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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Macon blanks Twain for 6th straight win

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  • For the immediate future, Friday night was the final time that Macon and Mark Twain would face off on the gridiron.
    The Mark Twain Tigers will be moving to the Eastern Missouri Conference in the next school year, and Macon wanted to see them off with their sixth win in a row.
    They would do exactly that, as the Macon offense would put on a show, with the defense being a wall, in Macon's 49-0 walloping of Mark Twain.
    The Macon Tigers would win the coin toss, but elected to defer; something that has been a theme for the past few games.
    Mark Twain would have a few good running plays on their first drive, and would be forced into a three-and-out. The punt was blown dead at the Macon 35-yard line.
    On Macon's first play from scrimmage, QB Craig Smith would launch a pass to Brendan Watts, who raced 65 yards for a quick touchdown. The PAT from Brandon Sontheimer gave Macon a 7-0 lead.
    Twain would be pinned deep in their territory on their next drive, and would be unable to muster much, having to punt again.
    A fake punt by the Twain kicker would mean great field position for Macon, having the ball 1st & 10 at the Twain 36.
    Smith would loft a pass to Watts for 22-yards to the Twain 6, and backup QB Nate Richardson would bust in a short time later for a 2-yard score. The PAT gave Macon a 14-0 cushion.
    Another lifeless drive for Twain gave the visiting Tigers another great spot; 1st & 10 at the Twain 38.
    Smith would zip a pass to RB Joe Lewis, who took the ball down to the Twain 12-yard line. Lewis then raced in on the next play for the touchdown. The PAT gave Macon a 21-0 lead after a quarter of play.
    Twain would have some life on its next drive, but would be snuffed out by a penalty, forcing another turnover at their own 49.
    RB Kaleb Welch would race down to the Twain 26 on a 23-yard scamper. A pass to Jon Murray put the ball at the 18; A 4-yard run by Chris Little, followed by an 11-yard run for Lewis, set up Welch for a 3-yard touchdown run, giving Macon a 28-0 lead at halftime.
    Just before halftime, Tiger DB Brandon Sontheimer would pick off a pass from Twain QB Ethan Mack.
    Macon would receive the ball to start the second half and, on their first play from scrimmage, Lewis would break loose and race 56 yards for a touchdown, giving Macon a 35-0 lead.
    After forcing Twain into another three-and-out, the punt would go out of bounds at their own 20.
    On the following play, runner Luke Mosley would barge into the endzone on a 20-yard touchdown, ballooning Macon's lead to 42-0.
    Page 2 of 2 - Macon's next drive would belong solely to the second-team offense, and they were ready to play.
    Ethan Freeze would have an 11-yard run to the Macon 38-yard line. Later, Austen Harrison had a 30-yard run to the Twain 18.
    With 17 seconds left in the third quarter, Trae Adams would get in on the scoring action with a 7-yard touchdown run, making the score 49-0, which would be the final score.
    After the game, Macon head coach Pete Claas commented about how his offense handled the Twain defense, which gives up an average of 37 points per game.
    "They're very young, Mark Twain is, and I was very pleased with our offensive execution," he said. "We came out in the second half after a lull in the first half and took care of business."
    Claas was also happy with how his second-team players performed when the chance to get into the game came around.
    "I was very pleased, because when they came in last week, they didn't do very well," he said. "I thought that, tonight, they came out and executed well. They drove it down a couple of times. I was very pleased with our younger guys."
    Claas was also happy with how his defense held an opponent scoreless.
    "I was very pleased with our defense. They gave up one big drive, but other than that, our defense really played well," he said.
    On the night, Craig Smith was 7/14 passing for 177 yards and a TD.
    On the ground, Joe Lewis had four carries for 83 yards and two TDs. Ethan Pagliai had six carries for 33 yards.
    Austen Harrison had two carries for 39 yards. Kaleb Welch had four carries for 38 yards.
    Passing, Brendan Watts had two catches for 91 yards and a TD. Joe Lewis had two catches for 49 yards.
    Macon moves to 6-1 overall (6-1 CCC).
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