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COLUMBIA - Vote now for the Friday Night Fever Week Nine Play of the Week! This week's nominees are from Rock Bridge High School, Southern Boone County High School and Father Tolton High School. Voting is now open, and will conclude Friday at 3 p.m. The winner will be announced live from our Game of the Week during the 6 p.m. newscast and online.

[AUTHOR'S NOTE: The Week 9 Play of the Week poll has been corrected to note Southern Boone's Jackson Sartain's TD run. We apologize for an incorrect name published earlier.]


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Helias QB Daniel Rhea looks to build upon brother's legacy http://www.komu.com/news/helias-qb-daniel-rhea-looks-to-build-upon-brother-s-legacy/ http://www.komu.com/news/helias-qb-daniel-rhea-looks-to-build-upon-brother-s-legacy/ Football Sun, 15 Oct 2017 2:27:25 PM Jared Koller, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Helias QB Daniel Rhea looks to build upon brother's legacy

JEFFERSON CITY –  On October 5, 2013, Helias Catholic High School cornerback John Rhea had the game of his life.

“I remember just the game against Rock Bridge, getting an interception. I remember just running as fast as I could, my visor fogged up, I couldn’t see anything, the adrenaline was just rushing so much,” Rhea said. “You feel like a god out there.”

Helias won the game, and later advanced to a second straight state championship game in 2013. The moment left quite the impression on John’s younger brother, Daniel.

“I just remember him going crazy. I was just like, I wish I have that one day,” Daniel said. “I literally thought of him as like a celebrity. I just really wanted to be like him at that moment.”

Now four years later the Rhea legacy lives on. Not through John, but Daniel. Who’s now the Helias starting quarterback.

Five years separates the two, with John now a senior at the University of Missouri and Daniel a junior at Helias. But the brother’s bond goes far beyond the Friday night lights.

“We like the same things, we did the same things, there was never a time where I was like, ugh my brothers John. He was my best friend growing up and I miss those times,” Daniel said.

“Whatever his older brother was doing that’s what he wanted to do,” John said. “It’s pretty cool to see that looking back now.” 

“He’s been my biggest role model my entire life. I've always looked up to him, he's still my idol as to that's how that's how I want to live my life,” Daniel said. “I hope I'm half the man that my brother is and just keep striving for what he's all accomplished and what he's known for. All the happiness that he’s gotten, I want to have that feeling too.”

The Rhea name has been known throughout Jefferson City for many years, dating back to when Daniel and John’s father played football at Jefferson City high school.

“The bar so high and might think that that might aggravate me, but honestly I love that. I like being known as that,” Daniel said.

But dealing with how to fill a big brother’s, big shoes, is no small task.

“I mean, it’s tough to fill the shoes that he put down for me. But it's a good path I guess you could say. I enjoy being that person that he's set the tone for me to be,” Daniel said.

“I guess I have set the bar pretty high, but I don't really think he thinks that way. I think he kind of thinks of it as this is my shot to leave my legacy,” John said. “Not that he owes it to anybody, he should just be the best that you can be because that's honestly how you how you leave your mark, that’s how you'll be remembered.”

It’s a legacy that Daniel doesn’t take lightly, one that’s always on his mind.

“That’s always in the back of my mind just to always leave a mark as good as my brother did,” Daniel said. “Anytime my brother’s name is brought up, it’s a good trademark, and that’s what I want.”

Helias starts its district playoffs on Friday.


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No. 4 Georgia finds running game, beats Missouri 53-28 http://www.komu.com/news/no-4-georgia-finds-running-game-beats-missouri-53-28/ http://www.komu.com/news/no-4-georgia-finds-running-game-beats-missouri-53-28/ Football Sun, 15 Oct 2017 8:46:25 AM The Associated Press and Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer No. 4 Georgia finds running game, beats Missouri 53-28

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — No. 4 Georgia found its running game after a slow start and took control with 26 unanswered points to beat Missouri 53-28 on Saturday night.

