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KNEM-KNMO Sports Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Kansas City Center's Tony Caldwell rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Yellowjackets to a 33-14 win over the Nevada Tigers Friday night in the West Central Conference opener both teams in Kansas City. The players, coaches and fans had to wait out a 90-minute lightning delay just before the second half started. Caldwell's first TD put Center ahead early in the game but Nevada responded with a 37-yard pass from Andy Heathman to Thadius Mason to tie the score at seven. The Yellowjackets responded with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Christian Cox for a 14-7 lead. A Tiger fumble in their territory late in the first half led to a 20-yard touchdown run by Center's Ronnie Thomas and the Yellowjackets led, 21-7, at the half. Center increased its lead to 20 points before the Chaden Brandt scored on a 73-yard TD run to pull Nevada within 27-14 but that was as close as the visitors from Vernon County would get. Brandt led Nevada's ground game with 123 yards on only nine carries. The Tigers are 0-2 while Center is 2-0. Nevada is to host the Warriors of St. Pius X in another West Central Conference game at Logan Field this Friday night. St. Pius X will be looking for its first win after a 56-0 loss to the Spoofhounds at Maryville, Mo.  Friday night.


Lockwood jumped to an early 21-0 lead in the first 16 minutes of play on the way to a 27-14 win over Rich Hill Friday night at Lockwood. Kyle Bouldin scored three touchdowns on runs of ten yards during the first quarter and 35- and five-yards in the first four minutes of the second quarter as Lockwood built its lead on the way to its second win in two games this season. Bouldin gained 119 yards on 19 carries. Rich Hill got its offense untracked in the second quarter and senior Jason Thompson scored on a one-yard dive just two minutes before halftime to cut the Lockwood lead to 21-7. Early in the third quarter, Lockwood took advantage of a Rich Hill turnover and widened its lead back to 20 points on a 16-yard pass from Ben Schnelle to Logan Reed. Rich Hill quarterback Cole Heckadon scored on a two-yard run to pull the visiting Tigers within 27-14 with just under five minutes to play in the game but that was as close as Rich Hill would get. Heckadon completed 15 or 27 pass attempts for 132 yards and one interception and Thompson led the Rich Hill ground game with 56 yards on 15 carries. Rich Hill's 0-2 and looks to start its Western Missouri Conference schedule this Friday night when Appleton City visits Rich Hill for the Tigers homecoming game. The Bulldogs are 0-2 after a 40-8 loss to Osceola Friday night. Lockwood hosts an 0-2 Greenfield team this Friday night. Miller outscored the Wildcats, 77-20, Friday night.

In other area high school football games last Friday night, Adrian blanked Drexel, 28-0, Cass-Midway shut out Archie, 52-0. Sherwood shaded Butler, 21-12, Stockton shut out Ash Grove, 8-0, Ava blanked the El Dorado Springs Bulldogs, 28-0, in the Bulldogs home opener, Lamar rolled past Seneca, 59-0, Pierce City out-scored Liberal, 56-30, in the Bulldogs home opener, Pleasant Hill downed Warrensburg, 17-8, Smith Cotton's Tigers downed Marshall, 28-14, in Sedalia, Kansas City O'Hara outscored Oak Grove, 31-24, at Oak Grove, and Odessa drilled the Clinton Cardinals, 49-9.

