Posted: Oct 18, 2013 10:39 AM by Brent Pearson, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter
Updated: Oct 18, 2013 10:48 AM
(BOONVILLE) - The Boonville Pirates are looking to spoil the Moberly Spartans' perfect 7-0 record with just one more game remaining in the regular season. The Spartans' have never won at Boonville since they joined the North Missouri Central Conference.
Who: No. 4 Moberly Spartans (7-0) at Boonville Pirates (3-4)
When: Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, 7 p.m.
Where: Boonville High School, 1690 W. Ashley Rd., Boonville, Mo., 65223
Distance: 58.1 miles, or about a hour and three minute drive
Significance: Moberly needs a win to retain the top spot in the Class 4, District 6 rankings with one more game remaining in the season. They lead No. 3 Helias (5-2) by just over a point. Helias hosts Class 6, No. 4 CBC (St. Louis) on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Moberly Spartans: The Spartans are one of mid-Missouri's most exciting teams. The teams' defense has been outstanding this year, only allowing 93 total points. Moberly comes off a 56-36 win at home. The Spartans haven't had trouble scoring on any team this season, averaging 41 points per game.
Player to watch: Justin Connaway, senior QB - The senior scored three touchdowns in the Spartan's week seven thumping of Hannibal. Connaway, a second-year starter, controls the offense with ease and hasn't seen much difficulty against defenses. The 6-foot-1, 175 quarterback is a dual-threat for defenses. Connaway has a strong receiving core in seniors Blake Joiner and junior Scott Mason. Both receivers had touchdown catches in last week's win.
Boonville Pirates: Boonville enters this week's game coming off of a thrilling 42-39 victory over Fulton in week seven. The Pirates threw a game-winning ‘Hail Mary' pass with 4.6 seconds remaining to beat Fulton. The Pirates started off the season with a 0-3 record before winning two straight games. A loss to Kirksville halted the teams progress. The Pirates face the toughest test of the season with an undefeated high-powered, confident offense in Moberly. The Pirates will have their hands full with the Spartans and must play its best game of the season to win.
Player to watch: Jacob Francis, senior QB - Francis, Boonville's week seven hero, will need more magic to pull the upset on the Spartans. The 5-foot-10 quarterback is nearing the 1,000 yard mark on the season with eight touchdowns and three interceptions. Francis has completed just over 50-percent of his passes this season. The QB will have to step up and target his receivers for multiple touchdowns and hope his defense can force a few turnovers.
Prediction: In three of the four losses this season, Boonville has had, the team gave up 35 points of more. I expect Moberly to continue the trend and move to 8-0 on the season.
Moberly - 56
Boonville - 7
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