Georgia (7-0, 4-0 SEC) recovered from an early scare by gaining 696 total yards, including 370 on the ground. Missouri (1-5, 0-4 SEC) suffered its fifth straight loss as it faded following a 21-all tie in the second quarter.

Georgia's Mecole Hardman scored on a 35-yard run in the first quarter and a 59-yard catch from Jake Fromm in the fourth quarter.

Missouri showed the big-play potential in its passing game on Emanuel Hall's two 63-yard touchdown catches in the first half. Drew Lock also threw a 4-yard scoring pass to tight end Albert Okwuegbunam.

Lock threw for 253 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.

The Tigers stacked their defense against the run and gave up only 45 yards on the ground in the first quarter. The strategy put pressure on Fromm, the freshman.

Missouri linebacker Cale Garrett's interception in the first quarter set up Lock's scoring pass to Okwuegbunam.

D'Andre Swift ran for 94 yards, including a 71-yarder, Michel had 86 yards and Nick Chubb added 70 yards to lead Georgia's deep ground attack. Fromm threw for 326 yards with two touchdowns and added a 4-yard scoring run.

Georgia allowed a combined 17 points in its first three SEC wins, a total topped by the Tigers in the first half.

Following the last tie at 21-all, Georgia scored the final 13 points of the half and the first 13 points of the second half.

The first half was a painful reality check for Georgia's defense, which ranked second in the nation with its average of 10 points allowed per game and led the SEC with its average of 118.3 yards passing allowed in conference games.

Missouri linebacker Tavon Ross was ejected after his head-first hit on Hardman, who was returning a kickoff, in the fourth quarter. The targeting call followed a video review.

THE TAKEAWAY

Missouri: An abysmal defense allowing 40 points per game couldn't slow the Bulldogs. Missouri gave up 407 yards in the first half.

Georgia: The test against the best passing game Georgia has faced uncovered problems in the Bulldogs' defense. Georgia's secondary was torched by on the two long scoring catches by Hall. The Bulldogs' pass rush also had difficult putting pressure on Lock at times. Ultimately, Georgia turned to its strength — the running game — to put the game away.

INJURIES

Missouri running back Damarea Crockett suffered a right shoulder injury and missed the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT

Missouri: The Tigers will take a break from their SEC schedule when they host Idaho on Saturday.


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FNF Week 9: North Callaway team takes advantage of four-day school week http://www.komu.com/news/fnf-week-9-north-callaway-team-takes-advantage-of-four-day-school-week/ http://www.komu.com/news/fnf-week-9-north-callaway-team-takes-advantage-of-four-day-school-week/ Football Fri, 13 Oct 2017 3:43:29 PM Anthony Romano, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter FNF Week 9: North Callaway team takes advantage of four-day school week

KINGDOM CITY - Time formerly spent in the classroom is now being spent in the film room.

No, players on the North Callaway football team aren't playing hooky. They're just taking advantage of having Mondays off from school - every week.

"I think they enjoy that time on Monday," said North Callaway's head football coach Kevin O'Neal. "We get to spend a little more time in film, we're not rushed or anything and I think it has paid off this year having a successful year. I think the kids have adapted to it well."

The North Callaway School District adopted a four-day school week earlier this year, and this is the first season the Thunderbirds have not had class on Mondays.

"I think the kids enjoy having the three days off. The days are a little bit longer that we are here, but I think classroom time and the kids' response in the classroom has been great," O'Neal said.

The added work time on Mondays allow both the players and coaches to have more free time over the weekend.

"In the old days when I coached football, the staff would have to spend Sundays at my house and we worked all day," North Callaway Activities Director Michael Emmons said. "Now our coaches get Sunday off."

For O'Neal, the extra day gives him more time to spend with his two sons.

"During football season they don't get to see me a whole lot, so I try to make it a point to give Saturday and Sunday to those guys," he said.

North Callaway has dropped only one game this season, an opening night loss to Southern Boone. Since then it has won seven in a row.

O'Neal credits the team's success to the hard work of its seniors.

