After failing to keep up with the fast-paced Centralia attack, the Macon Tigers are now in the win-or-go home phase of the season.
The Class 3, District 6 Tournament begins on Thursday night, and the Tigers have a first-round game at home in the first two years of the new playoff system.
Macon's opponent will be the Boonville Pirates, from the North Central Missouri Conference. This season, the NCMC was dominated by Moberly and Hannibal, with Moberly finishing the regular season unbeaten and conference champs.
The Boonville Pirates finished the regular season with a record of 4-5, going .500 in the NCMC, finishing 3-3 with wins against Mexico, Fulton and Marshall.
The Pirates, under the command of Devin Brown, who is in his third season at BHS, like to run and throw the ball just as mich as the Tigers do, so Macon must be prepared for that.
Coach Brown will be sending senior quarterback Jacob Francis (5' 9", 175 lb.) up against the Tiger defense, and he is a very efficient player.
On the ground, the Pirates will be led by senior tailback Dakota Meyer (5' 9", 174 lb.) and sophomore running back Jordan Weaver (5' 6, 145 lb.)
Through the air, Francis will have three main targets to throw at: senior tight-end Tyler Peterson (6' 1", 205 lb.); junior wide-receiver Austin Hulbert (5' 9", 145 lb.); and junior receiver Josh Judd (5' 11", 165 lb.).
The Pirates will have a sizeable presence on the line, on both sides of the ball.
Senior Grady Kay (6' 2", 196 lb.) will line up at the center position. Seniors Nolan Murray (6' 3", 250 lb.) and Andrew Broyhill (5' 10", 189 lb.) will line up as the guards.
Senior Brett Kenney (5' 8", 192 lb.) and sophomore Tyler Polk (5' 10", 200 lb.) will finish out the Pirate O-line as tackles.
On defense, Polk and Kay will set up on the line as defensive ends, and Murray and Kenney will be in the tackle positions.
Peterson, Broyhill, Meyer and Weaver will drop back to the linebacker position.
Francis and Judd will be at the cornerback spots, while Hulbert will be the lone safety.
The Pirates' schedule was one of the toughest in the early part of the 2013 season.
In week one, the Pirates faced off against California, and would fall to the Pintos 42-7.
Week two dealt Boonville a 15-0 defeat by the Higginsville Huskers. Week three brought Hannibal to BHS, and the visiting Pirates plundered Boonville for a 35-7 win.
The blue Pirates got wins in their next two games, beating Knob Noster 34-3, then Mexico 12-6.
Boonville would fall to Kirksville in week six, then defeat Fulton in week seven. Moberly defeated the Pirates in week eight, before Boonville ended the regular season with a win over Marshall.
Last season, the Macon Tigers were one-and-done in the District playoffs, but they do not face Chilli in the first round this time around.
Macon is looking for a big rebound win after a slow night last week.