Pierce City raised its football record to 4-3 on Friday with a 49-14 win over Sarcoxie on the road. With Pierce City quarterback Wayne Sooter completing every pass he threw and Garrett Garman making his debut as an extra point kicker who hit every time, the Eagles were in control the entire game and had a five-touchdown lead by halftime.
Pierce City's defense made it tough for Sarcoxie from the outset. After receiving the kick-off, the Bears' runningback Ryan Barnard gained no yards on his first run. An incomplete pass and a quarterback sack ended the drive.
The Eagles received the punt at midfield and took four plays to score. The first effort lost yards, and the second was an incomplete pass. Sooter then hooked a pass to tight end Jared Barchak for a 13-yard gain. Then runningback Cody Cox found daylight along the left sideline and rambled 37 yards to score. Garman booted the extra point to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead after almost four minutes of action.
Sarcoxie quarterback Nathan Freelend broke free for 19 yards to get the Bears over midfield in two plays on the next drive. Freelend's second pass of the night was snagged by Pierce City's Mitchell Gibson, who ran it back to the Bears' 32-yard line.
Four plays later, the Eagles would score again. Barchak gained 28 yards on a Sooter pass and then Cox barreled one yard to score. Garman's kick made it 14-0 with 3:18 left in the quarter.
Sarcoxie gained seven yards in four plays then kicked it back. Pierce City fullback Curtis Palmer broke tackles for a 16-yard gain, followed by two carries by runningback Alex Clayton for 17 yards. On the first play of the second quarter, Sooter lobbed a pass to Gibson, who had outrun his defender 30 yards downfield in the end zone. Garman's kick made it 21-0.
Sarcoxie then rallied on a 13-yard run by runningback Aaron Parsons. A perfect misdirection play fooled the Pierce City defense, allowing Freelend to break free for a 56-yard run to score. The two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the score at 21-6 with one minute gone in the second quarter.
Pierce City's next drive came up short. The snap on the punt play was mishandled, forcing a run that gave Sarcoxie possession on the Bears' 40-yard line. Despite a 14-yard run by Freelend, the drive died after two incomplete passes, giving Pierce City possession around midfield.
Two plays later, Cox broke loose for 42 yards, taking the Eagles to the two-yard line. Sooter carried it over. Garman's kick made the score 28-6 with six minutes to play in the half.
Sarcoxie mounted a strong nine-play drive that ran out of steam at midfield. An incomplete pass on fourth down gave the Eagles possession. On the next play, Sooter handed the ball off to Garman, who shot a pass to Gibson near the 20-yard line. Gibson spun around after tucking in the ball, shook free of his tackler and ran the distance unhindered to score. Garman's kick put the score at 35-6 with a minute to play.
Pierce City defensive lineman Aaron Crouch recovered a dropped Sarcoxie handoff, and the Eagles had the ball again at the Sarcoxie 22-yard line. Two plays later, Sooter shot an 18-yard pass into the hands of Gibson, who was all alone in the end zone. The catch gave Gibson a 100-yard quarter and raised the score to 42-6 with Garman's kick.
As the third quarter began, the Eagles were still hot. Runs by Garman and Palmer got the ball over midfield in three plays. Cox then plowed through a pile of defenders, kept his feet and dashed 47 yards for the TD. Garman's extra point put the score at 49-6 almost three minutes into the quarter.
Sarcoxie then mounted its longest drive of the night, marching 77 yards in 10 plays to the Eagles three-yard line. Attempting to score on fourth down, Freelend was sacked by Sooter to end the drive and the quarter on the Sarcoxie eight-yard line.
Reserves then came in the Pierce City. The Eagles punted the ball for the first time all night after four plays. Sarcoxie took possession on the Pierce City 35-yard line and moved in to score on runs by Parsons, Nate Bloss, Colton West and Barnard, who got the last yard. Parsons ran the two-point conversion to end scoring at 49-14 with five minutes left on the clock.
Pierce City gave up possession in its final drive on a fumble, and Sarcoxie punted it back after four plays as time ran out.
Cox led the Eagles with 129 yards on six carries. Gibson had 100 yards on three carries. Freelend was Sarcoxie's top rusher with 85 yards on eight carries. Parsons had 73 yards on nine carries.
Pierce City is at home on Friday against Stockton.
In other bi-county games on Friday, Fair Grove overpowered Marionville 45-7, and Miller scored five touchdowns in the first half on the way to a 47-14 win over Diamond.