"That class has worked hard. They worked hard in the offseason. It's no mistake why we're having the success we're having, it's because of the work they put in and hopefully they remember that hard work does pay off and it's paying off for them this year," he said.

The Thunderbirds play Montgomery County on Friday to close out the regular season.


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2017 FNF Play of the Week - Week 8 http://www.komu.com/news/2017-fnf-play-of-the-week-week-8/ http://www.komu.com/news/2017-fnf-play-of-the-week-week-8/ Football Sun, 8 Oct 2017 11:02:24 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer 2017 FNF Play of the Week - Week 8

COLUMBIA - Vote now for the Friday Night Fever Week Eight Play of the Week! This week's nominees are from Rock Bridge High School, Blair Oaks High School and Fayette High School. Voting is now open, and will conclude Friday at 3 p.m. The winner will be announced live from our Game of the Week during the 6 p.m. newscast and online.


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Offensive surge not enough, Mizzou falls at Kentucky http://www.komu.com/news/offensive-surge-not-enough-mizzou-falls-at-kentucky/ http://www.komu.com/news/offensive-surge-not-enough-mizzou-falls-at-kentucky/ Football Sun, 8 Oct 2017 9:45:54 AM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Offensive surge not enough, Mizzou falls at Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Mizzou Football lost its fourth straight game Saturday night, 40-34, despite scoring its most points since week one against Missouri St.

The 34 points scored by the Tigers (1-4, 0-3 SEC) were more than the total from the previous three games against South Carolina, Purdue and Auburn combined (30). 

Missouri outgained Kentucky 568-486. Junior quarterback Drew Lock threw TD passes of 50, 58 and 75 yards. Lock also added a 48-yard completion to set up a 1-yard TD run, his first of the season.

Lock finished 22-of-42 for 355 yards and the four scores.

Kentucky (5-1, 2-1 SEC) scored on four straight first-half drives and led by double digits three times, but allowed Missouri to eventually tie the game at 27 late in the third quarter and 34 early in the fourth.

Austin MacGinnis' 53-yard field goal with 9:40 remaining proved to be the difference. Later in the fourth, Lonnie Johnson blocked Tucker McCann's 45-yard field goal attempt, setting up MacGinnis' 20-yard kick with 1:48 left that gave the Wildcats breathing room.

Turnovers did in the Tigers, as two fumbles led to two touchdowns for the Wildcats.

Kentucky senior quarterback Stephen Johnson finished 22-of-36 for 298 yards and threw touchdown passes of 14 and 64 yards. Running back Benny Snell Jr. contributed two touchdowns as well.

Missouri will need to win five of the final seven games to qualify for a bowl game. They visit No. 5 Georgia next week.


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2017 FNF Play of the Week- Week 7 http://www.komu.com/news/2017-fnf-play-of-the-week-week-7/ http://www.komu.com/news/2017-fnf-play-of-the-week-week-7/ Football Mon, 2 Oct 2017 12:25:49 AM Erin Reynolds and John Saltzman, KOMU 8 Digital Producers 2017 FNF Play of the Week- Week 7

COLUMBIA - Vote now for the Friday Night Fever Week Seven Play of the Week! This week's nominees are from South Callaway High School, Hickman High School and North Callaway High School. Voting is now open and will conclude Friday at 3 p.m. The winner will be announced live from our Game of the Week during the 6 p.m. newscast and online.


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2017 FNF Play of the Week - Week 6 http://www.komu.com/news/2017-fnf-play-of-the-week-week-6/ http://www.komu.com/news/2017-fnf-play-of-the-week-week-6/ Football Sun, 24 Sep 2017 10:46:18 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer 2017 FNF Play of the Week - Week 6

COLUMBIA - Vote now for the Friday Night Fever Week Three Play of the Week! This week's nominees are from Rock Bridge High School, Battle High School and Harrisburg High School. Voting is now open, and will conclude Friday at 3 p.m. The winner will be announced live from our Game of the Week during the 6 p.m. newscast and online.


