The season is not over for another two weeks, but for the third time in as many years, the North Central Missouri Conference will have different champion when the season concludes. This year’s championship will belong to Moberly.
The Spartans (7-0) won the NCMC battle of Missouri Class 4 ranked teams and undefeateds when the Spartans beat Hannibal 56-36 Friday night. The win dropped Hannibal to 4-1 in NCMC play and improved Moberly to 4-0. The Spartans still have games left this year against Boonville and Mexico. Neither team is expected to seriously threaten Moberly.
Following Friday’s game, Moberly moved up one spot to the No. 4 ranking while Hannibal fell out of the top 10.
The Spartans will play Boonville this week as Moberly looks continue its run through NCMC opponents.
This season, Boonville is having a subpar year. The Boonville Pirates enter the week with a 3-4 record and 2-2 record in NCMC play. Boonville evened its conference record last week when it beat Fulton 42-39 in the Hornets’ second straight shootout loss.
After starting the season 4-1, Fulton has lost its last two games. The Hornets are now 4-3 on the season with all three losses coming against NCMC foes (Moberly, Hannibal, and most recently Boonville). This week Fulton, (4-3, 1-3 NCMC) will travel to Mexico to face the Bulldogs.
Mexico is 2-5 this year (1-4 NCMC). The Bulldogs beat NCMC rival Marshall in week three and shutout Warrenton in a non-conference game in week six. The Bulldogs game against Fulton will be Mexico’s final home game of the regular season.
For Hannibal (5-2), the loss to Moberly ended a 13 game NCMC winning streak dating back to 2011. The Pirates’ last lost to an NCMC opponent was on Sept. 30, 2011 when Hannibal lost to eventual 2011 NCMC champion Boonville.
Hannibal will attempt to get back in the win column as the Pirates host Marshall. Both of Hannibal’s final two regular season games will be at home.
Marshall is 2-5 on the season and 1-3 in NCMC play. Marshall’s one conference win was a 33-32 edging of Kirksville back in week four. The Owls followed that win with a two game losing streak before getting their second win of the year via a shutout over Truman last week. Marshall’s 31-0 victory was only the second time the Owls had scored 30 or more points in a game this season, and both games were wins. The shutout was also the first for Marshall since a 19-0 blanking of Kirksville in week four of the 2012 season.
The NCMC’s lone non-conference game this week will be played by Kirksville. The Tigers are 3-4 this season. After opening the year with a win, Kirksville lost the next four. However, the Tigers have rebounded over the past few weeks to win two in a row. Kirksville beat Boonville and Mexico last week to improve to 2-3 in conference play.
Kirksville will host Trenton this week in the Tigers’ final home game of the regular season.