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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Tigers trample Paris

  • Shutouts are becoming commonplace for the Mark Twain Junior High football team and Thursday wasn’t any different as the Tigers slaughtered Paris 54-0.
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  • Shutouts are becoming commonplace for the Mark Twain Junior High football team and Thursday wasn’t any different as the Tigers slaughtered Paris 54-0.
    Our offense wants to score as much as they can,” Mark Twain Junior High coach Alex Brandenburg said. “Up front, I can’t give out line enough credit. They make the big holes and our running backs hit the holes. Defensively, we have some big kids and our defensive line has played exceptional.”
    It was the third shutout of the season for Mark Twain. The only points the Tigers have allowed all season was a kickoff return to start the game one week ago against Louisiana.
    “The guys came out and worked hard after losing (the shutout) to Louisiana last week,” Brandenburg said. “They were pretty upset about giving up those six points, so they wanted to get after it and they wanted to dominate from the start – which the really did.”
    Caleb Hirner was all over the end zone for the Tigers during the first half. In the first quarter, Hirner scored touchdowns on runs of 21 and 64 yards. In the second quarter he completed a 7-yard pass to Loren Carlisle for another score.
    “Caleb Hirner started the game off great,” Brandenburg said. “He has two touchdowns running to start us off and a touchdown pass to Loren Carlisle. Those guys, they just want to find the end zone every play.”
    Bailey McMillen and Terry Monroe also had touchdown runs in the second quarter as Mark Twain built up a 38-0 first half lead.
    With such a commanding lead, the Tigers did not throw the ball at all in the second half. Instead they controlled the clock with the running game. Even then, the Tigers were able to find the end zone.
    With 3:19 remaining in the third quarter, Bradyn Hooley scored on a 38 yard run. Of course, that was after a long touchdown run by Terry Monroe was called back because of a holding call.
    “Football is a game where you have to learn from what just happened and move on,” Brandenburg said. “We made quite a few mistakes tonight, but I think we learned a lot from it.”
    Mark Twain (4-0) scored one more time in the second half. The Tigers final touchdown came in the fourth quarter. With 4:40 left on the clock, AJ Wood scored on a 22 yard carry for Mark Twain.
    The Tiger defense was just as solid, forcing two turnovers. Hooley intercepted a pass for Mark Twain while Brandon Hamilton forced a fumble that Taron Finnigan recovered.
     “Defensively, Ryan Bailey had quite a few tackles,” Brandenburg said. “He was finding the ball all night. He has a nose for the ball.”
    Page 2 of 2 - On Monday the Tigers will look keep their perfect season alive as Mark Twain matches up with Holy Rosary.

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