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Johnson, No. 15 Auburn run away from Missouri http://www.komu.com/news/johnson-no-15-auburn-run-away-from-missouri/ http://www.komu.com/news/johnson-no-15-auburn-run-away-from-missouri/ Football Sat, 23 Sep 2017 9:28:22 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Johnson, No. 15 Auburn run away from Missouri

COLUMBIA – Kerryon Johnson ran for five rushing touchdowns, including four in the first half, as the No. 15 Auburn Tigers (3-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) defeated the Missouri Tigers (1-3, 0-2 SEC), 51-14.

It was the first regular season meeting between the two teams.

The Mizzou loss marked the end of the team’s first ever four-game homestand to open a season. Mizzou managed one victory on Faurot Field in that span, a 72-43 win over Missouri State in the opener.

Following a Mizzou 3-and-out to start the game, Auburn came out firing on all cylinders. Auburn went 80 yards on six plays in 2:10 to score on its first possession, a 1-yard TD run by Johnson. On the ensuing Mizzou possession, Carlton Davis intercepted a tipped Drew Lock pass setting up Auburn’s offense with a short field. Seven plays later, Johnson punched in his second TD of the game on a 2-yard run.

Auburn led 14-0 after the first quarter and just over a minute into the second quarter added to the lead when Johnson scored on a second 1-yard TD run. On the next drive, Mizzou got into Auburn territory for the first time, but Lock was stripped on a would-be pass attempt and Auburn’s Marlon Davidson recovered the fumble taking it down to the Mizzou 20. Johnson would add his fourth TD of the half on a 7-yard run to make it 28-0 Auburn with 7:45 left in the half.

Mizzou’s offense shook off the turnover on its previous possession and drove 78 yards on 10 plays thanks in large part to freshman running back Larry Rountree who had 32 yards on the drive. After getting into the redzone for the first time, Lock found Damarea Crockett on a screen pass and Crockett took it the rest of the way for a 16-yard touchdown to cut the Auburn lead to 28-7. That marked Mizzou’s first touchdown since the 13:07 mark of the second quarter in the South Carolina game in Week 2, Purdue held the Tigers to one field goal in Week 3.

Daniel Carlson added a 41-yard field goal late in the half to extend Auburn’s lead to 31-7 at halftime. While Marching Mizzou and the Golden Girls performed “Stayin’ Alive” and other songs from “Saturday Night Fever” to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary at the half, the hopes for a Mizzou victory weren’t living up to the BeeGees hit.

Johnson continued his scoring prowess in the second half, adding his fifth rushing touchdown of the game on a third 1-yard TD run as Auburn took a 31-point lead just under five minutes into the third quarter. Following a quick 3-and-out for the Mizzou offense, Auburn’ quarterback Jarrett Stidham found Nate Craig-Myers on the first play of the drive for a 57-yard touchdown to make the score 45-7.

Carlson booted two long field goals, of 52 and 54 yards to add to Auburn’s lead before Lock found J’Mon Moore on a 25-yard passing TD early in the fourth quarter. It was the first  receiving TD for Moore since he had two against Missouri State. 

Lock threw for 216 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT and had two fumbles. A few bright spots for Mizzou were the performance of the freshman Rountree and seeing a healthy Crockett contribute 77 all-purpose yards including the receiving TD. Defensively, safety Anthony Sherrils had a strong game tying for the team-lead with seven tackles and defensive lineman Kobie Whiteside added five tackles and a sack.

Mizzou has a bye week next week ahead of an Oct. 7 game at Kentucky, the Tigers return home on Oct. 21 for Homecoming 106 against Idaho.


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LIVE BLOG: No. 15 Auburn at Missouri Football http://www.komu.com/news/live-blog-no-15-auburn-at-missouri-football/ http://www.komu.com/news/live-blog-no-15-auburn-at-missouri-football/ Football Sat, 23 Sep 2017 6:24:05 PM Reese Johnson and Ben Burke, KOMU 8 Sports Reporters LIVE BLOG: No. 15 Auburn at Missouri Football

COLUMBIA - It's a battle of Tigers at Faurot Field as the No. 15 Auburn Tigers (2-1, 0-0 Southeastern Conference) make their first ever trip to Columbia to take on the Missouri Tigers (1-2, 0-1 SEC). This is the final game of an unprecedented four-game homestand to open the season for Mizzou.

