Hannibal comes up short in season opening thriller

Hannibal’s Tim Webber looks to break free from the grasp of two Jordan-Elbridge defenders during Friday’s game in Hannibal. Hannibal lost in overtime 19-13. Webber had 5 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown in the 19-13 loss.

by Rob Tetro

Having a Warrior mentality is beginning to pay off for the Hannibal varsity football team.

When Hannibal took on Jordan-Elbridge in its season opener Friday, that Warrior mentality nearly paid off in the best way possible: a win.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, however, they fell short of victory despite a valiant effort.

Riding the momentum of a crucial missed extra point, Jordan-Elbridge came away with a 19-13 overtime win.

After a scoreless first quarter, Hannibal took a 7-0 lead when Brandon Burnett muscled his way for a 72-yard touchdown run. However, Jordan-Elbridge would not be denied. The Eagles tied the score at 7-7 when Colby Trexler scored on a 12-yard touchdown run.

Before the half ended, Jordan-Elbridge struck again. Jordan Van Wart gave J-E a 13-7 lead following a 23-yard touchdown run.

Jordan-Elbridge maintained its lead into the fourth quarter until it seemed the Warriors had hit pay dirt. They tied the score at 13-13 following a 50-yard touchdown run by Tim Webber.

The extra point attempt was blocked, which denied Hannibal the lead.

Neither team was able to take the lead following Webber’s touchdown, run which meant the winner would be decided in overtime.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, they were unable to tally any points in the first overtime possession, which was something that Jordan-Elbridge was ready to take full advantage of.

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