By Rob Tetro
The Hannibal varsity football team fell to Syracuse-ITC in its regular season finale Oct. 18 by a score of 55-14.
After a competitive first quarter, Syracuse-ITC took over from there and scored 42 unanswered points during the second, third and fourth quarters.
Early in the first quarter, Hannibal took a 7-0 lead when Tim Webber caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Alton. However, Syracuse-ITC was quick to respond. They tied the game at 7 when Josh Thomas ran for a 5-yard touchdown.
Later in the first quarter, The Warriors recaptured the lead when running back Christian Knox muscled his way in from 2 yards out to give Hannibal a 14-7 lead.
Syracuse-ITC cut the lead to a point before the first quarter ended. Keenan Scott ran for a 9 yard touchdown to cut The Warriors lead to 14-13.
Syracuse-ITC took the lead for good during the second quarter. Josh Thomas scored on a 43-yard scamper to put Syracuse-ITC ahead, 21-14. Syracuse-ITC added to its lead later in the second quarter when Keenan Scott ran for a 6-yard touchdown to give them a 27-14 lead.
Syracuse-ITC struck again before the first half ended. Tyler Carbonaro tossed a 35-yard touchdown pass to Josh Thomas to give them a 35-14 halftime lead.
It didn’t get better for Hannibal in the second half.
Keenan Scott returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for the score to put Syracuse-ITC ahead, 42-14. Later in the third quarter, Zhamir Wright scored on a run from 25 yards out to give Syracuse-ITC a 49-14 lead.
During the fourth quarter, Syracuse-ITC wrapped up a solid performance with Saivaugn Coleman running for a 13-yard touchdown to cap off Syracuse-ITC’s impressive 55-14 win over The Warriors.
Leading the way for Hannibal was quarterback Trevor Alton, who completed 16 out of 29 passes for 231 yards with a touchdown and 3 interceptions. Alton also ran for 8 yards on 2 carries.
Following Alton was Tim Webber with 9 rushes for 58 yards. Greg Hadcock had 3 carries for 5 yards and Christian Knox ran for 3 yards and a touchdown on 3 rushes for the Warriors.
Tim Webber was Alton’s favorite target against Syracuse-ITC. Webber caught 8 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown. Following Webber was Greg Hadcock and Zach Janes who combined for 6 catches for 50 yards. Christian Knox and Austin Matteson each caught a pass while combining for 18 yards for Hannibal.
Defensively, the Warriors were led by Greg Hadcock, with 17 tackles, followed by Zach Janes with 12 tackles. and an interception, Tim Webber with 10 tackles, Christian Knox with 7 tackles, Nathan Welling with 6 tackles, Jacob Whitcomb with 5 tackles, Devon Weldin with 4 tackles and Ryan Weldin and Austin Mattison had 3 tackles each.