EAST PRAIRIE -- Quarterback Dez Johnson ran for one touchdown and threw for another, but the East Prairie Eagles had little else going in a 34-13 loss to Mountain View Liberty on Friday.
"We just couldn't get anything going," said East Prairie coach Jason Aycock. "This game was won and lost on the line of scrimmage. They whipped us up front. We never could get anything sustained. With our offense, if you can't get certain plays sustained then it's not going to go."
Johnson's 9-yard TD run knotted the score at 7-7 after the first period, then Mountain View scored twice in the second quarter to take a 21-0 lead into the locker room at the half.
East Prairie's final score came on a 15-yard pass play from Johnson to tight end Ben Walters.
Mountain View capitalized on several Eagle mistakes.
Said Aycock, "The little things got us tonight, such as holding on to the football."
Running back Anthony Smith led the Eagle's ground game with 69 yards on 15 trips and Johnson had 56 in 14 carries.
In passing statistics, Johnson was 11-of-17 for 122 yards with two interceptions. Preston Shoemaker led all Eagle receivers with seven catches for 69 yards and Walters had four grabs for 53 yards.
East Prairie (0-2) hosts Scott City on Friday at 7 p.m.
KENNETT - Even though the Kennett Indians have improved tremendously from a season ago, the Caruthersville Tigers seem to be the team that may be on their way to the Edward Jones Dome for the Class 2 state championship this season after finishing in the final four last year.
The high-powered offense of the Tigers racked up 353 yards and defeated the Indians 60-0 Friday night at Metz Cherry Stadium.
Sophomore Kendrickus Reed powered his way to a 130-yard rushing performance on the evening while quarterback Keith Creekmore went 7-for-9 passing for 131 yards.
The Indians could only manage 92 total yards of offense on the night. Kennett's leading rusher was Dontavis Jones with 34 yards.
All the momentum that the Indians had was stopped on their first possession of the game when they fell on fourth-and-15 from the Caruthersville 30 yardline.
Adam Cecil's 55-yard reverse got the Tigers into excellent scoring position down to the Indian 23, but a late hit enabled the ball to be placed at the KHS 11.
On the next play Creekmore found Evan Gipson for the game's first score.
After a three yard Kennett punt, Reed scored from 20 yards out to put the Tigers up 14-0 following the Joe Mixon PAT.
Following another Indians' punt, Plessie Ellitt got into the mix with a five-yard TD reception from Creekmore to extend the lead to 20-0 to end the first quarter after the PAT was wide right.