville Comets over the Willow Springs Bears 14-8, making Friday’s loss the second loss of the season and leaving their to date record 0-2.
The voice of the Bulldogs Brad McNew has your Cabool Friday Night Football Follow-Up:
Once again the Bulldogs got the win against the Hollister Tigers with a 31-14 scoreboard giving them a season record to date of 2-0. Next Friday, September 5, the Cabool Bulldogs will up against the Willow Springs Bears at home. The Bears ended last season with a 6-5 season, yet they have failed to win a game during the current 2014 season.
(Willow Springs) – Mountain View-Birch Tree Liberty Junior Varsity and Varsity volleyball teams played at Willow Springs on August 27, and Liberty walked away with the wins.
The JV Eagles team defeated the Bears 25-12, 25-12 in two sets, while the varsity also won 25-12, 25-17.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs’ receiving corps took two more hits, though coach Andy Reid seemed to be a bit more worried by all the flags.
The Chiefs had 14 penalties in all during a 34-14 loss Thursday night to the Green Bay Packers to wrap up the preseason. It didn’t matter to Reid that both lineups were littered with backups.
“They’re all ours. We don’t look at them like they’re backup players,” Reid said. “They’re mistakes and we have to correct them.”
Third-string quarterback Tyler Bray threw for 116 yards and a touchdown on 8-of-15 passing. Joe McKnight added 50 yards and a score on 10 carries in vying for the third-string running back job.
Otherwise, the Packers reserves set the tone, with Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien each throwing for two touchdowns in their competition to back up starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Flynn threw for 102 yards and Tolzien had 139 in splitting reps by quarter in the evening’s most closely watched position battle. Coach Mike McCarthy might keep both players anyway a season after Rodgers missed seven weeks with a collarbone injury – though McCarthy has also said he doesn’t want to overreact to what happened in 2013.
The Chiefs’ defense looked lost at times. Kansas City had seven penalties in the first half that ended with Green Bay up by 13.
“It’s good to get the preseason over. Let’s get on with the regular season,” Reid said. “We had an opportunity to play a lot of young guys today, which is one of the positives … you get a chance to evaluate some of the young players and go from there.”
Rosters must be trimmed to the 53-man limit by Saturday afternoon.
Chiefs receiver A.J. Jenkins made one of the most impressive plays of the night with a diving 45-yard catch. Bray followed on the next play with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Richard Gordon late in the second quarter.
But a receiving positions already dented by injuries to Dwayne Bowe and Junior Hemingway lost two more players. Jenkins later left with a concussion, while Kyle Williams departed in the first quarter with a sprained shoulder.
Bowe has a groin injury, and the Chiefs already know their No. 1 receiver will miss the opener because a suspension for an arrest in November. Still, Reid thought the Chiefs would be fine with receiving depth.
Jenkins could have made an important statement for playing time if healthy. He beat reserve defensive back Ryan White on a nice throw from Bray to get to the Packers 9.
“I’ve learned so much this offseason and this preseason from where I was last year,” Bray said. “It’s easy once you kind of know what’s going on, and you’re not out there guessing.”
The drive was set up by a 49-yard kickoff return by Frankie Hammond Jr., a former practice squad player Reid also hopes can step up at receiver.
McKnight, vying with Cyrus Gray for the third-string running back job behind Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis, rushed for a 1-yard score in the third quarter.
Otherwise, the Packers (3-1) were never threatened. They look to be in good shape heading into next week’s season opener at the Super Bowl champion Seahawks.
“That’s exactly how you want to finish your preseason,” McCarthy said. “I don’t know if I’ve felt this good coming out of the preseason as I do tonight.”
Flynn hit rookie Davante Adams on play-action for a 22-yard touchdown on the Packers’ opening drive. On his first drive in the second quarter, Tolzien hit rookie receiver Jeff Janis for a 33-yard touchdown near the front corner of the end zone.
“I think Matt and Scott have both championed the case to be on our football team,” McCarthy said.
On the touchdown, Janis beat cornerback Phillips Gaines, who was also whistled for illegal contact and holding penalties in the game.
Along with Rodgers, the Packers also held out starters Eddie Lacy, Jordy Nelson, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Gordon and the Kansas City Royals appeared to be headed for another dramatic victory. Then Bruce Chen got into trouble in the 10th inning.
Chen gave up six runs in his one inning of work, and the Royals went on to costly 11-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
“I didn’t make good pitches and they get base hit after base hit after base hit,” Chen said.
Kansas City’s lead in the AL Central was trimmed to one game over Detroit, which beat the Yankees 3-2 earlier in the day. Third-place Cleveland also won, pulling within 5 1/2 games of the Royals heading into their big series this weekend.
The Royals were in good shape after Gordon led off the seventh with his 17th homer, tying it at 5 with a drive to center. But that was their last run of the game.