Mizzou is coming off a 35-3 loss last week to the Purdue Boilermakers in which the Tigers were held to a season-low 203 total yards. Auburn won its Homecoming game 24-10 over Mercer of the Football Championship Subdivision last week at Jordan-Hare Stadium. 

The all-time series is knotted at one game a piece, with Auburn having won the last matchup 59-42 in the 2013 SEC Championship game. This is the first regular season game between the two teams as Mizzou completes its first full rotation of crossover games with the SEC West this season. 

Tweets in this live blog will appear with the newest posts first. Follow KOMU reporters Reese Johnson (@rcjnews) and Ben Burke (@Ben_J_Burke) following the game for postgame coverage.


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2017 FNF Play of the Week - Week 5 http://www.komu.com/news/2017-fnf-play-of-the-week-week-5/ http://www.komu.com/news/2017-fnf-play-of-the-week-week-5/ Football Sun, 17 Sep 2017 11:44:41 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer 2017 FNF Play of the Week - Week 5

COLUMBIA - Vote now for the Friday Night Fever Week Three Play of the Week! This week's candidates are from Rock Bridge High School, Osage High School and Westran High School. Voting is now open, and will conclude Friday at 3 p.m. The winner will be announced live from our Game of the Week during the 6 p.m. newscast and online.


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Missouri looks for answers after blowout loss http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-looks-for-answers-after-blowout-loss/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-looks-for-answers-after-blowout-loss/ Football Sun, 17 Sep 2017 6:38:52 PM Anthony Romano, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Missouri looks for answers after blowout loss

COLUMBIA - The result blindsided the Missouri Tigers.

"To be honest, we had our best week of preparation this week," said redshirt senior linebacker Eric Beisel. "It just kind of shocked us."

What Beisel is referring to is the Tigers' 35-3 loss at the hands of the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday, which came in front of an announced crowd of 53,262 that thinned to a mere fraction of that by halftime.

"Everything felt and looked and smelled right," said Missouri Head Coach Barry Odom about his team's optimism before the game. "We obviously didn't execute very good early on on either side of the ball."

Purdue dominated from the opening possession, scoring touchdowns on its first three drives to open up a 21-0 lead on Missouri before the Tigers even managed a first down. That deficit left the Mizzou offense in a hole it could not climb out of.

"I don't even know if it's what they're doing," said junior quarterback Drew Lock. "As an offense and as a quarterback, you're going to think it was on us today. It's not what they're doing, it's us, and I truly do think that."

No matter the reason, Missouri's offense clearly struggled moving the ball against Purdue, advancing across midfield only three times in the game. The Tigers' lone score came on a 29-yard Tucker McCann field goal near the end of the first half.

"When you lose in that fashion, you're not really excited about the way you played in any aspect, in any area," Odom said.

Missouri's loss Saturday was its 16th in 19 tries against "Power Five" conference opponents in the Drew Lock era. The road only gets tougher for the Tigers with No. 15 Auburn coming to Faurot Field next week looking to hand Missouri its third loss in a row.

"I'm kind of at a loss for words," Beisel said. "But we'll be back in there early tomorrow and get back to work. You know we got a problem so the next step is just fixing it."

After Auburn, the Tigers play five of their final eight games away from home, including a non-conference trip to Connecticut. The only remaining non-SEC opponent on Missouri's home schedule comes in its homecoming game against Idaho.


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Missouri falls flat in 32-point loss to Purdue http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-falls-flat-in-32-point-loss-to-purdue/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-falls-flat-in-32-point-loss-to-purdue/ Football Sat, 16 Sep 2017 8:23:16 PM Andrew Carlson, KOMU 8 Sports Missouri falls flat in 32-point loss to Purdue

COLUMBIA - A 66-yard punt from Missouri Punter Corey Fatony is about the only positive to take from the Tigers' 35-3 home loss at the hands of the Purdue Boilermakers.

