We put a cap on the regular season in Missouri on Thursday and Friday night. From here on out, it’s all about the playoffs:
Walking the plank
Our biggest Week 10 game in the Show-Me State pitted two ranked teams with No. 2 Helias going to No. 8 Hannibal with a district title on the line. Helias showed it has a legitimate chance to return to the Show-Me Bowl as a result of its 42-17 victory at Porter Stadium.
As a result of the loss, Hannibal’s path goes through Jefferson City. There’s a great chance the teams will meet again a week from Monday in the sectional round. If that happens, the Pirates will have to figure out a way to stop Helias’ talented duo of tailback Brad Wilson and quarterback Clint Distler. The two combined to rush for more than 300 yards on Friday as the Crusaders’ speed option attack flustered a Pirates defense that had pitched five straight shutouts.
Hannibal’s offense didn’t do the team any favors with two lost fumbles that the Crusaders eventually turned into 14 points. It will take a near-perfect effort for the Pirates to beat Helias should they meet again.
A sign of things to come?
In Class 1, Knox County and Scotland County earned playoff berths. Knox was crowned as the district champ, winning its first title since 1995 by rolling over Schuyler County, 46-6.
There’s a good chance that future district games involving Knox, Scotland and North Shelby could have the added luster of being for the Tri-Rivers Conference title. TRC powers Clark County and Brookfield are leaving the league after this season, leaving the door wide open for other teams to assume the mantle.
Busy day today
Playoff football all over the place today with Quincy High School, Quincy Notre Dame, Central-Southeastern, Brown County and Illini West in action. To follow all of the games as they happen, check out our Twitter feed. We’ll feed the scores on there as they happen.