The long awaited match-up between Reeds Spring and Springfield Catholic took place last night, in front of a huge crowd, at Carl Langley Field. And as many expected, going into the season, the final Small Central Ozarks Conference Championships was on the line.
The teams had been part of a three way tie with Bolivar a year ago. This season both defeated the Liberators, as well as all other schools in the league. This set up the winner take all game for the title.
Reeds Spring would take the opening kickoff and only use one minute to get on the scoreboard. Kelly Newton scored the first of this two touchdowns on the night on a 69 yard run.
It would not take the Wolves long to strike again. 1:19 later it was Seth Stamps crossing the goal line on a 39-yard score to make it 14-0 while people were still arriving.
Catholic would answer with its best drive of the night. They took six minutes to drive the field and ended with a Tyson Riley, one yard score.
That would be it for the Irish on the night. Reeds Spring added another Stamps score in the final minute of the first quarter. And, Reeds Spring led 21-7 after the first twelve minutes.
Kelly Newton broke loose on a 67 yard score in the second quarter and the Wolves were able to cruise from there.
Cole Watson got is name in the scoring column with a fourth quarter touchdown that gave us the 35-7 final.
Reeds Spring would rack up 332 rushing yards in the first half alone. Kelly Newton ran unofficially for 243 yards for the night on just 11 carries. The senior fullback has now rushed for over 1400 on the season.
The Reeds Spring defense frustrated Riley and the Irish offense most of the night.
The Championship is the first ever outright COC title for Wolves. The last time they had a Conference title to themselves was 1981 as members of the Green County League.