Liberty North reaches first-ever semifinal

By Matthew Schoch The Springfield News-Leader
Posted: November 17, 2013 - 12:06 PM

The Bolivar High School football seniors took one last walk together down the Plaster Stadium field following Saturday's Class 4 quarterfinal.

The team's two leaders took the longest to get off the field. Seniors Drew Legan and Rafe Peavey walked off arm-in-arm, stopping at the 50-yard line to kneel one last time, crying and talking each other through the painful moments.

"He's one of my best friends here, and I'm just going to miss playing football with him," Peavey said. "I've been blessed with a great community and great coaches, and I have the best teammates. I'm just going to miss it so much.

"It stinks that it's came to an end, but that's in God's plan so I'm trusting in him."

The Liberators had their record-breaking, 12-win season end in a 35-0 loss to Liberty North as the much bigger Eagles dominated in the trenches.

Fourth-year school Liberty North (9-4) advanced to the semifinals for the first time and will play at Jefferson City Helias next week. The Eagles rushed 49 times for 387 yards on a windy afternoon at Southwest Baptist University.

"Liberty was just really big, really physical," Bolivar coach Lance Roweton said. "They could line up, turn around and hand off, and we had a hard time stopping it. And we could not do that to them, and we had a hard time running around them."

Liberty senior running back Marvin Shumate had 212 yards on 32 carries.

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