Teams last met in 2000

It will be a buccaneer battle Friday night when the Hannibal Pirates host the Saint Charles High Piracy in the opening round in the Class 4, District 4 playoffs.

Hannibal, the number two seed in the district, carries a 6-3 record into the contest. St. Charles, the number seven seed, is 4-5.

Neither team has momentum on its side entering the ballgame. St. Charles has lost its last three games and four of its last five. HHS saw its six-game winning streak brought to an end last week by Battle, which mounted a second-half rally to claim the win.

Hannibal Coach Mark St. Clair does not detect any lingering aftereffects following last week's loss.

"Our kids are ready to go," he said. "Last week's game exposed a few things. They gave us an opportunity to really work on those things. We have to discipline our game and play every snap like it means of the game."

Based on St. Clair's scouting report on St. Charles, Hannibal will need to bring its "A" game.

"St. Charles features a big, fast running back and some big kids up front. They have a very tall tight end that they like to throw to," said the HHS coach. "On defense they crowd the line of scrimmage and can run very well."

The keys to victory for Hannibal are not complicated, according to St. Clair.

"Take care of the ball and win the turnover battle," he said. "Discipline our game and focus on every snap. Win the line of scrimmage."

The game at Porter Stadium will kickoff at 7 p.m.

"It's great that we get to start district play at home," St. Clair said.

Hannibal and St. Charles have not met on the football field since 2000 when HHS posted a 24-6 victory in the opening round of the playoffs.

Elsewhere in the Class 4, District 4 playoffs it is eighth seeded Warrenton, 1-8, at top seeded Ft. Zumwalt East, 7-2; sixth seeded Parkway Central, 3-6, at third seeded Westminster Christian Academy, 5-4; and fifth-seeded Saint Dominic, 5-4, at number four seeded Priory, 6-3.

The winner of the Hannibal-St. Charles game will face the victor in the Westminster Christian Academy-Parkway Central ballgame next week.

 

danny.henley@courierpost.com