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Monday, October 18, 2021

Local Sports Roundup

By Cameron Hook

Are you keeping up with local high school sports? If so, glad to hear it, if not strap in and get ready. It is time for your weekly dose of sports for Butler and the surrounding area. That is right it is this week’s edition of the Sports Round-Up.

For the inaugural week of the Sports Round-Up, we will be keeping the focus on varsity football. Last week was a clinic in offense, as we witnessed a lot of points scored on Friday evening. To start off, your hometown Butler Bears traveled to El Dorado Springs and left with a 28-0 win over the Bulldogs. With this win the Bears advance to 8-0. Will they finish the regular season undefeated or will Lone Jack pull off the upset on the road this week? Only time will tell, but on the topic of undefeated teams, the Drexel Bobcats continue on their victory march.

Coach Dean and the Bobcats took the bus down to Jasper last week resulting in a cool 59-6 win for the #1 ranked 8-man team in the state. Leading the way was Junior signal caller Jacob Coffey who threw for 3 touchdowns and rushed for 3 more. This Drexel team has fully cemented themselves as the team to beat in Missouri 8-man football, and they are showing no signs of slowing down. This week the Bobcats travel to Concordia to try to continue their dominant season.

​Speaking of hot 8-man teams, the Archie Whirlwinds left a path of destruction as they made their way through Lockwood Friday evening. The Tigers had no answer as the Whirlwinds started the game with 22 points in the first quarter. As the game continued on, the story did not change. Archie finished that one out with a win and final score of 61-26. The Whirlwinds move on to 7-1 on the year, their only loss being to the previously mentioned Bobcats. This Archie squad is ranked 7th in all of Missouri 8-man and it probably goes without saying that they have to be eager to get another shot at Drexel again, because this team is red hot at the moment.

Moving on to another local team, the Adrian Blackhawks came away with a victory against the Cass Midway Vikings. Adrian toppled the Vikings at home last week in a very impressive 41-12 showing. This puts Adrian at 6-2 this season, and in a good spot to compete with Wellington-Napoleon for the number one spot in the district. If Adrian can pull off the win on the road this week against Wellington-Napoleon, it will unseat the Tigers at the top of the food chain and put the Blackhawks in first place which could prove incredibly beneficial for playoff football.

Now let us shift our gaze west, across the border to the Prairie View Buffaloes who fell victim to the Frontenac Raiders. Despite defeat, let it be said the Buffaloes did not go down without a fight. In fact, they were able to put together quite an impressive highlight reel with two interceptions and a few big plays for large chunks of yardage. Both teams are very talented, but ultimately it was the home team that came away with victory in this bout, 26-12. After this Frontenac now sits at 6-1 and Prairie View at 5-2.

Back in the world of Missouri 8-man football, the Liberal Bulldogs hosted the Appleton City Bulldogs on Friday night. This game was the outlier in this week’s selection of games. There was no offensive showcase here, as this game was a defensive slugfest. Which came as a nice surprise as Appleton City and Liberal came into this matchup giving up an average of 49.8 and 41.8 points per game, respectively. Liberal not only gives up less points per game, they also came into this game averaging almost twice as many points scored per game than Appleton City. You know what they say, the numbers do not lie, and that proved true in this one. Liberal held down the fort at home, winning 16-8.

Finally, to finish off the Round Up this week, the Rich Hill Tigers and the Osceola Indians. These two teams took to the field in Rich Hill last week, one left victorious and the other left with a disappointing road loss. This matchup yielded the same results as the last time these two teams squared off. That last time being the 2019 playoffs in which Rich Hill barely squeaked by Osceola 30-28. This time was a little different though as Head Coach Brandon Liggins and the Tigers won this one by a much bigger margin. Instead of a two point game, this ended as a two possession game. The final in Rich Hill, 40-26. The Tigers finish the season off this Friday against Liberal at home.

The last thing on the agenda for this week is the game of the week. The Sports Round Up game of the week is going to have to go to Adrian at Wellington-Napoleon. This one has all the makings of a good game, and is one you do not want to miss.