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Jones clutch hit lifts Carthage over McDonald County in home opener

WATCH: Jordyn Jones gets the go-ahead hit for Carthage Wednesday night – giving the Tigers a 2-1 win over McDonald County in the team’s home opener.

Carthage snaps the Mustangs’ 7-game winning streak.

“She had the big RBI in the 2nd inning that gave us the 1-0 lead, and there at the end she had a great at-bat,” says head coach Stephanie Ray of Jones, “She was fouling balls off and fouling balls off. With an 0-2 pitch she put one over the left fielder’s head. I just knew if we could get that runner to third, we had a chance. We put the bat in the senior’s hand there and she just took it and she owned it there.”

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Run game an early-season bright spot for MSSU football

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Missouri Southern Lions are back on the road this weekend aiming for their first win of the season against Central Oklahoma.

MSSU is 0-2 to begin their fall schedule, falling to Nebraska-Kearney (38-0) and Northeastern State (21-17) in their first two games.

While the Lions haven’t gotten the results they wanted on the scoreboard early in the season, the team’s rushing attack has been a bright spot. Missouri Southern has rushed for 302 yards in their first two games.

Freshman running back Nathan Glades has led the team’s rushing attack, accounting for 169 yards in his first two career starts.

“We’ve faced two MIAA opponents, and we have ran the ball really well,” says head coach Atiba Bradley, “Where we’ve got to get better is the consistency of running the ball and being able to run the ball at a high level for four straight quarters. Part of that will be getting the passing game going a little bit more and opening up lanes for running. We’ve played two MIAA opponents and gone toe-to-toe with them. We’ve thrown blows with them and we’ve had success against them. Now it’s just raising our play and the level of consistency. That’s what we have to do now.”

This Missouri Southern team is relying an a number of younger players, including Glades, this season.

13 of the Lions’ 22 starters are either freshman or sophomore players – so the growing pains are not unexpected.

“It’s not easy…but growing up isn’t easy,” Bradley says, “Maturation isn’t easy. The hardest part about it is that you can’t rush it. You can’t sit there and say boom you’re a 5th-year senior. You have three years of experience under your belt in two games. You can’t do that. The hardest part is sitting there and knowing you’re going to take your lumps. It’s like watching a baby walk for the first time. You can’t sit there and hold its hand. They know they have to get better. They know it’s going to be tough. They know they have to come in and out every day and put in the work to get better.”

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Girard aims for 3-0 start against CNC rival Columbus

GIRARD, Kan. – The last time Girard and Columbus were on the field together, the Trojans knocked the undefeated Titans out of the playoffs in the first round – after Columbus had previously beaten Girard in the regular season.

“Going into it…I’m sure we’re circled on the calendar for them knowing that we knocked them off last year in the playoffs,” says Girard head coach Neal Philpot, “I’m sure they’re eager to play us, but we have to understand that last year’s game has no bearing on what this year is and we have to go take care of business.”

Girard is on a roll to start the season – blowing out both Colgan and Baxter Springs in their first two games.

“We got a chance to get a lot of people in. I think we took the opportunity last week to see how we can get better from week one to week two,” Philpot adds ,”There’s some things that we did, but there are still some things that we need to get improved. We’re excited to get back to work and get those things fixed this week.”

Girard’s defense has been impressive, allowing just 7 total points through two games.

“I think technique has been the biggest thing for us,” says QB/DB Luke Niggemann, “We’re a little smaller up front. Technique is a big thing for us right now.”

“We’ve got a good group there. We’ve kept a lot of the stuff we had a year ago, so the guys are familiar with it,” Philpot says of his defense, “We’ve got some athletes who can fly around a little bit. The guys have been doing a good job of getting to the ball and tackling. They’re being unselfish in what they do, making the plays they’re supposed to make and letting their teammates make the plays they they’re supposed to make.”

While Girard knows they can get the job done Friday – they know it’s an important game for Columbus and the Titans will be ready to play.

“They’re a good team. They have a lot of guys back from a year ago,” Philpot says of Columbus, “They do things very, very soundly. They know their identity on both sides of the ball. Like us, they know what they’re doing. Defensively, they know what their responsibilities are. They go play hard and they go play fast. It’s going to be a challenge for us.”

Columbus is 1-1 on the season, falling to Frontenac in their season opener before beating Field Kindley in week two.

Friday’s game kicks off at 7 PM in Girard.

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Big 4th inning lifts Carthage over Joplin; Elder strikes out 13

WATCH: Carthage tops Joplin 8-0 in COC play Tuesday afternoon at Joplin High School.

The Tigers scored 7 runs in the 4th, while pitcher Jensyn Elder strikes out 13 Joplin batters.

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Myrick homers, McDonald County tops Neosho for sixth straight win

WATCH: Reagan Myrick smashes a two-run home run. McDonald County tops Neosho 7-3 to improve to 7-1 on the season. The Mustangs are also on a six game winning streak.

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High School Football Scoreboard (9/10)

High school football scoreboard for Friday, September 10th.

McDonald County 7 Lamar 31
Hollister 42 Seneca 27
Republic 20 Webb City 56
Chanute 21 Pittsburg 7
Field Kindley 8 Columbus 40
Colgan 20 Galena 12
Quapaw 20 Riverton 32
Branson 7 Carl Junction 33
Carthage 71 Neosho 14
Joplin 42 Ozark 7
East Newton 0 Monett 14
Jayhawk Linn 0 Southeast 37
Girard 49 Baxter Springs 0
Butler (Mo) 22 Fort Scott 31
Lighthouse Christian 20 Diamond 3
Iola 32 Parsons 14
Frontenac 6 Coweta (OK) 42
Altoona-Midway 0 Yates Center 60
Miami 0 Verdigris 56
Nevada 46 Cassville 20
Neodesha 48 Caney Valley 6
Bluestem 0 Cherryvale 45
Bluejacket (OK) 52 Chetopa 0
Erie 18 Eureka 38
Humboldt 28 Fredonia 26
Independence 52 Wichita North 6
Winfield 27 Labette County 7
St Paul 68 Oswego 66
Lyndon 27 Pleasanton 0
Wabaunsee 17 Uniontown 6
Logan Rogersville 14 Aurora 40
Appleton City 8 Jasper 64
Liberal 0 Drexel 84
Mt Vernon 0 Reeds Spring 42
Chelsea 12 Commerce 40
Liberty 0 Fairland 40
Grove 44 Jay 6
Chouteau 23 Wyandotte 14