GRANBY — With the expansion of the Big 8 Conference to 14 schools and playing a full nine-game schedule of Big 8 opponents (six division, three non-division) coming up next season, Friday night’s game for the East Newton Patriots might have been their last non-conference game.

El Dorado Springs came into Don Johnston Stadium — on the Patriots’ Homecoming — and played spoiler with a 46-0 win over the winless Patriots.

The Patriots and the Bulldogs played a scoreless first quarter and it was Trenton Hardie’s 1-yard touchdown run with 5 minutes, 10 seconds remaining before halftime that broke the scoreless spell.

El Dorado Springs scored another touchdown and conversion late in the first half to go into intermission ahead 16-0.

Hardie, Colton Collins, and Tanner Witt scored touchdowns in the second half.

On a better note, Isaiah Stewart and Ashlyn Kirby were named king and queen.

East Newton, 0-7 overall and 0-5 Big 8, returns to action in Week 8 against McDonald County. The much-improved Mustangs improved to 4-3 overall and 2-3 Big 8 with their 21-18 win Friday night over Monett … so far this season, the Mustangs have avenged four losses from last season.

Miller blanks Diamond
DIAMOND — The Miller Cardinals spoiled Diamond’s Senior Night with a 36-0 win Friday night in Spring River Valley Conference action.

Diamond fell to 0-7 overall and 0-5 SRVC, and the Wildcats hit the road in Week 8 for their final SRVC game of the season against Liberal. The Bulldogs have won three straight games overall and two in the SRVC after their 25-21 win Friday night over Jasper. Liberal stands at 4-3 overall.

Miller gave Diamond its fourth shutout loss of the season.