As the remnants of a tropical storm dumped rain on Porter Stadium Friday night, Hannibal High School’s Pirates ‘stormed’ back from a 28-6 halftime deficit to defeat the Quincy Blue Devils 36-28 in double overtime.
“A double overtime win at home. It was neat to be a part of it,” said Coach Mark St Clair after his team boosted its record to 2-0, following last week’s 33-23 victory over Quincy-Notre Dame.
After finishing regulation deadlocked at 28, both teams had a shot at the ball in the first overtime.
It appeared that Hannibal had taken the lead on its first overtime possession as Caleb Bieniek took a pitch around right end and then cut back to find the end zone from 3 yards out. However, the score was wiped out by a holding penalty.
Quincy appeared to move the ball to the 11, but a procedure penalty effectively stalled the drive. QHS’ Trevor Anderson was called upon to attempt a 31-yard field goal into a swirling wind. The ball fell short.
In the second overtime, Quincy had the ball first. On a fourth down and 6 from the 21, the Pirates stopped the Blue Devils just shy of the first down marker.
With the ball and the momentum, the Pirates quickly reached the 11 on an 11-yard gallop by Bieniek. Two plays later Mitch Nichols went around right end to the end zone.
“In overtime I thought we dominated,” said St Clair.
It looked like overtime would not be necessary as the Pirates took the opening kick and methodically marched 68 yards to the end zone. Dalton Powell raced in untouched on a fourth down and 4 play.
But the remainder of the half belonged to the Blue Devils who would scored four unanswered TDs.
“We were dominated in the first half by a good Quincy team,” said St Clair. “At halftime we told our kids it was gut-check time. We made a few adjustments, but it was simply a matter of starting to play with more authority. It was neat to see them fight back through the adversity.”
Hannibal began chipping away at the Quincy lead at 4:26 of the third quarter when Bieniek dashed in from 33 yards out.
In the fourth quarter, Powell would run for one score (2 yards at 7:20) and pass for another TD, hitting Bieniek with a 12-yard aerial that the senior receiver hauled in with a sliding effort. After both scores, Powell plowed into the end zone with two-point conversions, the last coming with 1:49 to go in the fourth quarter.
“Dalton Powell was a great leader in the second half,” praised St Clair. “He’s becoming more and more confident.”
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