Resilient Pirates finish off district title with fourth-quarter surge
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Resilient Pirates finish off district title with fourth-quarter surge

ST. PETERS, Mo. -- When a 13-point lead evaporated in the span of 78 seconds Friday night, the Hannibal football players a decision to make. Give up or give 'em heck. How could a Mark St. Clair-coached team choose anything but the latter?

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Westran keeps Wood in check in district final

HUNTSVILLE, Mo. -- South Shelby's Brock Wood eclipsed the 2,000-yard rushing mark for the season and gained 177 yards in Friday night's Class 1 District 6 championship game. However, 93 of those yards came on one play. Wood scored one electrifying touchdow

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Pirates' chore is keeping Lions' QB under wraps

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The conversation begins with Ben Watson. It can't end there. The Hannibal football players are well aware of that. Watson is the dynamic dual-threat quarterback that has led Fort Zumwalt East to a 9-2 record and a spot...

Pennewell's return a boon to Monroe City's defense
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Pennewell's return a boon to Monroe City's defense

MONROE CITY, Mo. -- Nolan Pennewell understandably thought he'd never suit up for the Monroe City football team. A broken fibula and a chipped bone in his ankle in his left leg suffered in a loss to Macon in Week 3 was the root of his pessimism. "When I he

Central's defense leading way in playoff run
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Central's defense leading way in playoff run

CAMP POINT, Ill. -- Chayse Houston knows the importance of bringing physicality on defense. "It's a huge difference if you have linebackers or linemen going in soft because nothing will go your way," said Houston, a senior for the Central football team. "O

Hawks hang on to grab GLVC road victory
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Hawks hang on to grab GLVC road victory

LIBERTY, Mo. -- Quincy University football coach Gary Bass could tell something was a little different with his players when they arrived at Greene Stadium on Saturday. "There was a different energy all in all with the guys," Bass said. So he fed off it.

Panthers get playoff revenge, move on to quarterfinals
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Panthers get playoff revenge, move on to quarterfinals

CARROLLTON, Ill. -- Cole Williams was all smiles knowing the Central football team was heading to the Class 1A quarterfinals for the first time since 2014. Beating the team that sent the Panthers home the last two seasons made it sweeter.

Comets run over Chargers on way to quarterfinals
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Comets run over Chargers on way to quarterfinals

CARTHAGE, Ill. -- The game plan was sound. The effort was good. The opponent was better. That's not the easiest fact to accept, but the Illini West football team had to do just that Saturday. Sterling Newman Central Catholic rolled up 360 yards...

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'Necks complete incredible fourth-quarter rally

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A drought that had lasted nearly 20 years needed a 20-point rally to bring it to an end. The Western Illinois University football team outscored Southern Illinois 20-0 in the fourth quarter Saturday, getting a 33-yard field goal...

Hannibal defense stops Westminster Christian in its tracks
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Hannibal defense stops Westminster Christian in its tracks

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Chase Kirby tried to sum up how stonewalling Westminster Christian Academy short of a first down on back-to-back plays impacted the Hannibal football team. The right words eluded him the way Wildcats running back Atlin Hall couldn't.