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

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...

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.

Getting Defensive: Indians allow 102 yards in semifinal rout
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Getting Defensive: Indians allow 102 yards in semifinal rout

KAHOKA, Mo. -- London Brunk ran for three touchdowns and 176 yards on Friday against Palmyra, but Clark County coach Ethan Allen said the senior quarterback may be better on the other side of the ball. "I think he's a better defensive player than an offens

Monroe City turns up heat in second half
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Monroe City turns up heat in second half

MONROE CITY, Mo. -- The Monroe City football wasn't happy with the way it played during the first half despite taking a 20-point lead at one time. "It was just the little things," senior running back Zach Osborn said. "That's what the difference is between

Missouri prep roundup: Wood scores five TDs for South Shelby in semifinal
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Missouri prep roundup: Wood scores five TDs for South Shelby in semifinal

Brock Wood rushed for 278 yards and five touchdowns to help South Shelby knock off top-seeded Scotland County 46-28 in the Missouri Class 1 District 6 semifinals on Friday night in Memphis, Mo. Wood scored the game's first touchdown in the first quarter

Lord's versatility, playmaking provide sparks for Chargers
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Lord's versatility, playmaking provide sparks for Chargers

CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Michael Lord understands the importance of methodical drives to move the football down the field. He also likes going the length of the field in one play, too. "I just like getting really excited and celebrating," said Lord, a senior back

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