Drop to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the NCMC
The Boonville Pirates football team tipped its helmet to the Moberly Spartans for the final time Friday night at Gene Reagan field in Boonville.
With the Pirates vaulting to the Tri-County Conference in 2018, the Pirates may have very well played their final game against Moberly.
Unfortunately for Boonville, they had no answer for either Moberly’s speed or size in a 41-7 loss.
The win dropped Boonville to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the NCMC with just one game remaining in the regular season this coming Friday night at Marshall starting at 7 p.m. The Owls also fell on Friday against Hannibal 48-10. The loss was Marshall’s eighth straight for the season.
As for the game against Moberly, Boonville Pirates football coach Barry Blank said turnovers hurt his team early on in the game.
“We were putting together drives,” Blank said. “What I liked outside of the kick off return they had in the second half was that we came out and played with pride. We just told them we have to play with pride and see how we play each play and try to win each play. I thought we did a good job there in the second half from that aspect. They’re good. They are a really good football team. They’ve won six straight for a reason because they execute well. They don’t hurt themselves. Obviously in the second half they had a few turnovers and we were able to capitalize on them but they are big and physical and they proved it tonight.”
The Spartans also proved that they can score when the defense is on the field. Of the 34 points at the half, 21 came as a result of Boonville turnovers.
Of course Moberly also moved the ball on offense while racking up over 300 yards in total offense while holding Boonville to 236 yards.
Needless to say it was a long night to say the least for Boonville as the Spartans hit paydirt on the first-four possessions to lead 28-0.
After a nine play drive to start the game, which stalled on Moberly 34, the Spartans came right back and initiated a six play drive for the score on a shovel pass from senior quarterback Nick Gelina to Ben Heimann to make it 7-0 with 5:52 left.
Of course it would get worse before it got better for Boonville. After recovering a fumble at the Pirates 23, Moberly punched it in two plays later from the 5 on a run by junior Landon Graves to extend the lead to 14-0.
Boonville continued to be in a giving mood after that when junior Camron Lowry picked off a Kole Ficken pass at the Moberly 36. Meanwhile, on the very next play, junior Chance Richards had his name called and delivered with a 64 yard jaunt to the end zone to push the lead to 21-0 with 2:46 remaining in the first quarter.
Moberly would score two more touchdowns in the half, the fourth coming on a six-play, 60-yard drive on a 43 yard run by Richards with 8:48 left. Then, after exchanging punts, the Spartans struck again on a six-play, 38-yard drive after a Boonville interception when Graves scored on a 21-yard run with 38 seconds remaining to extend the lead to 34-0.
The Pirates blocked the PAT but still finished the first half giving up five touchdowns on six Moberly possessions. The Spartans also finished the first half with 242 total yards while holding Boonville to 125 yards.
Although the Pirates kept Moberly from reaching the 35 point mark at the half, it mattered little after junior Camron Lowry took the opening kick off back 77 yards for a touchdown to start the third quarter to make it 41-0.
From then on the Spartans and Pirates either exchanged punts or fumbles for most of the second half. However after a fumble recovery by sophomore Josh Polk at the Boonville 41, senior quarterback Kole Ficken scored the Pirates only touchdown of the ballgame on a 59-yard run with 2:50 left in the fourth to cut the lead to 41-7.
Moberly finished the second half with one touchdown but also turned the ball over on two possessions. As for Boonville, they also had one score but again struggled to finish drives with one punt and two possessions going back to Moberly on downs.
Junior running back Malik Brazil led all rushers in the game for Boonville with 23 carries for 122 yards. Ficken had eight carries for 69 yards and one touchdown while completing 2 of 13 passes for 22 yards with one interception.
Junior tight end Brandon Johnson was the leading receiver in the game for Boonville with one catch for 18 yards. Johnson also led the team in tackles with nine.
Josh Polk finished the game with eight tackles and one fumble recovery while Gabe Rumbaoa had three total tackles, two tackles for losses and one sack, Landon Weaver also with three tackles and two tackles for losses, Carson Campbell, Peyton Keeran, Kole Ficken, Tramell Coleman and Dalton Elder each with three tackles, Lane West with two tackles and Adam Edler, Dylan Watson, Ben Horst, Samuel Wiser, Alan McCarter and Brady Stock each with one tackle.
Elder also recovered one of two fumbles in the game by the Pirates.
For Moberly, Richards finished the game with six carries for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Graves also scored two touchdowns on six carries for 48 yards.
Senior quarterback Nick Gelina, meanwhile, was a perfect 6 for 6 passing for 66 yards and one touchdown. Heimann scored the only touchdown through the air from 4 yards out while Lowry led the team in receptions with one catch for 22 yards.