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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • NCMC full of shockers in week four

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  • What was more impressive in week four; Boonville getting its first win in a laugher over Knob Nobster, Marshall edging Kirksville for its first win, or Mexico almost beating Hannibal?
    Watching the Hannibal/Mexico game, it was easy to see the Bulldogs have a solid running game as Mexico racked up 269 yards rushing against the Pirate defense.
    Hannibal (3-1, 2-0 NCMC) had to come from behind late in the game to pull off a win 21-20 over Mexico. While the Pirates won in order to remain undefeated in NCMC play, they slipped out of the Missouri state high school football ranking for the second time this season.
    This week Hannibal will play the Tigers in Kirksville. Hannibal blasted Kirksville 48-0 last year and holds a 45-11-1 edge over the Tigers in 57 meetings. Hannibal hasn’t lost to Kirksville since 1998, a stretch of 14 straight victories.
    Other impressive games from week four were Marshall beating Kirksville 33-32 for the Owls first win of the season and Boonville (1-3, 0-1 NCMC) routing Knob Nobster 34-3 for its first win. For Marshall (1-3, 1-1 NCMC), the win came in conference play while Boonville’s win was a non-conference game.
    This week Marshall will attempt to pick up its second North Central Missouri Conference win when the Owls travel to Fulton while Boonville will travel to Mexico (1-3, 1-1 NCMC). Marshall thumped Fulton a year ago, coming away with a 45-14 win and Boonville shutout Mexico 26-0.
    In a battle of undefeated teams, Moberly came out on top, beating Fulton 43-7. With the win, the Spartans improved to 4-0, 2-0 in NCMC play and maintained their No. 6 ranking in the Missouri state high school football rankings. Fulton fell to 3-1 and 1-1 in the NCMC with the loss.
    Moberly will be the NCMC’s lone team to play a non-conference game this week when the Spartans host St. James. Last season Moberly had a big 52-14 win over St. James.
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