Chaden Brandt's 95 yard kickoff return with :55 seconds to play lifted the Nevada Tigers to a thrilling 35-28 win over the Smith-Cotton Tigers Friday night in Sedalia. The return capped off a night of big plays for Nevada that led the Tigers to their first win of the season and first ever win in West Central Conference play. It was the Nevada defense that staked the Tigers to a 13-0 lead when Austin Deer returned a Smith-Cotton fumble 30 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and then early in the second period, Brandt picked off a Smith-Cotton pass and returned it 88 yards for the defense's second score. Brandt would add a 54 yard TD run before the half and Nevada had a 21-7 lead at the break. The Tigers extended that lead to 27-7 early in the third quarter with a 75 yard jaunt from Taylor Manes. Smith-Cotton stormed back with three unanswered scores and took a 28-27 lead with 1:12 to play. That's when Brandt, on the ensuing kickoff, had to go back to the 5 yard line to pick up a kick that sailed over his head and managed to navigate his way to the endzone to score the game winner with less than a minute to play. Nevada improved to 1-4 on the season and 1-3 in WCC play while Smith-Cotton fell to 3-2 and 1-2. The Tigers return home next Friday night to host the Seneca Indians at Logan Field.
In other West Central Conference action Friday night...
Warrensburg 44 Clinton 6
The Rich Hill Tigers nearly repeated last week's come from behind win Friday night but a late fourth quarter rally came up short and the Tigers were defeated by the Osceola Indians 21-13. Trailing by eight late in the fourth quarter, Rich Hill had one more drive going but the Indians picked off a Tiger pass with eight seconds to play to seal the win. Rich Hill falls to 2-3 on the season while Osceola improved to 4-1. Rich Hill hits the road next Friday night traveling to Drexel.
In other Western Missouri Conference play Friday night...
Adrian 48 Archie 12
Other area high school football action Friday night...
The Nevada Lady Tiger softball team split their "pool play" games Friday afternoon at the UCM Jennies High School Tournament in Warrensburg. The Lady Tigers edged the Holden Lady Eagles 6-5 in the first contest but were then routed by Blair Oaks 18-0 in game two. Nevada returns to Warrensburg for bracket play Saturday.
The Lady Tiger tennis team of Nevada picked up a dual win on Friday as they completed a suspended match with the Monett Lady Cubs and earned a 6-3 win on the Nevada courts. The match was suspended earlier in the season by weather. The Lady Tigers picked up three wins in singles play with #4 Emma Cheaney, #5 Courtney Smith and #6 Jaiden Cherry all earning wins. The doubles teams of #1 Megan Payne/Ellie Pruitt, #2 Sydnie Baker/Smith and #3 Cheaney/Cherry were all winners for Nevada.
Nevada Lady Tiger volleyball team spends the day in Pittsburg on Saturday playing in the Pittsburg Volleyball Tournament. Nevada's "pool play" has them playing Girard, KS at 9:00 a.m., Aurora at 10:00 a.m., Pittsburg at 1:00 p.m. and Frontenac at 3:00 p.m. Those results will determine their bracket play later in the day.
The St. Louis Cardinals maintained their 2 1/2 game lead over the Pittsburg Pirates with a 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds Friday night. The Pirates kept pace with a 4-2 win over Milwaukee. The Cardinals and Reds will meet Saturday at 6:15 p.m. at Busch Stadium with Cardinal Network coverage at 5:20 p.m. on 97.5 FM, KNMO.
The Kansas City Royals did not get off to a good start Friday night in their three game series with the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium as they were routed by the Tigers 10-1. The loss drops the Royals 1 1/2 games behind the Tigers in the American League Central Division. Game two of the weekend series is Saturday at 12:10 p.m.
The Missouri Tiger football team is looking to raise their record to 4-0 before beginning SEC play next weekend as they take on the Indiana Hoosiers Saturday afternoon at Faurot Field. Game time is 3:00 p.m. with Tiger Network coverage starting at 1:00 p.m. on AM 1240, KNEM.
Sunday's NFL lineup has the Kansas City Chiefs at the Miami Dolphins for a 3:25 p.m. start while the St. Louis Rams host the Dallas Cowboys at 12:00 p.m.