By Jeremy Jacob, Sports Editor
Mexico outclassed by Caton de Boonville, loses 27-13 in districts
Boonville had a play on Friday that gave Mexico trouble.
The Bulldogs lost 27-13 at home in the District 5 Class 3 semifinals after Pirates quarterback Colby Caton had four touchdowns — two through the air and two on the ground — and the offense was shut down in The second half. No. 3 seed Boonville (7-4) found repeated success in having Caton run with the ball to bring No. 2 Mexico’s final record to 4-6 and advance to next Friday’s championship game at No. 1 Moberly.
Head coach Steve Haag doesn’t blame Boonville for relying so heavily on Caton, as the Bulldogs were beaten by quarterbacks all night after running back Dakota Troost had to leave due to injury.
“We just didn’t have a good answer to the quarterback power sweep,” Haag said. “Some, if that’s what you have to get after that. You know they’re coming He is a good athlete, and that is what I would do. I don’t think the issue is being addressed. The problem is getting out of the blocks.”
Mexico’s offense didn’t reach the end zone in the second half, but Haag said it didn’t because it was completely ineffective against the Pirates. On three occasions, the Bulldogs moved the ball deep into Boonville territory, and two of those trips went into the red zone (the third trip went as far as the 21-yard line).
At halftime, the game was tied at 13 despite Mexico nearly scoring the go-ahead touchdown as time ran out. Andrew Runge, who already had a 47-yard touchdown run, caught a pass down the left side after quarterback Ty Sims fumbled to the right before somersaulting into the end zone. The touchdown was nullified due to the receiver’s ineligible field penalty, and the Bulldogs finished empty on the trip.
Mexico advanced to the Boonville 11-yard line but failed to score midway through the third quarter. After Caton connected for a two-yard touchdown to cap a nine-play drive that included a 48-yard run by Boonville’s quarterback, Mexico had the ball at the Boonville 21-yard line with just under two minutes remaining in the game. third quarter and thought Runge reached the end zone again, only to have it called off due to an illegal blocking penalty. Boonville scored again after 12 plays, with Caton forcing the line on a touchdown.
“I think we had opportunities and we didn’t take them,” Haag said. “I thought the penalty at the end of the half was big. So that penalty (at the end of the third quarter), we probably should have scored there. There’s another big one, especially when it comes to a two-touchdown game.”
Centralia’s run game stops in district’s 22-8 loss to Hallsville
Centralia have had their running game to lean on this season.
Hallsville, in their second matchup with the Panthers this year, made sure that wasn’t the case on Friday night in a 22-8 loss to Centralia in the District 7 Class 2 semifinals at Miller Field in Centralia. . The Panthers (7-3) finished with a season-low 35 rushing yards on 16 carries, a far-low season total against 169 in Clark County, despite amassing 318 rushing yards over the Panthers. Indians (6-5). at the first meeting.
Quarterback Cullen Bennett threw for 121 yards and a touchdown on 10-of-25 passes, Jesse Caballero caught the 49-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and finished with 73 yards on three receptions and seven defensive tackles, and Kyden Wilkerson and Seth Hasekamp led the team with eight tackles apiece, while Jesse Shannon and Brayden Shelton each had two tackles for loss.
Head coach Tyler Forsee said throughout the season that his offensive line showed up frequently this season, leading the team to average around 237 yards this season. Wilkerson, who was named All-Conference running back and defensive back Clarence Cannon the week before, rushed for 1,369 yards at an average of 137 per game. Wilkerson was limited to 16 yards on eight carries Friday.
“His defense was on point,” Forsee said. “They did a good job closing out our running game. I didn’t see that happen as well as we ran the ball last time. They were physical and ready to play. I thought our children put up a good fight, but we couldn’t establish a line of attack. Every time that happens, you will have a hard time winning the game.”
Hallsville also had a new quarterback-running back combination since the first meeting that it lost 26-20 in early September. Brayden Matheney was taking plays in place of Colton Nichols and Harrison Fowler was the main running back in place of, once again, Nichols. Matheney threw for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 15 of 20 passes, while Fowler rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown on 41 carries.
Forsee said the setup is different for every Hallsville quarterback, as Nichols was always a running threat, while Matheney can really throw the ball, something the Panthers had a hard time stopping.
“He did a good job of throwing the ball and getting it around,” Forsee said. “It was definitely a different game plan. We didn’t know who we were going to have, so we planned a little bit for both of us. The Matheney throws the ball exceptionally well. Nichols is such a strong runner.”
North Callaway season ends with loss to third-ranked opponent in state
Despite mixed results at the end of the season, North Callaway football likes the direction it’s headed.
The Thunderbirds’ 2022 season ended with a 71-14 loss to No. 1 state Blair Oaks (10-0) in the District 4 Class 2 Tournament semifinals. No. 5 North Callaway (7-4) closed out the season winning six of their last eight games, with both losses coming against state-ranked teams and their first loss of the year against state-ranked Macon.
Senior quarterback Braydn O’Neal finished with 269 yards of total offense: 194 through the air on 10 of 31 passes and 75 yards on 13 carries. North Callaway rushed for 80 yards on 27 carries, making it the fourth time this season the Thunderbirds have finished with fewer than 100 rushing yards; two of those times came against state-ranked Bowling Green and Macon. For defense, senior Davis Woods led with 11 tackles, and senior Brandon Speight picked up a sack.
Head coach Kevin O’Neal said his team had its toughest test yet Friday at Wardsville. Quarterback Dylan Hair was terrific as ever, scoring six touchdowns while putting up all of his 311 total yards in the first half, but the Falcons are the best team in the state because they have great players around them.
“They’re good at every position on the field,” O’Neal said. “His offensive line is solid, his quarterback is really good and he’s got really good receivers to throw to. It is difficult to remove everything. You try to take something away from them and they have something else for you.”
North Callaway didn’t fare well early on when Blair Oaks jumped out to a 14-0 lead after the Falcons missed a kickoff. Three more Hair touchdowns later and Blair Oaks had a 43-0 lead after one quarter.
Braydn O’Neal in his last game as a Thunderbird found AJ Siegel for a 37-yard touchdown that he brought down on the sideline after beating a Blair Oaks defender. Hair scored two more touchdowns that contributed to Blair Oaks’ 64-6 halftime score. O’Neal had 179 total yards at the half.
“Obviously we didn’t do very well,” Kevin O’Neal said. “You can’t do the little things wrong against a really good team. If you do, they’re going to blow it up, and that’s what happened.
“They are good on defense. They make you earn every yard you gain. We couldn’t really get a running game going, and we struggled in our passing game as well.”
cross country status
Mexico’s Peuster runs in third state meet, Ramsey makes his state debut
It’s not the result Mexico’s runners wanted Friday in the Class 4 state meet, but each one means a lot to the cross country program.
Freshman Maggie Ramsey finished 86th out of 161 runners with a time of 21:46.3 in the girls’ 5K held at Gans Creek Cross Country Course in Columbia. Julia Ray from MICDS won the race with a time of 18:14.7.
Peuster finished 125th out of 158 runners in the men’s 5K with a time of 18:39.3. In his third trip to state competition, Peuster improved to 143rd in 2021, but felt he could have done better since he had an upset stomach the morning of competition, head coach Lucas Breneman said. Hillsboro’s Josh Allison won in 15:38.9 for the state champion Hawks, who finished with 35 points.
Look for the full stories in the Mexico Ledger November 9, 2022 edition and on the website the same day.