Hannibal Courier-Post

Tigers struggle to keep pace

Courier-Post Staff
Posted: Oct. 19, 2019 12:01 am

KINGDOM CITY, Mo. — The Mark Twain football team faced a two-point deficit at halftime against North Callaway.

The Tigers never got any closer.

The Thunderbirds scored 36 unanswered points Friday night on the way to a 46-8 Eastern Missouri Conference victory over the Tigers. Mark Twain had its run of two straight victories snapped in the loss.

The Tigers scored their lone touchdown on a 22-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Payton Hawkins to running back Jace Barton that tied the game at 8-8 with 6 minutes, 11 seconds remaining in the first half. North Callaway, however, took the lead on the final play of the second quarter on a safety to take a 10-8 lead into the locker room.

North Callaway scored on its first series of the third quarter on a 33-yard touchdown pass that pushed the lead to 18-8 with 10:21 on the clock. The Thunderbirds' next drive ended with a 2-yard touchdown run that made it 24-8.

North Callaway scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach for Mark Twain.

Avery Epperson rushed for 51 yards on 13 carries for Mark Twain, but the Tigers netted just 24 total rushing yards on the night. Devin Whaley was the only other Tiger to have positive rushing yards, gaining 4 on one carry.