The Waynesville High School varsity football team won their first game of the year during their home opener Friday, beating the visiting Kickapoo Chiefs from Springfield, Missouri, 30-7. It was the first time the Tigers beat the Chiefs since 2014.
Senior running back Shen Butler-Lawson scored first for the Tigers on a 10-yard touchdown run for an early lead.
Tied at 7 at halftime, the Tiger defense held the Chiefs scoreless in the second half, while the Tiger offense racked up 23 points on another touchdown run by Butler-Lawson, a 15-yard rushing touchdown by freshman Evander Bradford, a 49-yard touchdown run by sophomore Eric Richardson and a 30-yard field goal by Aaron Choi.
Senior linebacker Maurice Fiame led the WHS defense with 14 tackles, followed by seniors Deron Anderson and Josh Ash with nine tackles each and senior Ian Williams with eight — including a sack and four quarterback hits.
Butler-Lawson led on offense with 33 rushing yards and two touchdowns along with four receptions for 61 yards.
Up next: The Tigers play host to the three-time defending district champion Lebanon Yellowjackets Friday at Tiger Stadium. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.
In other WHS sports:
The WHS cross-country teams competed in their first meet of the season at the Jim Marshall Invitational in Jefferson City, Missouri, Saturday morning.
The WHS boys’ team was led by Bryan O’Barr, who completed the hilly 5K course in 16:40 to earn a second overall finish in the race. He was followed by teammates Alejandro Malave (19:18), Keaton Noah (19:44), Gabe Golinghorst (19:49), Evan Nitchman (20:03), Luther Supancic (20:03) and R.J. Angulo (20:39).
Madelyn Newsom led the WHS girls’ team, placing seventh overall with a time of 21:55. Katelyn VanBelkum followed, placing 14th with a time of 22:39. Rounding out the girls varsity race was Chambre Garcia (24:21), Jordan Nitchman (24:54), Lily Peace (25:22), Mackenzie McCurdy (26:01) and Skye Scott (27:14).
Waynesville’s junior-varsity girls’ team brought home a second-place plaque.
“It was great to finally get everyone racing,” WHS coach Nicole Jarman said. “Many of these kids have been training all summer for this day and for the upcoming races of our season. Bryan O’Barr had an outstanding summer of training and is looking to compete hard this season.”
Up next: The WHS cross-country teams compete Tuesday in Lebanon.
The Tigers varsity boys’ soccer team won their second match of the season, securing a 9-2 win over the visiting Hillcrest High School Hornets from Springfield, Missouri.
The victory followed the team’s 1-3 loss to Republic on Aug. 30, and was followed by 1-0 loss to Central High School Sept. 5.
Up next: The Waynesville Tigers are scheduled to play host to the visiting Willard, Missouri, Tigers at 6:40 p.m. tonight at Anderson Soccer Field in Waynesville.
The WHS varsity softball team beat the visiting Hillcrest Hornets 9-6 Sept. 5.
The Tigers got on the scoreboard in the first inning, with Bailey Shultz hitting into a fielder’s choice that scored a run. The Tigers added three runs in the sixth inning on combined hits from Taylor King, Schultz and Katie Spencer. Isabella Pondrom earned the win for the Tigers on the mound. She allowed four hits, six runs and struck out 14 over seven innings.
Up next: The Tigers are scheduled to play the Zizzers at 4:30 p.m. today in West Plains, Missouri.