The Mark Twain football team pulled off an upset with a 24-22 win at North Callaway in an Eastern Missouri Conference game Friday night.

The Mark Twain football team pulled off an upset with a 24-22 win at North Callaway in an Eastern Missouri Conference game Friday night.

Mark Twain scored a touchdown in every quarter to fend off the Thunderbirds and earn their second straight victory.

The Tigers improve to 3-5 overall this year.

“We have been playing a lot better,” Mark Twain coach Karl Asbury said. “We did what we have been doing. We executed and came up big. I was very pleased with our effort on all accounts.”

Logan Perrigo put Mark Twain ahead for good with a 3-yard touchdown run that made it 18-14 midway through the third quarter. Avery Epperson punched in a score for the Tigers from one yard out to obtain crucial insurance just three seconds into the final period.

Jadon Henry found Cody Cash on a 26-yard touchdown pass for North Callaway (6-2) with 7:51 remaining, and the hosts cut their deficit to two points with a successful 2-point conversion.

Those proved to be the final points of the night.

North Callaway moved the ball into the red zone on its final possession before turning it over on downs.

Epperson led Mark Twain with nine tackles and a forced fumble, while Ben Rule made an interception.

Jace Barton paced the Tigers with 183 yards rushing on 30 carries. Epperson finished with 28 yards on the ground, while Perrigo had 25.

Dakota Brush ran 70 yards for a score that gave North Callaway an 8-0 lead in the opening quarter. Epperson and Barton responded with touchdown rushes of their own to put Mark Twain up 12-8.

Jordan Delashmutt ran 28 yards to the end zone to give the Thunderbirds a 14-12 advantage at the intermission.

“There really were just three plays on defense that we either didn't align right or fulfill our assignment,” Asbury said. “Otherwise we could have maybe even had a shutout.”

Mark Twain is scheduled to host Wright City next Friday night.