by Rob Tetro
For the second season in a row, the Hannibal Varsity Football Team earned a victory in a cross divisional contest.
After dominating the first half, the Warriors had a 24-0 halftime lead. Despite Thousand Islands’ best efforts to rally during the second half, Hannibal held on for a 38-28 win.
Even though the Warriors scored only once during the first quarter, their defense quickly made it known that they were ready to play. Hannibal’s lone first-quarter points came when Tim Webber scored on a run from two yards out.
Hannibal kept it going on both sides of the ball during the second quarter. The Warriors took a 16-0 lead when quarterback Trevor Alton threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Shortslef. Hannibal added to its lead when Brandon Burnett scored on a run from 25 yards out. Burnett’s run gave the Warriors a 24-0 advantage.
Thousand Islands got some momentum on both sides of the ball during the third quarter. Collin Bourcy rushed for a two-yard touchdown run, which cut Hannibal’s lead down to 16 points at 24-8.
Both offenses were in prime form during the fourth quarter. The Warriors lead was cut to eight points at 24-16 when Alex Cooley scored on a run from three yards out.