For the second straight week, the Hannibal football team shutout out its opponent as the Pirates beat Fulton 42-0 Friday night.
“Anytime you can get a shutout you have got to be pleased,” Hannibal coach Mark St Clair said. “We are getting better on defense. We had a lot of young kids starting off and we kind of threw them to the fire early. But that experience is helping us and we hope to continue to improve.”
Hannibal (6-0, 4-0 NCMC) scored four times in the opening quarter to take control of the game. Dalton Powell gave the Pirates the lead with an 84 yard touchdown run with just under 10 minutes left in the first quarter. Jahwaun Cassidy added a one yard score with 6:12 to go while Louis Burton scored on a two yard run just over three minutes later. Then, with 15 seconds left in the first, Powell scored again. This time on a one yard run.
Hannibal scored just once in each of the second and third quarters. Mitch Nichols found the end zone in the second on a one yard run while Kyle Messer scored the final touchdown of the game in the third on a two yard run.
As a team, the Pirates rushed for 379 yards with Powell and Nichols both gaining over 100 yards on the ground. Powell finished the night with exactly 100 yards while Nichols totaled 112.
“Offensively we moved the ball very well,” St Clair said. “We will just have to evaluate the film to see if there are things we need to correct.”
As successful as the Pirates ground game was, Powell was also able to move the ball through the air. Powell finished with 95 yards passing while completing four of his eight passing attempts. His longest pass of the night went to Justin Price for 39 yards. Nichols caught two passes for 34 yards, the longest of which was for 20 yards. Burton caught Powell’s other pass and took it for 22 yards.
“We were hitting on all cylinders,” St Clair said. “It was one of those games where we weren’t quite as consistent as we wanted to be, but we were solid.”
Defensively, Lijah Harrison led the Pirates with a game-high 8 tackles. Austin Davis recovered a fumble and finished with 1 ½ sacks. Brett Wessel recorded one sack and Price had ½ a sack for Hannibal.
Next up for Hannibal is Moberly. The Pirates will host Moberly next Friday as they celebrate homecoming.
“We feel great about being 6-0,” St Clair said. “But those games are behind us. We have to look to our next game which is Moberly and it is homecoming. So we will get busy watching film, breakdown film and get a plan ready to play Moberly at home.”