Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Macon hammers Boonville, heads for Semis

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  • After being beat on by Centralia six days before, the Macon Tigers entered District play Thursday night, playing host to the Pirates of Boonville.
    The Tigers would win the coin-toss, and would elect to defer to the second half. On the opening kick-off, Pirate returner Austin Hulbert would fumble the ball, and Tiger kicker Brandon Sontheimer covered it at the Pirate 39, giving Macon great field position.
    The Tigers would go on a seven-play drive, and would score on a three-yard run by Chris Little, giving Macon a 6-0 lead at the 8:54 mark in the first period. That score would hold into the second frame.
    The two teams would go back-and-forth on drives, without much success. Macon would have two interceptions in the process; one by Josh Turner, the other by Luke Mosley.
    Just before halftime, the Tigers were driving for another score. Set up at their own 49-yard line, QB Craig Smith completed a 15-yard pass to Brendan Watts, then a 29-yard pass to Joe Lewis, giving Macon a 1st & Goal at the Pirate 7.
    Lewis would cash in on the next play for a 7-yard Tiger touchdown. Smith would hit Turner for the 2-point conversion, giving Macon a 14-0 lead at halftime.
    The Tigers received the ball to open the second half, and they would strike fast. On the third play from scrimmage, Smith would connect with Watts on a 63-yard TD reception. The PAT by Sontheimer gave Macon a 21-0 lead early in the third quarter. Mosley would have his second pick-off in the third period.
    The Pirates would get a little momentum late in the period. After recovering a a Tiger fumble, Pirate tight-end Tyler Peterson would push his way into the endzone from two yards out to get Boonville on the board, making the score 21-6.
    The Tigers would get those points right back on the next drive. After a kick out of bounds put the ball at the Tiger 35, Lewis would break loose and take off on a 65-yard run for a touchdown. Sontheimer's PAT gave Macon a 28-6 lead after three quarters.
    On the Pirates ensuing drive Pirate QB Jacob Francis would be picked off for the fourth time in the game, as Turner collected his second pick. The Tigers set up shop at the Pirate 25.
    Macon would waste no time in capitalizing on the turnover. Smith would float a pass to Watts, who would roll into the endzone for a touchdown. The PAT by Sontheimer gave the Tigers a 35-6 lead just seconds into the fourth period.
    Macon's defense would hold the rest of the way, and the Tigers advanced to the Semifinals with a 35-6 win over Boonville.
    After the game, Macon coach Pete Claas was impressed with how his guys played after being beat the week before.
    Page 2 of 2 - "I thought we had a great week of practice. The conditions were not very good, but the kids didn't let it bother them, and they executed very well," he said.
    Claas was also pleased with his defense, which came up with a total of five turnovers against Boonville.
    "We knew going in that, with a sloppy field, the conditions were going to be a factor. I was pleased with how well we took care of the ball," he said.
    Claas was also very pleased with his team getting a 1st round win, after losing in the same round in 2012.
    "It was a polar opposite of last year in this game, and the kids understood that their (Boonville) record didn't indicate how well they played," he said. "They took them very seriously and that payed off."
    The Tigers improve to 8-2 overall and earn a rematch with Centralia in the semifinals Wednesday night at Miller Field in Centralia.
    The Panthers played host to Southern Boone Thursday, and would beat on the Eagles 49-16.
    Gametime is 7 p.m. Wednesday night.
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