The Joplin Eagles and Nixa Eagles will renew their rivalry on Friday, November 10th, in the MSHSAA Class 6 District 8 Championship Game. The game will be played at Nixa High School in Nixa, Missouri, at 7pm ET.
What it is: Missouri High School Football
Matchup: Joplin Eagles vs. Nixa Eagles
Time: Friday Nov 10, 2023, 7pm ET
Game Type: MSHSAA C6D8 District Championship
Bracket: 2023 MHSAA (Missouri) Class 6 Football State Tournament
Round: Third Round
Locations: Nixa – Nixa, MO
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The Eagles and Eagles met earlier in the season, with Nixa coming away with a 35-27 victory. However, Joplin is the higher-seeded team in this matchup, coming in at No. 6 in the state rankings, while Nixa is ranked No. 22.
The Eagles have a balanced offense, averaging 34.1 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Hobbs Gooch, who has thrown for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns this season. Gooch is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 500 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The Eagles have a more explosive offense, averaging 39.6 points per game. They are led by senior running back Carter Copeland, who has rushed for over 1,500 yards and 25 touchdowns this season. Nixa also has a solid passing attack, led by senior quarterback Tyler Henson.
Both defenses are playing at a high level, with Joplin allowing just 25.8 points per game and Nixa allowing just 21.7 points per game.
This is a rematch of a classic rivalry, and it is sure to be a close game. The Eagles will need to find a way to slow down the Eagles’ offense and control the clock. The Eagles will need to force turnovers and capitalize on their scoring opportunities.
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Both teams are evenly matched, but I am giving the edge to Nixa due to their undefeated record and their explosive offense. I predict that the Eagles will win a close game, 35-28.