One of the biggest questions for Joplin joining the COC is how would they compete with the physical play of a new conference. The Eagles answered that with 158 yards on the ground by Isaiah Davis and three touchdowns.
After a sloppy first quarter that saw the Eagles losing two fumbles, Joplin kept their poise to head into the locker room up 14-7. Then four rushing scores in the second half, two by Davis, one by Zach Westmoreland and another by Zech Stayton, paced the Eagles to lead by two scores or more the entire second half.
Blake Tash finished with 171 passing yards and one score to senior Jake Flowers, Nic Lewis led Joplin’s defense with seven tackles.
Next week the Eagles host bordertown rival Webb City, who defeated Class 4 power Carl Junction 42-9 to open their title defense.