Willard football defeats Ozark, 40-3, with high powered, home offense

The Willard High School football team hosted Ozark on Friday night and did not disappoint their home fans, coming away with a 40-3 win.
The Tigers ran all over Ozark, rushing for 229 yards and three total touchdowns, with Garrett Rice leading the way. Rice rushed for 98 yards on 17 carries, with two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown.
“The offensive line did great tonight,” said head coach Brock Roweton. “They were able to open up holes for our backs and keep Ozark away from our quar- terback all night long.”
After a scoreless first quarter, the Tigers found the end zone with 11:15 to go, when Rice ran it in from three yards out. Reece Dawson would hit Rice on a 40-yard pass with 1:36 to go in the half, to extend their lead to 13-0.
Neither team moved the ball well in the third quarter but Willard was able to find the end zone, with 1:41 to go, when Dawson ran it in from two yards out, to give the Tigers a 20-0 lead. Willard added another touchdown, a little over a minute later, when Dawson hit Maurice Grayer for a 31-yard touch- down pass with 21 seconds to go in the quarter, to increase their lead to 26-0.
Rice scored his final touchdown of the night with 8:02 to go in the game, run- ning it in from nine yards out, to give Willard a 33-0 lead.
After an Ozark field goal cut the Tigers lead to 33-3, Evan Hancock received the kick off from Ozark and ran it back 80 yards for Willard’s final score of the night with 55 seconds to go.
Dawson finished the night, 6-12, for 216 yards and two touchdowns. Daw- son also ran it 11 times for 33 yards with a touchdown. Rice had 98 yards on 17 carries and one catch for 40 yards, scoring a total of three touchdowns. Ethan Thompson had 45 yards on
three carries, and had two catches for 61 yards. Grayer ended the game with two catches for 81 yards and a touchdown.
With the win, Willard now has a 1-1 record and moved into first place in the Class 4, District 6 standings with 50 points. West Plains in second place with 48 points; Bolivar and Webb City both are in third place with 43 points, Neosho is in fifth place with 37 points, Carl Junction and Hillcrest are both in sixth place with 17 points and McDonald County is in eighth place with seven points.
Willard will travel to Nixa this Friday to take on the Eagles.

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