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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • North Central Missouri Conference enters second week of non-conference games

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  • With all seven North Central Missouri Conference football teams kicking off play last week, four of them will enter week two still searching for that elusive first win. Kirksville, Moberly, and Fulton all opened the season with wins while Hannibal, Boonville, Mexico, and Marshall all lost.
    Of the schools that opened with a win, Moberly had the largest margin of victory, beating Blair Oaks 48-18 followed by Kirksville with a 40-26 win over Southern Boone. Fulton slipped by School of Osage 28-22.
    Among the losers, Marshall was shutout by Chillicothe while Mexico, Hannibal, and Boonville all found the end zone once. California beat Boonville 42-7 while Mexico lost 26-7 to St. Joseph Lafayette. Hannibal fell to Quincy Notre Dame 17-6.
    This week, Kirksville (1-0) will be the only NCMC school facing a team that won in week one when the Tigers travel to Chillicothe (1-0). Last season the Tigers beat Chillicothe 26-6.
    Moberly (1-0) will try for its second win when the Spartans head to School of Osage (0-1) while Fulton (1-0) will play at Versailles (0-1). Moberly beat School of Osage 20-12 last season while Versailles beat Fulton 19-7.
    Boonville (0-1) plays Lafayette County (1-0) in Higginsville in search of its first win while Mexico (0-1) will host California (1-0) as the Bulldogs look to break into the win column. Marshall (0-1) will also hold its home opener this week when the Owls host St. Joseph Lafayette (1-0).
    Both Boonville and Mexico were shutout in its week two games last seasons. Boonville was blanked by Lafayette County 20-0 last year while Mexico was routed 40-0 by California. At least Marshall found the end zone in its 33-14 loss to St. Joseph Lafayette last season.
    As for Hannibal, it will travel to Battle High School (1-0) for the first ever meeting between the Spartans and the Pirates (0-1). The 2013/2014 school year is the first year of existence for the new Battle High in Columbia. Battle beat East (Kansas City) 56-6 in its first ever football game last week.
    In the most recent Missouri state high school football rankings, Moberly crept in with its win over the previously Class 2 No. 9 ranked Blair Oaks. The Spartans currently hold the No. 8 spot in the Class 4 rankings.
    Hannibal started the season as the preseason No. 9 in Class 4. However, with the Pirates’ loss to Qunicy Notre Dame, Hannibal slipped out of the rankings, but just barely. Hannibal received 15 votes and is tied for 11th in the standings.
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