The Hannibal junior varsity football team dominated Marshall 44-0 on Monday night to finish the season with an undefeated record.

The Hannibal junior varsity football team dominated Marshall 44-0 on Monday night to finish the season with an undefeated record. 

The Pirates defense led the way in the shutout. 

“Our defense played an amazing game from start to finish,” Hannibal coach Jeff Gschwender said. “Marshall's offense had a tough time moving the ball throwing or passing as our defense played outstanding.” 

Hannibal (7-0) held Marshall to a 3-and-out on its first drive of the night and promptly found the end zone. Daylan Reading broke a big run to set up first-and-goal before Damien French scored a 5-yard touchdown run.

French broke free for a 60-yard touchdown run to extend Hannibal's lead to 12-0 in the second quarter.

A sack by Mark Flores and a couple pass breakups by Cole Gander gave the Pirates the ball back with 30 seconds remaining in the first half.

After a few incomplete passes, French scampered for a 65-yard touchdown on the final play of the half to give Hannibal an 18-0 lead at halftime.

“Our O-line played very well,” Gschwender said. “Our running backs were able to find a lot of running room. Damien French had an outstanding game running the ball, and Daylan Reading ran the ball very well too as well as blocking.”

Flores came through again early in the second half when he made a sack in the end zone for a safety. 

Following the free kick, Reading ran for his first touchdown of the night from 46 yards out. Joey Worthington passed to Nick Wagner for the 2-point conversion to make it 28-0. 

On Marshall's second play after getting the ball back, Hunter Parker reeled in the first of his two interceptions. 

Wasting no time, French scored on a 22-yard run. Worthington passed to Drew Tweedy for the 2-point conversion, growing Hannibal's lead to 36-0. 

With running clock in the fourth quarter, Marshall went into desperation mode while trying crack the scoreboard. Parker took advantage with his second interception. 

“Getting a shutout, a score (safety) and two interceptions were just some highlights,” Gschwender said of his defense. “They shut down Marshall's offense all night. Mark Flores had a great game with a few sacks and tackles behind the line, Dalton Gauch had multiple tackles, Cole Gander had multiple pass breakups, Hunter Parker had two interceptions, and Shannon Dorsey had multiple tackles and played a great game as usual.”

Parker, Stephen LaMothe and Ben Sublette each rushed the ball on Hannibal's ensuing possession, and LaMothe scored a 4-yard touchdown. Sublette ran in the 2-point conversion for the final points of the night. 

“Very proud of our athletes for an undefeated season,” Gschwender concluded. “We had a few tough games and our kids showed great character and fight.”