"Everything felt and looked and smelled right...so we obviously didn't execute very good early on, on either side of the ball," Missouri Head Coach Barry Odom said after his defense allowed 477 total yards to the Boilermakers.

After nursing a bruised tailbone during the week, running back Damarea Crockett led the Tigers in carries with 10, rushing for just 19 yards. Missouri rushed for 70 total yards on the day.

Quarterback Drew Lock did not throw for a touchdown on the day, but turned the ball over twice by way of interception. Lock ended up with just 133 yards on the day.

The Missouri defense finished the day with three sacks, but Purdue Quarterback David Blough finished with just six incompletions.

Missouri's next game will be at home on September 23, time is to be announced.


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FNF Week 5: Hickman to honor late Coach Monroe with memorial http://www.komu.com/news/fnf-week-5-hickman-to-honor-late-coach-monroe-with-memorial/ http://www.komu.com/news/fnf-week-5-hickman-to-honor-late-coach-monroe-with-memorial/ Football Fri, 15 Sep 2017 3:44:19 PM Anthony Romano, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter FNF Week 5: Hickman to honor late Coach Monroe with memorial

COLUMBIA - He was a man known by many names. 'Coach' to some. 'Dad' to others. Most people just called him 'Spanky.'

His name was Arnel Monroe, and he was Hickman High School's head football coach from 2011 until his sudden death in June 2016.

While his death stunned the Hickman community at the time, more than a year later, his memory is alive and well among the Kewpie faithful.

"One of the biggest things he would have been proud of is that he's left such a legacy," said Monroe's daughter Alyssa Galbreath. "I'm proud that so many people were honored to have him in their lives"

Those who knew Monroe best know he embodied the Hickman spirit of being a fighter.

"Kewpies are known for being fighters and he always stressed it," said Hickman Assistant Coach Dana Chambers. "Fight to the end, fight for the next play, fight for the first down. Fighting spirit is what he'll leave."

Though Monroe's fight ended a year ago, the Hickman community is honoring his legacy by dedicating a pavilion behind the scoreboard in his name before the Kewpies' game against crosstown rival Rock Bridge.

"I think this is just another time that we can come together and support one another in a time of loss and a celebration as we dedicate this pavilion to him," said Hickman Athletic Director J.D. Coffman.

In addition to the pavilion, Monroe is also remembered through a scholarship in his name given to two Hickman seniors each year: one football player and one non-football player.

"My dad was a firm believer in education both on and off the field and I'd like to continue that legacy," Galbreath said about the scholarship.

While Hickman-Rock Bridge, often dubbed the "Providence Bowl," is usually known for its on-field rivalry, the two schools have come together over the past year in the wake of tragedy.

"Hickman was hurting last year and Rock Bridge came to our aid," Galbreath said. "One of the classiest things that happened last year was Rock Bridge showing up in their jerseys to the memorial. The rivalry is huge, but it's even bigger when we come together and support each other."


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Friday Night Fever Presents: Opening Drive Week 5 http://www.komu.com/news/friday-night-fever-presents-opening-drive-week-5/ http://www.komu.com/news/friday-night-fever-presents-opening-drive-week-5/ Football Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:13:49 AM Ben Burke and Evan Lachnit: KOMU 8 Sports Reporters Friday Night Fever Presents: Opening Drive Week 5

COLUMBIA - KOMU 8 Sports Reporters Ben Burke and Evan Lachnit bring you highlights and analysis of from week four of Friday Night Fever, and get you all set for week five's biggest games in Mid-Missouri.


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2017 FNF Play of the Week - Week 4 http://www.komu.com/news/2017-fnf-play-of-the-week-week-4/ http://www.komu.com/news/2017-fnf-play-of-the-week-week-4/ Football Sun, 10 Sep 2017 11:18:22 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer 2017 FNF Play of the Week - Week 4

COLUMBIA - Vote now for the Friday Night Fever Week Three Play of the Week! This week's candidates are from Rock Bridge High School, North Callaway High School and South Callaway High School. Voting is now open, and will conclude Friday at 3 p.m. The winner will be announced live from our Game of the Week during the 6 p.m. newscast and online.


