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

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.