PIERCE CITY — The Pierce City Eagles were slow to start but strong to finish during their 35-0 Southwest Conference win Friday night against rival Diamond.

It was a scoreless ballgame at Don Keebaugh Stadium until Pierce City quarterback Colten O’Hara opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run as only two seconds remained on the clock in the first quarter.

O’Hara put Pierce City up 14-0 at the half with a 40-yard scoring pass to Trey Sagehorn.

The score remained 14-0 until the fourth quarter when the Eagles finally put the game away.

Chance Ford scored a TD run, O’Hara and Jackson Kleiboeker connected on a 16-yard scoring pass, and Sagehorn closed out he scoring with a 7-yard run.

Sagehorn’s score came at the 3-minute, 12-second mark of the fourth and initiated turbo clock the rest of the way.

This was a game pitting head coaches who both served as head coach at the other school — Diamond head man Mac Whitehead at Pierce City and Pierce City head coach Brad Hocker at Diamond.

Pierce City improved to 2-0 overall and SWC, and the Eagles start a stretch of five straight road games with a Week 3 battle against Sarcoxie. Pierce City’s other consecutive road games include Ash Grove (September 14), Forsyth (September 21), Marionville (September 28), and St. Michael the Archangel (October 5).

Meanwhile, Diamond, 1-1 overall and SWC, returns to action in Week 3 against Lighthouse Christian, a team 2-0 early this season with victories over Capitol Hill from Oklahoma City (36-12) and then Forsyth (54-19). Diamond and Lighthouse will clash at Springfield’s Kickapoo High School.

The Patriots of East Newton faced Lighthouse Christian in previous seasons, before the Big 8 Conference expansion rendered a nonconference schedule nonexistent for schools like East Newton.