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Mizzou relieves defensive coordinator of duties http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-relieves-defensive-coordinator-of-duties/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-relieves-defensive-coordinator-of-duties/ Football Sun, 10 Sep 2017 7:52:10 PM Ethan Stein, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou relieves defensive coordinator of duties

COLUMBIA - University of Missouri Head Football coach Barry Odom has announced that Defensive Coordinator and Inside Linebackers coach DeMontie Cross has been relieved of his coaching duties, effective immediately.

The move comes one day after Mizzou Football's 31-13 loss to South Carolina at Faurot Field. 

“I am very appreciative of all that DeMontie has done for Mizzou, and am sorry that this did not work out, however, after careful evaluation, I believe it is important to make this change now," Odom said in a statement released by the school Sunday evening. 

Cross inherited a great defense that has struggled the past two years.  In 2015, the defense gave up an average of 16.2 points a game and was ranked No. 6 in total yard per game.

In 2016, the first year under Cross, the defense gave up an average of 31.5 points a game and was ranked No. 118 in total defense.   

Through two games, The Tigers have the nations 90th ranked defense giving up an average of 426 yards a game.  This seasons, the team has allowed an average of 37 points a game.

The Missouri defense surrendered 31 points and 359 yards to the Gamecocks Saturday night and gave up 43 points and 492 yards to FCS opponent Missouri State in the season opener prior to Saturday's loss.

Cross was a former member of Odom's original staff and was also a former MU football player; he returned to his alma mater with 18 years of coaching experience. Cross spent 12 seasons with Power 5 programs and five more seasons in the National Football League. 

Cross will be paid based upon the terms of his contract, according to MU officials. 

Ethan Illers contributed to this report


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South Carolina knocks off Missouri in 2017 SEC football opener http://www.komu.com/news/south-carolina-knocks-off-missouri-in-2017-sec-football-opener/ http://www.komu.com/news/south-carolina-knocks-off-missouri-in-2017-sec-football-opener/ Football Sat, 9 Sep 2017 9:12:15 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter South Carolina knocks off Missouri in 2017 SEC football opener

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Gamecocks (2-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) retained the Mayor's Cup for the second straight season with a 31-13 victory over the Missouri Tigers (1-1, 0-1 SEC) in both teams' 2017 SEC football opener.

With the victory, South Carolina evened the all-time series at 4-4. South Carolina has a 2-1 advantage in Columbia "West" (Columbia, Missouri) and a 2-1 advantage in Columbia "East" (Columbia, South Carolina) 2-1, while Mizzou leads 2-0 in neutral site games. 

South Carolina lead 14-10 at halftime following a wild sequence at the start of the second quarter in which the teams scored three times in 30 seconds.

Missouri had a 10-0 lead with 13:07 left in the first half on a 61-yard TD pass from junior quarterback Drew Lock to senior tight end Jason Reese. Deebo Samuel took the ensuing kickoff back 97 yards, his second 97-yard kickoff return in as many weeks, for a South Carolina TD to make the score 10-7 Mizzou. Lock threw an interception on Mizzou's first play from scrimmage following the first Samuel TD and Samuel promptly scored on a 25-yard run on the Gamecocks' first play after the INT. 

Tucker McCann had a chance to cut the South Carolina lead to one with 1:12 left in the half, but his 25-yard field goal attempt was blocked. 

The Gamecocks struck first in the second half, marching down the field in nine plays after starting at their own 20 and scoring on a 39-yard TD pass from sophomore QB Jake Bentley to junior TE Hayden Hurst to put South Carolina up 21-10.

Mizzou’s quick strike offense answered back, moving 73 yards in 2:04 prior to a 22-yard field goal by McCann to get the Tigers within eight. On the ensuing drive, the Gamecocks chewed more clock on an 11-play drive that took 6:06 ending in a 32-yard field goal by Alexander Woznick.

