Senior Ricky Webb booted a school record 48-yard field goal, and defensively he would tip a Boonville pass having the football fell into the hands of classmate Nick Perkins. The Spartans defensive back returned it 28 yards for a touchdown as Moberly defeated the Pirates for the first time by a score of 24-6 at home.
"It feels great getting this win against Boonville on Senior Night. Great victory for us against a good team," said Perkins. "They fought hard, but we fought much harder, and we really wanted this win bad. This was so sweet to finally beat Boonville and doing so my senior year and on this particular game."
Senior Night at Moberly began with the Spartans triumphal march in to Dr. Larry K. Noel Spartans Stadium with the sound of bagpipes filling the air, and both players and coaches wearing pink-colored clothing to bring a more public awareness of the fight against breast cancer.
During the midfield coin toss with game officials, the Moberly football team and cheerleaders danced in sync to the tune of "Call Me Maybe."
This gesture brought some fun celebration on one side of the field while on the other there were some remarks of ridicule and finger pointing.
It was Week 8 of the 2012 season that brought Boonville here as the North Central Missouri Conference rivals work their way into better seed position for the ensuing district playoffs that begin in two weeks.
All of this hoopla before kickoff seemingly appeared the Spartans was confident in their mission to erase the memory that since the Pirates joined the NCMC in 2008, Boonville has defeated Moberly on every occasion.
"It's good to finally get this win against Boonville. Our games have been close the past couple of years. In both of those games we made enough plays to be able to get the win but we also made mistakes and gave the game away to them," said 12th year Moberly football coach Jason Ambroson. "Our defense did a good job making key stops when it was needed, and we managed to contain or control their speed. I think there were three to four times they reached inside the 25 and we stopped them, including a nice stand near the goal line and we came away with an interception (Scott Mason) and that pick was huge.
"Credit our kids. I thought defensively we did all right. Offensively, we could have done a little better but did not finish some drives off, and our quarterback (Justin Connaway) was sacked four times in this game which is more than he had been for the entire season leading up to tonight."
Friday night, it didn't take long for Moberly (6-2, 4-1 NCMC) to make-good on all the events taking place leading to kickoff.
Page 2 of 3 - Boonville had first possession but went three-and-out, but the Sp
artans scored on its first drive en route to building a 17-0 halftime lead.
Moberly's first ball possession had junior quarterback Justin Connaway completing 3-of-4 passes for 48 yards and was capped on an 8-yard touchdown run by senior Joe Galaske.
Connaway threw for 220 yards completing 17 of 27 passes.
Brandon Elkins had six receptions that went for 122 yards, and Blake Joiner caught five passes for 39 yards. Tight end Jalen Troy had four catches netting 24 yards, and Perkins covered 30 yards on his three receptions in the game.
Beginning with the first snap of the second quarter, Moberly changed the scoreboard twice before intermission arrived.
Galaske was handed the ball on second down and he rumbled up the middle 14 yards for his second TD of the evening, and a Boonville turnover led Moberly history being made.
The Pirates finally made their first trip to the Red Zone reaching the Moberly 16 when sophomore defensive back Scott Mason stepped up in front of a pass by Boonville's Jared Oser - one of three QBs used during the game - that was intended for Damario Walker in the end zone.
Mason returned the football to the 12-yard line with only 47 seconds left in the half.
From here, Connaway and company went to work quickly. After completing 5-of-6 passes using four different targets, the Spartans reached the Boonville 31 calling their last time out with 0:04 on the clock.
Ambroson brought his special teams unit onto the field where Webb would attempt a 48-yard field goal having his cousin Mickey Sires as long snapper and Connaway making the old.
However, before the snap, the Pirates called a time out to try and ice Webb.
But that idea melted.
The wheels were all set into motion for Webb to follow-through kicking a remarkable 48-yard field goal as time expired, breaking the Moberly football program's record by 1-yard shared by both Webb and Trey Barrow (2007), and the Spartans marched into the break with a 17-0 lead.
"I've been iced before in a game and actually I like it when it happens. It gives me the opportunity to go over to the sidelines to talk to our coach about stuff and that keeps me calmed down," said Webb. "I did not know how far of a field goal I was attempting, but I knew it was going to be a fairly long field goal attempt. Everything was perfect from the snap to the kick and I had some extra distance on my kick."
Boonville (4-4, 3-2 NCMC) played without the services of five starters due to discipline reasons, including the team's leading rusher and tackler senior Kelsey Callaway and senior back Gus Kemp.
Page 3 of 3 - It wasn't until late in the third quarter with 1:49 left that Boonville finally moved the chains effectively for a score. The Pirates put together an 80-yard drive that ended with a 3-yard touchdown run by Oser to trim the deficit to 17-6.
Oser was the Pirates leading rusher with 48 yards on 13 carries, and Walker rushed eight times for 35 yards.
The trio of quarterbacks used by Boonville combined to throw for 101 yards completing 7 of 15 passes, and two INTs.
"Boonville has a great offense and had to play with some adversity by not having some of their players on the field I thought for much of the game our defense did a nice job shutting Boonville down," said Webb. "We were hoping to make them have a goose egg, but we made a few mistakes and let that opportunity slip away from us."
In the fourth quarter, Moberly senior defensive lineman Kalob Hesson forced Boonville ball carrier Jordan Weaver to fumble, and the ball was recovered at the Pirates' 37 by Chris Palmer with 6:45 remaining in the game.
From here, the Spartans marched down field starting with an impressive over-the-shoulder catch by Brandon Elkins on a pass from Connaway for a 59-yard gain. Moberly had first down at the Boonville 4, but could not score and the Pirates took possession at it's 1 with just 4:28 left to play.
Moberly sealed the victory with a great defensive effort by the duo of Webb and Perkins.
Webb tipped Oser's pass toward the Spartans sidelines, and the ball landed in Perkins' hands. He returned it 28 yards and dived over the goal line as he was tackled for the final 24-6 score.
"It was a passing situation and I was lined up on No. 2 and Ricky was set up inside. I think we both read the quarterback's eyes as we both saw the ball coming our way," said Perkins. "Ricky got in front of the pass first and tipped it. I was nearby and was able to grab the interception, taking it in for the score. That was pretty fun."
Moberly will wrap up its regular season Oct. 19 playing at conference rival Mexico. The Bulldogs (1-7, 0-5 NCMC) are coming off a 35-19 road loss to Fulton from last Friday.