Pirates unable to finish last-ditch rally in state quarterfinal loss
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Pirates unable to finish last-ditch rally in state quarterfinal loss

Hannibal football coach Mark St. Clair believed there was enough time remaining for either Dezi Jones or Danny Colborn to make the catch and get to the ground in order to call a timeout to set up one final play.

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Champaign Dreams: Central breaks through to first state title game
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Champaign Dreams: Central breaks through to first state title game

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Pirates play St. Clair way to final snap
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Pirates play St. Clair way to final snap

Each teary-eyed player that came into the coaching office to shake Mark St. Clair's hand, hug him or simply say thank you made it tougher and tougher for him to keep his emotions in check. When the locker room finally fell quiet, St. Clair sat alone, lowered his head and took a moment to breathe. His coaching career and the Hannibal football team's remarkable season were over. That's a hard reality to accept, no matter if you're a 17-year-old student-athlete or a 54-year-old coach.

Clark County overwhelmed by powerful Blair Oaks in quarterfinals
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Clark County overwhelmed by powerful Blair Oaks in quarterfinals

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Panthers' defense stonewalls potent Bomber offense
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Panthers' defense stonewalls potent Bomber offense

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QU's Leonard named GLVC Defensive Player of the Year
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QU's Leonard named GLVC Defensive Player of the Year

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Whitaker's presence helping Pirates' offense thrive
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Whitaker's presence helping Pirates' offense thrive

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Prep football preview: MICDS at Hannibal

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Brock leads contingent of all-state football honorees

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Prep football preview: Central at Argenta-Oreana

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