The Tigers had a chance to get back into the game after the defense forced a three-and-out deep in South Carolina territory, but Johnathon Johnson muffed the Gamecocks punt and South Carolina recovered at the Mizzou 44.

South Carolina took advantage of the turnover and punched in the game’s dagger going up 31-13 after Hurst took an end-around, broke a few tackles and burst into the endzone for a two-yard TD run with 10:25 left in regulation. 

The teams traded possessions the remainder of the game, as the Gamecocks ultimately went back to "Columbia East" victorious.

[AUTHOR'S NOTE: Some of the content of this article has appeared in the live blog of this game; some of it is verbatim, some has been altered to reflect the outcome of the game.]


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LIVE BLOG: South Carolina at Missouri Football http://www.komu.com/news/live-blog-south-carolina-at-missouri-football/ http://www.komu.com/news/live-blog-south-carolina-at-missouri-football/ Football Sat, 9 Sep 2017 5:50:09 PM Reese Johnson and Evan Lachnit, KOMU 8 Sports Reporters LIVE BLOG: South Carolina at Missouri Football

COLUMBIA - The Mayor's Cup is on the line as the Missouri Tigers (1-0, 0-0 Southeastern Conference) host the South Carolina Gamecocks (1-0, 0-0 SEC) in both teams' 2017 conference opener. South Carolina currently holds the Mayor's Cup following a 31-21 victory last year. 

Mizzou leads the all-time series 4-3, with both each team having one victory in Columbia "West" (Columbia, Missouri); South Carolina has the advantage in Columbia "East" (Columbia, South Carolina) 2-1, while Mizzou leads 2-0 in neutral site games. 

The Tigers are coming off a 72-43 victory over the Missouri State Bears at Faurot Field, a game in which junior quarterback Drew Lock set school records for passing yards (521) and passing touchdowns (seven); the passing touchdown mark also tied an SEC record. Lock's effort was enough to win the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week award.

The Gamecocks opened their season with a 35-28 victory over North Carolina State last week at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Wide reciever Deebo Samuel had three total touchdowns for South Carolina, including a 97-yard kickoff return TD.

This blog will be updated throughout the game with updates and images from Faurot Field.  Follow KOMU 8 Sports Reporters Reese Johnson (@RCJNews) and Evan Lachnit (@Evan_lachnit96) on Twitter for in-game updates. Tweets will be displayed in real-time (e.g. earliest tweets shown first).

FIRST HALF RECAP: South Carolina lead 14-10 at the end of the first half following a wild sequence at the start of the second quarter in which the teams scored three times in 30 seconds.

Missouri took a 10-0 lead with 13:07 left in the quarter on a 61-yard TD pass from Lock to tight end Jason Reese. Samuel took the ensuing kickoff back 97 yards for a South Carolina TD to make the score 10-7 Mizzou. Lock threw an interception on Mizzou's first play from scrimmage following the first Samuel TD and Samuel promptly scored on a 25-yard run on the Gamecocks' first play after the INT. 

The Tigers had a chance to cut the lead to one late in the half, but Tucker McCann's 25-yard field goal attempt was blocked with 1:12 to play. 

[AUTHOR'S NOTE: Embedded Tweets have been deleted from this blog due to technical issues. Tweets continue on the reporters' accounts listed in the story.]


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Friday Night Fever Presents: Opening Drive Week Four http://www.komu.com/news/friday-night-fever-presents-opening-drive-week-four/ http://www.komu.com/news/friday-night-fever-presents-opening-drive-week-four/ Football Fri, 8 Sep 2017 10:26:11 PM Ben Burke and Evan Lachnit: KOMU 8 Sports Reporters Friday Night Fever Presents: Opening Drive Week Four

COLUMBIA - KOMU 8 Sports Reporters Ben Burke and Evan Lachnit bring you highlights and analysis of from week three of Friday Night Fever, and get you all set for week four's biggest games in Mid-Missouri.


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