Osage cruises by California in regular season finale
Osage wrapped up the regular season against California Friday night and the Indians quickly went to work against the visitors with a 47-14 win over the Pintos.
It began with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Osage senior quarterback Zach Wheeler to junior running back Hunter Neiman not even two minutes into the game. Then Wheeler ran in a 4-yard touchdown and senior running back Austin Magnuson punched in a 1-yard score to quickly extend the lead to 18-0 by the end of the first quarter.
Magnuson repeated the feat early in the second quarter with another 1-yard touchdown run and did so again after halftime with a 3-yard run to total three touchdowns on the night. Then Osage went back to the air as Wheeler found the tall senior wideout Drake Gaines for a 3-yard touchdown pass to make it 40-7 midway through the third. The final score of the night came on a “pick-six” from junior defensive back Dalton Depeé as he returned an interception 38-yards to the house.
Osage finishes the regular season at 5-4 and the sixth-seeded Indians will kickoff district playoff action with a trip to No. 3 Springfield Catholic (7-2) on Friday night at 7 p.m.
Eldon tops Hallsville to wrap up regular season on five-game win streak
It was yet another good night for Eldon.
The Mustangs visited Hallsville for the regular season finale and had little trouble dispatching the Indians with a 35-14 win. It was a fairly close contest at the half with Eldon holding a narrow 16-14 lead, but the visitors dominated the second half with 19 unanswered points.
Junior fullback Isaiah Parsons had a big night for the Mustangs as he led all ball carriers with 185 rushing yards and a touchdown on 27 attempts while senior running back Isaiah Merida put up 67 yards on the ground and a touchdown and junior quarterback Dawson Brandt added 22 yards and a rushing touchdown of his own.
Brandt also had a solid night through the air as the junior gunslinger completed four of his six pass attempts for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Senior tight end Cole Walker hauled in three of those passes for 74 yards and a touchdown while Merida’s 15-yard catch resulted in the other touchdown.
Defensively, Brandt helped to keep Hallsville at bay with nine total tackles at defensive back while Walker put up eight tackles from his position at linebacker. Senior defensive backs Austin Pipes and Merida also made things tough for Hallsville with an interception each.
Eldon closed out the regular season with five straight wins to finish 8-1 for the fifth time in school history. Now. the Mustangs will look to extend the winning streak by six more games to bring home a state title. Eldon is the No. 2 seed in the Class 3 District 13 playoffs and will host No. 7 Buffalo (3-6) on Friday night at 7 p.m.
Versailles shutout by Southern Boone
Versailles took a trip to Southern Boone Friday night and it was a tough night for the Tigers as they were shutout 47-0.
It was just a 6-0 game after one quarter of play, but the Eagles were able to extend the lead to 27-0 by halftime and never looked back.
It was simply just tough for the Versailles offense to gain any momentum as the Eagles did not yield very many yards on the evening.
The Tigers put up just 41 rushing yards with senior Taylor Dobbins leading all ball carriers with 18 yards while sophomore quarterback Coby Williams added another 13 yards of his own. The passing game was just as tough as Williams completed 10 of his 13 attempts for 63 yards and two interceptions. Senior wideout Kooper Wilson hauled ni six of those passes for a team-leading 33 receiving yards.
Meanwhile, Southern Boone dashed for 304 rushing yards and added another 80 yards through the air on its trips to the end zone. However, there was one highlight for the Tiger defensive unit as junior defensive back Wyatt Espinosa intercepted an errant Southern Boone throw.
It may have been a tough end to the season, but now Versailles will get to compete against schools closer to its own size.
The Tigers end the 2017 regular season 2-7 and will meet El Dorado Springs (5-4) in the first round of the Class 2 District 4 Tournament on Friday night at 7 p.m.