Another week of football season has gone by and Hannibal is still riding an undefeated season. With last week’s 42-0 win over Fulton on the road, the Pirates have moved up to No. 5 in the Class 4 poll.
The last two weeks Hannibal has faced a couple of “cupcake teams” in Fulton and Kirksville, but this week Hannibal faces a legitimate opponent. Hannibal hosts Moberly as the Pirates celebrate their homecoming. Moberly and Hannibal are the only teams in the North Central Missouri Conference remaining undefeated in conference play.
Hannibal enters the season 6-0 and 4-0 in conference while Moberly comes in at 5-1 and 3-0. Moberly is coming in off a 41-12 win over Marshall. Marshall was previously undefeated in the NCMC, but that dream ended with a loss to Moberly. Now it is all Hannibal and Moberly. With a win over Moberly, Hannibal can claim at least a share of the conference title.
Moberly has not lost since week 1. Back then, the Spartans fell 24-14 to Blair Oaks. Since then, Moberly has won five straight with a shutout and has not allowed anyone to score more than two TDs against the Spartans.
After starting the season 0-3, Boonville won its third straight to even its season record at 3-3. Boonville beat Kirksville 42-26 last Friday. The win also put Boonville over .500 (2-1 NCMC) in conference play. With a game at Fulton this week, Boonville has a chance to pick up its third conference win of the season and also move over .500 for the first time all season.
Fulton (0-6, 0-3) is the last team in the NCMC to still be searching for a win. Playing Boonville this week, Fulton is likely to lose its seventh straight.
Like I said last week, Mexico (1-5, 0-3 NCMC) had its best opportunity to end its season-long losing streak. Not only did the Bulldogs win, but they won convincingly, beating Warrenton 49-29. This week, Mexico will face another opponent that has been on a slide as of late as the Bulldogs host Kirksville.
Even with the loss last week to Boonville, Kirksville (2-4, 0-4 NCMC) did accomplish something they hadn’t done since week three, score a touchdown. In fact, the Tigers not only scored one touchdown, but they scored several against Boonville.
Marshall will be playing the NCMC’s only non-conference game this week.
Marshall (4-2, 3-1 NCMC) lost just its second game of the season, and its first since a week 2 shellacking against Lafayette (St. Joseph). This week, Marshall will be playing a non-conference game against Truman. Playing the Patriots, Marshall should get back in the win column. Truman (1-5) is coming off its first win of the season, a 35-15 beating of Ruskin. However, in the first five weeks of the season, Truman had not scored more than 14 points in any one game. The 35 points Truman scored last Friday, matched the Patriots total for the previous three games combined.
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