The Hannibal Falcons semipro football team secured a 53-12 victory over the River Valley Vipers in the first round of the Mid-American 8-Man Football League playoffs.

The Hannibal Falcons semipro football team secured a 53-12 victory over the River Valley Vipers in the first round of the Mid-American 8-Man Football League playoffs. 

Hannibal (8-1) surged to a 32-12 lead at halftime before shutting out River Valley in the second half on Sunday, May 6 at Porter Stadium. 

"In the playoffs in this league, the scoreboard never tells the whole story," Hannibal coach Daniel Francisco said of the quarterfinal win. "There were great plays made on both sides of the ball for both teams. Today our team came together and played all four quarters in Falcon football fashion, and we will need that with every game coming up.”

Quarterback Toby O'Cheltree led the Falcons with 210 yards passing and five touchdowns. 

Ronnie Bertelsmeyer hauled in 80 yards receiving and two touchdowns, while fellow receiver Brett Ward amassed 45 yards receiving and a score. Tight end Austin Gardner also caught a touchdown.

Running back Reggie Dent gathered 30 yards rushing and 10 yards receiving to go along with a touchdown, while Daylin Anders totaled 20 yards on the ground and a score.

Brandon Patterson delivered 45 yards passing and 30 yards rushing and also scored a pair of touchdowns.

Brett Cobb stayed busy in his linebacker position with four tackles and four assists, while Turon Thomas made three tackles, two assists and a fumble recovery.

Andy O'Cheltree led the defensive line with three tackles, three assists and a sack. Collin Sizemore finished with two tackles, four assists and a sack, while Dalton McCarty had two tackles and five assists. 

Defensive end Cam McWright provided three tackles, while defensive tackle Chris Gillett recorded one tackle, one assist and two sacks. 

Cornerback Jazmyne James came away with four tackles and two assists, while fellow defensive back Daryl Chinn had two tackles, two assists and one forced fumble.

Selestine Nichols also stood out in the secondary with an interception and two assists. 

The Falcons advance to host the Muscatine Riverhawks in the semifinals at 2 p.m. this coming Sunday.