by: Scott McCaulley

The Branson Pirates rematch with Carthage in the Missouri State High School Football Playoffs was not as close as their first meeting in October as the Tigers hit the Pirates with a barrage of points in the second quarter and rolled to a 48-10 win knocking the Pirates out of the Class 5 District Playoffs.

After moving the ball on the opening possession of the game, which included a fake punt from their own end zone, the Pirates drive stalled inside the Carthage 30 yard line. The Tigers scored at the end of the first quarter cashing in on an interception on fourth down, then the Pirates fumbled the ball back with the Tigers scoring on the next play and dominated from their. The Pirates scoring was on a 32 Yard Christian Berummen 32 Yard Field Goal at the end of the first half and a 51 yard Tristian Pierce to Colton Cooper pass in the third quarter. The Pirates finish their season 2-9 while Carthage will host Nixa in the District Finals next Friday.

Meanwhile on the final night of the regular season in Arkansas, the Harrison Goblins complete an undefeated regular season rolling to a 49-20 win over Farmington while the Carroll County Super Bowl this season goes to Berryville, who roles to a 42-14 win at Green Forest.

Missouri Playoff Scores
Class 6
Joplin 69 Kirkwood 48

Class 5
Carthage 48 Branson 10
Nixa 40 Ozark 12
Glendale 56 Parkview 0
Waynesville 83 Central 0

Class 4
Webb City 58 Willard 18
Bolivar 36 West Plains 21
Camdenton 56 Washington 7
Lebanon 43 Helias Catholic 13

Class 3
Seneca 14 Mount Vernon 12
Cassville 19 Monett 6
Buffalo 49 Rogersville 28
Blair Oaks 48 Salem 0

Class 2
Ava 34 East Newton 6
Willow Springs 27 Liberty 19
Lamar 50 Warsaw 6
Fair Grove 56 Versailles 28

Class 1
Thayer 20 Cabool 14
Pierce City 45 Miller 13
Skyline 44 Lockwood 12