By Rob Tetro
Ten Hannibal seniors were honored for their contributions to the Hannibal football program prior to the Warriors’ game against Cato-Meridian Saturday.
The seniors recognized were Brandon Jordan, Jacob Shortslef, Brandon Burnett, Eric Belge, Billy Lewis, Chris Prell, David Crowe, Dakota Carswell, Caleb Longley and Matt Bogawitch.
Cato-Meridian scored the game’s first 28 points en route to a 50-28 win.
After a quarter of play, Hannibal trailed by a touchdown. Cato-Meridian took an 8-0 lead during the first quarter when Quarterback Austin Bierce scored on a 12-yard run. Unfortunately for the Warriors, Cato-Meridian blew the game open during the second quarter.
Phil Schroder scored on a three-yard run. Shortly after, Bierce found Joe Schneider for a 46-yard touchdown pass, which gave Cato-Meridian a 22-0 lead. Later in the quarter, Cato-Meridian took a 28-0 lead when Schroder scored on a run from 18 yards out.
The Warriors were able to get on the scoreboard before the first half ended. Hannibal made the score 28-8 when Trevor Alton threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Billy Lewis.
The second half was more competitive. During the third quarter, the Warriors cut Cato-Meridian’s lead down to 14 points at 28-14 following a Brandon Burnett touchdown.
Before the third quarter ended, Cato-Meridian added to its lead. Cato-Meridian made the score 36-14 when Bierce threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Schneider.
The Warriors battled to the final whistle. Alton threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Billy Lewis to cut Cato-Meridian’s lead to 16 points at 36-20.
Kyle Mappley responded with a three-yard touchdown run that gave Cato-Meridian a 44-20 lead. Burnett scored Hannibal’s last touchdown of the regular season. Burnett scored on a run from two yards out.
Following Burnett’s touchdown, the Warriors trailed by 16 points at 44-28. Schneider went on to tally another score for Cato-Meridian before the game ended. Schneider capped off Cato-Meridian’s 22-point win with a four-yard touchdown run.