For 15 years, most of those under the direction of Mike Rader, Lockwood dominated the football series with the Sarcoxie Bears.

For 15 years, most of those under the direction of Mike Rader, Lockwood dominated the football series with the Sarcoxie Bears.

Now, in the third year of his time as head coach, Mike Rader's son, Luke Rader led the Bears to a win over Lockwood with a 33-20 nail-biter on Friday that was closer than the final score indicates.

This game wasn't securely in the Bears' hands until late, and Luke Rader knew first hand the ability of Lockwood to come from behind.

"Yeah, we were up by 10 with 10 minutes to go last year and we lost by 12," Rader said in the fourth quarter with his Bears up by 11, 25-14, with about six minutes to go.

Sure enough, Lockwood marched down the field and scored with about 4:30 to go to make it 25-20 with the missed extra point run.

Then on its first play from scrimmage, Sarcoxie fumbled the ball, giving Lockwood good field position with about 3:20 play.

This time was different as the Sarcoxie defense held and got their offense the ball back.

Even then, the win wasn't secure as Sarcoxie's offense seemed in capable of moving the ball to get that one first down they needed to ice the game.
After a holding penalty on the Bears, Sarcoxie faced a third and 16 with 2:17 to play. That's when running back Logan took the ball around left end and got in behind the Lockwood defense for a 79-yard touchdown run.

"They took that time out before and it's a play we had run all night and I just got into the huddle and told the kids let's dig deep, one play and go get a first down here and keep the clock running," Rader said. "We ended up springing him and Logan's got some speed when he gets into the open field."

Sarcoxie moves to 3-0 with the win.

The game started out fast with both teams scoring quickly on their opening possessions for an 8-8 tie with less than five minutes gone by in the game.

Sarcoxie pulled away with two more touchdowns, but Lockwood replied to make the score 22-14 at the half.

Jones scored three touchdowns on the night and Jade Bloss scored one touchdown.

The kicking game played a big role in the game with Marcos Lopez pinning Lockwood deep with a 67-yard punt in the third quarter, then hitting a field goal to give the Bears a 25-14 cushion in the fourth quarter.
Rader said the game was tough and his players had to battle hard to win, including overcoming turnovers and penalties.

"As a coach, you don't like those things, but I'm extremely proud of our kids for being able to battle through that," Rader said. "I told them facing adversity like that and overcoming it, hopefully that's a life lesson for them. As they face adversity in life they're able to fight through it."

Lockwood Head Coach Clay Lasater said his team has some things to work on with a 1-2 record in the young season.

"Obviously we are going to be frustrated when we go back and watch the film with some missed tackles, but they're a good football team," Lasater said. "They're well coached, they play hard, they play physical and you know what you're going to get from them. They just came out and pounded it right at us. They did a good job of it."