“It would have been one of those great wins for us when we didn’t get a good pitching performance, but the offense picked it up,” Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie said. “It would have been a late win, so it would have been a great win. As it is, it’s a loss and we’ll go on and not think much of it tomorrow. Certainly the team as a whole did everything it could to make this a win in spite of the early pitching troubles.”
Guthrie allowed five runs and nine hits in six innings. He was 5-1 in his previous six starts.
Jordan Schafer tied a career high with four RBIs for Minnesota, including a two-run single in the 10th inning.
Eduardo Nunez singled home the go-ahead run in the final inning and Brian Dozier added a two-run double. Kurt Suzuki capped the burst with an RBI double, his third hit of the game and second double.
Chen (2-4), the sixth pitcher for the Royals, walked two and allowed five hits.
“It was another one where we could have won or lost,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We could have won all three or lost all three. Tonight was no different. We hung in there and finally had the big inning. It was a nice win for us after two tough losses.”
Minnesota had lost its last four games against Kansas City and seven of eight overall in the season series. Schafer had three hits while extending his hitting streak to eight games.
“Bruce just couldn’t put `em away,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Anthony Swarzak (3-1) picked up the victory.
ROYALS ADD NIX
The Royals claimed INF Jayson Nix off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he was 4 for 36 in 16 games. Nix, 32, began the season with Philadelphia and also played in the minors with Durham, the Rays’ Triple-A club.
Royals RHP Kelvin Herrera pitched the eighth to extend his scoreless inning streak to 23 1-3 innings.
Twins: 1B Joe Mauer didn’t start for the first time since returning Aug. 11 after missing 34 games with a right oblique strain. “I watched him last night,” Gardenhire said. “I thought he was dragging a little bit. You’ve got to do it for him. He’s in the training room, getting treatment every day like everybody else.” Mauer walked as a pinch hitter in the 10th and stayed in the game to play 1B.
Royals: LHP Scott Downs (stiff neck) was activated from the disabled list. … 1B Eric Hosmer (fractured right hand) participated in batting practice for the first time since going on the disabled list Aug. 1. … RHP Michael Mariot (right hamstring injury) was recalled from Triple-A Omaha and transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Twins: Rookie RHP Trevor May (0-3) is looking for his first big league victory Friday night at Baltimore. He gave up five runs and 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings in an 8-6 loss to Detroit on Saturday.
Royals: LHP Jason Vargas will start Friday night’s series opener against the Indians. He has a 1.24 ERA in his 10 wins and a 6.29 ERA in his six losses.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Kyle Snyder passed for two touchdowns and ran for another and Southeast Missouri beat Missouri Baptist 77-0 in the season opener for both teams Thursday night.
After Missouri Baptist went three-and-out on its first possession, Spencer Davis returned the ensuing punt 61 yards to the 8-yard line. Two plays later, Snyder punched it in from one yard. SE Missouri scored twice more in the first quarter, with DeMichael Jackson carrying from 25 yards and catching Snyder’s 66 yard pass.
Snyder went 10 of 12 for 198 yards and Jackson carried eight times for 82 yards.
Lennies McFerren, Lewis Washington, Alex Niznak and Tyson Estes all ran for touchdowns and nose tackle Joshua Wilson returned a fumble for another score.
Southeast Missouri rolled up 304 yards on the ground and held Missouri Baptist to a total of 81 yards of offense.
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Kierra Harris threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead Missouri State to a 34-27 come-back win over Northwestern State on Thursday night.
Julian Burton caught four passes for 140 yards and one score. Harris completed 11 of 22 passes for 195 yards.
Northwestern State, which won the season opener against Missouri State 23-17 last year, started strong as Zach Adkins, who threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns for the game, led the Demons to a 24-7 halftime lead. Northwestern State had a first-and-goal at the Bears’ 4 in the third quarter when Colby Isbell forced a fumble and recovered it at the 3. The Bears drove 97 yards for a touchdown capped by Eric Christophel’s 15-yard touchdown reception from Harris to close the gap to 24-14.
Harris later scored on a 1-yard run and threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Gannon Sinclair with 5:15 remaining in the fourth to take a 28-27 lead.
(West Plains) – The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball team will host a five-on-five basketball tournament Saturday, Sept. 20, at the West Plains Civic Center, 110 St. Louis St., and the Student Recreation Center, 323 W. Trish Knight St., to raise funds for the team.
The tournament is for anyone age 16 and over who would like to spend the day playing basketball, according to Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker.
The entry fee is $200 per team, and each team is guaranteed three games. The registration deadline is Sept. 16.
For more information about the tournament or an entry form, contact Walker at 417-255-7991 or YanceyWalker@MissouriState.edu. For more information about the Grizzly Basketball team, visit wp.missouristate.edu/grizzly/bb/.