By BLAKE TOPPMEYER
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
MARSHALL AT HANNIBAL
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Porter Stadium, Hannibal, Mo.
Radio: KHBL 96.9 FM
Records: Marshall -- 2-5 (1-3 North Central Missouri Central). Hannibal -- 5-2 (4-1 NCMC).
Coaches: Marshall -- Jon Stockman (8-10 at Marshall, second season). Hannibal -- Mark St. Clair (137-50 at Hannibal, 17th season).
Last meeting: Oct. 31, 2012 -- Hannibal 34, Marshall 13. The Pirates led 20-13 at halftime before Jahwaun Cassidy broke the game open with an 81-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half.
Hannibal's Dalton Powell was 6-of-11 passing more 146 yards. The win pushed Hannibal into the district championship game.
Playing for seeding: Moberly took control of the NCMC race with its 56-36 win over Hannibal on Friday. With the Pirates' NCMC destiny now out of their hands, St. Clair said the focus now becomes improving their district seeding.
If seeds for the Class 4 District 6 tournament came out today, Hannibal would be seeded third behind Moberly and Jefferson City Helias. The Pirates play Helias next week.
"District seedings are up for grabs," St. Clair said. "It's not been hard to motivate them. I don't think they were happy with their performance last Friday."
The key to improvement starts with Hannibal's defense, which is allowing 26.5 points per game.
"We've got a little bit more urgency about us on the defensive side, and I think we have their attention now," St. Clair said.
Injury report: St. Clair said there is a good chance senior lineman Jordan Wilson will play Friday. Wilson was taken off in an ambulance after remaining on the ground for about 15 minutes after a play Friday. St. Clair said Wilson sustained a sprained back.
Scouting Marshall: The Owls are coming off of a 31-0 win over Truman, a winless Class 5 squad.
Marshall's offense revolves around junior running back Devin Cott and senior running back Tyler Cott. Devin Cott has 485 yards on 103 carries with four touchdowns, and Tyler Cott has 326 yards on 87 carries with three TDs.
Seniors Zach Glassmaker and Canaan Heinzler have shared the duties at quarterback, with Glassmaker 22-of-49 passing for 278 yards with a TD and five interceptions and Heinzler 21 of 47 for 181 yards with five interceptions.
The Cotts also lead the defense with 49 total tackles each.
"They're going to pack eight or nine in the box on us on defense," St. Clair said. "They've been doing that all year long on teams."