Chaden Brandt's 95 yard kickoff return with :55 seconds to play lifted the Nevada Tigers to a thrilling 35-28 win over the Smith-Cotton Tigers Friday night in Sedalia. The return capped off a night of big plays for Nevada that led the Tigers to their first win of the season and first ever win in West Central Conference play. It was the Nevada defense that staked the Tigers to a 13-0 lead when Austin Deer returned a Smith-Cotton fumble 30 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and then early in the second period, Brandt picked off a Smith-Cotton pass and returned it 88 yards for the defense's second score. Brandt would add a 54 yard TD run before the half and Nevada had a 21-7 lead at the break. The Tigers extended that lead to 27-7 early in the third quarter with a 75 yard jaunt from Taylor Manes. Smith-Cotton stormed back with three unanswered scores and took a 28-27 lead with 1:12 to play. That's when Brandt, on the ensuing kickoff, had to go back to the 5 yard line to pick up a kick that sailed over his head and managed to navigate his way to the endzone to score the game winner with less than a minute to play. Nevada improved to 1-4 on the season and 1-3 in WCC play while Smith-Cotton fell to 3-2 and 1-2. The Tigers return home next Friday night to host the Seneca Indians at Logan Field.
In other West Central Conference action Friday night...
Warrensburg 44 Clinton 6
The Rich Hill Tigers nearly repeated last week's come from behind win Friday night but a late fourth quarter rally came up short and the Tigers were defeated by the Osceola Indians 21-13. Trailing by eight late in the fourth quarter, Rich Hill had one more drive going but the Indians picked off a Tiger pass with eight seconds to play to seal the win. Rich Hill falls to 2-3 on the season while Osceola improved to 4-1. Rich Hill hits the road next Friday night traveling to Drexel.
In other Western Missouri Conference play Friday night...
Adrian 48 Archie 12
Other area high school football action Friday night...
The Nevada Lady Tiger softball team brought back a fifth place finish Saturday in the final day of the UCM Jennies High School Softball Tournament in Warrensburg. After going 1-1 in pool play on Friday, the Lady Tigers opened play Saturday with a 6-5 win over Higginsville. In the fifth place game, Nevada easily got past Odessa 11-1 and finished first in the "Silver" bracket but fifth overall. Nevada, now 10-9 on the season, returns home Monday to face the Carthage Lady Tigers at Bushwhacker Field. First pitch is at 5:00 p.m. with pregame at 4:45 p.m. on AM 1240, KNEM, www.knemknmo.com and www.nevadamotv.com.
The Lady Tiger tennis team of Nevada picked up a dual win on Friday as they completed a suspended match with the Monett Lady Cubs and earned a 6-3 win on the Nevada courts. The match was suspended earlier in the season by weather. The Lady Tigers picked up three wins in singles play with #4 Emma Cheaney, #5 Courtney Smith and #6 Jaiden Cherry all earning wins. The doubles teams of #1 Megan Payne/Ellie Pruitt, #2 Sydnie Baker/Smith and #3 Cheaney/Cherry were all winners for Nevada.
The St. Louis Cardinals continue to build their lead in the National League Central Division with a week to go in the regular season. The Cardinals hit three home runs, including a three run shot by Tony Cruz, and blased the Cincinnati Reds 8-4 at Busch Stadium. Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk also homered for the Redbirds. The Cardinals magic number to clinch the division is now five as they have a 3 1/2 game lead over Pittsburgh as the Pirates were defeated 1-0 by Milwuakee on Saturday. St. Louis and Cincinnati wrap up their series with a Sunday night game at 7:05 p.m. at Busch Stadium. Cardinal Network coverage starts at 6:10 p.m. on KNEM/KNMO.
The Kansas City Royals continue to lose ground to the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central race as the Tigers edged the Royals 3-2 Saturday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals lost a run in the sixth when it was ruled that Salvador Perez did not tag third base properly before coming home on a line drive out to second that ended up being thrown into left field on a double play opportunity on Eric Hosmer who was at second base. The Royals now trail the Tigers by 2 1/2 games in the division and are a slimi half-game ahead of Seattle for the second Wild Card spot. Kansas City tries to salvage the final game of the series with Detroit Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m.
The Missouri Tigers were upset by the Indian Hoosiers Saturday afternoon 31-27 at Faurot Field in Columbia. Indiana's D'Angelo Roberts scored on a three yard touchdown run with 22 seconds left to give the Hoosier's the win and drop Mizzou to 3-1 on the season heading into their SEC opener Saturday night at South Carolina. Head coach, Gary Pinkel, will be on "Tiger Talk" Monday night at 7:00 p.m. on AM 1240, KNEM.
Sunday's NFL lineup has the Kansas City Chiefs at the Miami Dolphins for a 3:25 p.m. start while the St. Louis Rams host the Dallas Cowboys at 12:00 p.m.