Second opinion on thumb injury allows Clark County's Kleine to play
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Second opinion on thumb injury allows Clark County's Kleine to play

KAHOKA, Mo. -- Chayson Kleine's season nearly ended in a game that didn't even matter. Kleine suffered an injury to his right thumb during the Clark County football team's annual Scarlet and Gray scrimmage during the preseason. He said the pain felt like a

French finds footing as Pirates' top running back
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French finds footing as Pirates' top running back

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Damien French set modest expectations. The sophomore knew experienced running backs like JaQuez McGruder and Dante Reading were returning to the Hannibal football team this fall, so French figured they'd be the feature backs.

Panthers, Hawks meet again in playoffs
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Panthers, Hawks meet again in playoffs

CAMP POINT, Ill. -- Having the Central and Carrollton football teams meet in the Class 1A playoffs is starting to become the norm. It's created a rivalry between the two schools, which are in opposite divisions of the Western Illinois Valley Conference.

Blue Devils bow out in first round of playoffs again
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Blue Devils bow out in first round of playoffs again

Rick Little made it clear from the outset this season he wasn't going to be satisfied with another first-round playoff loss. That doesn't make Saturday's 34-14 loss to Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin in the first-round of the Class 6A playoffs a failure. It only makes the Quincy High School football coach even more determined to see his team achieve greatness. "When you set your goals high, the risk is that you don't reach them," Little said.

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C-SC football team's upset bid falls short

CANTON, Mo. -- Brady Jansen's 40-yard field goal with 13 seconds left in the game capped the Grand View University football team's 29-27 come-from-behind victory over Culver-Stockton College on Saturday at NX Level Field. C-SC, which fell behind early in t

Hawks unable to avoid first-half fallout
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Hawks unable to avoid first-half fallout

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. -- The Quincy University football team's offense was again stuck in neutral. This time, however, the defense and special teams couldn't bail it out. Truman State scored touchdowns on five of its first six possessions while QU managed...

Five fumbles, porous defense too much to overcome for West Hancock
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Five fumbles, porous defense too much to overcome for West Hancock

BISMARCK, Ill. -- Saturday's Illinois Class 2A first-round playoff game starting promising enough for the West Hancock football team. The Titans' Bryce Wilson scored on a 79-yard run on the first play of the game. However, five fumbles by the Titans proved

Second time around not as easy for Central
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Second time around not as easy for Central

CAMP POINT, Ill. -- The Greenfield-Northwestern football team trailed by 42 points at halftime when it faced Central two weeks ago. Saturday afternoon was a different story. Two plays after a jump ball landed in the hands of Greenfield-Northwestern's Colin

Praise the Lord: Senior's kickoff return gives Chargers needed jolt
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Praise the Lord: Senior's kickoff return gives Chargers needed jolt

CARTHAGE, Ill. -- It wasn't the start many expected for the Illini West football team in the Class 2A playoffs. After two first-quarter interceptions by Carter Boyer and a five-yard touchdown run by Mercer County's Zane Frick, the Chargers trailed 7-6 with

St. Charles coach impressed by Pirates in district rout
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St. Charles coach impressed by Pirates in district rout

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- St. Charles football coach Bob Leonard knows a state title contender when he sees one. He believed he saw one on the opposing sideline Friday night at Porter Stadium. "That's what a Class 4 state contender looks like," he said. "What we