Today's a very busy day for Nevada R-5 school district athletes. The Lady Tiger golfers were scheduled to tee off about nine o'clock this morning in the Marshfield Invitational. Coach Brian Leonard scheduled today's meet because this Fall's district tournament will be held on the Marshfield course. The Lady Tiger volleyball teams head North for a tripleheader against the Smith-Cotton Lady Tigers in Sedalia. The freshman match starts at 5:00 p.m. with the junior-varsity and varsity matches to follow. The Tiger boys swimming team competes in the Carthage dual, starting at 4:00 p.m., a the Carthage YMCA and the Tiger and Lady Tiger cross country runners are to compete in the Joplin Quadranguler -- also starting at 4:00 p.m. The Tiger freshman and junior-varsity football teams are scheduled to play today, the jay-vee squad against Kansas City Center at 5:00 p.m. at Logan Field and the Nevada ninth graders against Pleasant Hill at 7:00 p.m. -- also at Logan Field.
The Fort Scott Greyhounds opened their 2014 schedule Saturday with a come-from-behind victory over Iowa Central Community College. Five-foot-11-inch, 205-pound running back Devin Taylor, a freshman from Nicholasville, Kentucky, carried the ball 43 times for 228 yards and three touchdowns in the win at Frary Field, Fort Scott. He found the end zone after a four-yard run with four-and-a-half minutes left in the third quarter with the other scores coming on runs of nine- and one-yards during the fourth quarter. The Greyhounds will take their 1-0 record to Hutchinson, Kansas this Saturday for a 7:00 p.m. Jayhawk Juco Conference game. The Blue Dragons are 1-0 after a 45-7 victory Friday night at home over the Bethany College junior-varsity.

The Cottey Comet volleyball team split a pair of matches Friday evening at Wentworth Military Academy, Lexington, Mo., sweeping the Red Dragons, 26-24, 25-21 and 26-21, but losing to the Stephens College Stars, in four games, 9-25, 25-21, 14-25 and 17-25. Madelyn Underwood led the Comets against Wentworth with a 22% hitting percentage, six kills, one block and nine digs. Regan Kannady was credited with 15 assists and Maddie Lugenbeel with 10. Kelsey Davidson was credited with eight kills and Morgan Taylor and Regan Kannady with four apiece. Davidson led the Comets in hitting percentage against Stephens at 33%, Underwood had 18 assists and 11 digs, Kannady had either assists, four kills, five blocks and 12 digs and Davidson was credited with 11 killes, four blocks and nine digs. The Comets are to play the Fort Scott Lady Greyhounds at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Arnold Arena at Fort Scott, Kansas.

The Fort Scott Community College Lady Greyhound volleyball team's off to a 7-2 start after winning three out of four matches in the Vernon College Tournament at Vernon, Texas. FSCC defeated Seward County Community College, 3-2, and Frank Phillips and Richland Colleges, 3-0, with a 3-2 loss to Paris Junior College. The Lady 'Hounds are to host Longview Community College's Lady Lakers from Lee's Summit at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and the Cottey Comets Friday evening in the Arnold Arena.

The Cardinals rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Pirates Monday afternoon at Busch Stadium and moved into first place in the National League's Central Division, one game ahead of the Brewers. Matt Holliday continues his hot hitting, driving in three runs for St. Louis in the win. The Cubs edged the Brewers, 4-2, Monday. The Cardinals are 74-63 and are to host Pittsburgh at 7:15 p.m. today. Adam Wainwright, 15-9, pitches for St. Louis and and Jeff Locke, 6-3, starts on the mound for the Pirates. Cardinal Network coverage begins at 6:20 p.m. on Double K Country.

The Kansas City Royals snapped a losing skid Monday night with a 4-3 victory over the Rangers at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals are 75-61 and half-a-game ahead of the second-place Tigers in the American League's Central Division. Game two of the Kansas City-Texas series starts at 7:10 this evening with Jeremy Guthrie, 10-10, on the mound for the Royals and Derek Holland, 0-0, pitching for the Rangers. Detroit kept pace with the Royals by routing the Indians, 12-1, Monday.

Washington outscored the Dodgers, 6-4, Monday night in Los Angeles. The Nationals out-hit the Dodgers, 9-6, although first baseman Adam LaRoche, Fort Scott, was hitless in three at-bats. Washington is 20  games over the .500 mark at 78-58 and leads the second-place Braves by seven games in the National League's Eastern Division. Game two of the series begins at 9:10 p.m., CDT, today with Doug Fisher, 12-5, pitching for the Nationals and Clayton Kershaw, 16-3, starting for the Dodgers.





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