Anderson, Maddux power Southwest Livingston past Union Star, Hamilton edges previously-unbeaten Milan in double overtime, and Marceline shuts out Gallatin in 2018 district semifinals Friday, Nov. 2

In games that developed largely right along the projected lines Friday night, the three C-T-area high school football teams from outside of Chillicothe pulled off a semifinals sweep in district play last Friday, effectively making each 2018 state playoffs qualifiers.
In 8-man District 3, Southwest Livingston junior quarterback Mack Anderson had a hand in all 13 – yes, 13 – Wildcats touchdowns and Wyatt Maddux equaled a school single-game record for touchdown receptions with five as the blue-and-white Ludlow-based team pulled ahead in the second and third periods to defeat visiting King City 84-62.
In 11-man Class 1 District 8, Hamilton trailed undefeated host Milan at halftime, led going into the fourth quarter, and then ended up playing two overtimes before Sawyer Morrow’s touchdown run and Ryan Cook’s game-ending pass interception advanced it to the district finals (state round of 16) with a 20-13 triumph.
That district’s other semifinal also produced an area victory, albeit in far more clear-cut fashion. Second-seeded Marceline shut out Gallatin 29-0 at home, earning the right to host this week’s district-title game when Hamilton kayoed the top seed.
While Hamilton (8-3) is at Marceline (10-1) this Friday night, the Southwest Livingston/Hale/Tina-Avalon co-op team will roll northwest to Pattonsburg to face the equally-high-powered offense owned by the Pattonsburg/Gilman City/North Harrison co-op Panthers. Both are now 9-1.
Southwest Livingston 84, King City 62
LUDLOW, Mo. — After a sane – by 8-man standards – first quarter that began with Anderson’s 75-yards touchdown return of the opening kickoff and ended in a 14-14 tie, the Wildcats strafed the King City/Union Star pass defense the rest of the night with some big runs by the SLHS junior star mixed in.
After each side tallied again early in the second stanza, Southwest took total charge, outscoring the Wildkats 38-14 the rest of the first half to seize a 58-34 intermission lead.
Having already twice having connected for scoring strikes of 22 and 35 yards, three-straight Anderson aerials found their way to Maddux’s mitts for touchdowns covering 30, 14, and 56 yards as the Wildcats zoomed away.
Before second quarter concluded, Anderson had notched his second and third TD runs of the game – from two and 10 yards away – and he’d found Maddux for six points a fifth time, this one going for 25 yards and tying Justin Jones’ 2011 school record, SLHS coach Eric Fairchild notes.
After the offense-crazed second segment finally expired and fans had a chance to exhale, Southwest Livingston fairly comfortably managed its 24-points lead through the second half.
In the third quarter, Anderson hit Nate Reith for a 25-yards score and dashed 55 yards for his fourth rushing score of the evening. The final frame included the last two of the Wildcats quarterback’s eight scoring darts – a 20-yarder to Reith and a last 6-yard flip to Caleb Eddins.
For the night, Anderson completed half of his 26 pass attempts for an even 300 yards, more than offsetting a first-quarter interception with his eight TD throws, rushed 26 more plays for 152 yards and four scores, and had the long TD among four kickoff returns for 115 yards. No defensive statistics were reported before press time.
Maddux tied Jones’ receiving touchdowns mark while making seven snares for 192 yards. Eddins’ short TD was one of his four receptions for 83 yards and Reith had three total catches for 50 yards.
Pattonsburg, which lost to Southwest Livingston 36-30 in last year’s district semifinals, cruises into the district off a 66-12 cakewalk over North Shelby last Friday.
Aside from Chillicothe’s 38-7 loss at Maryville, the other Midland Empire Conference teams in district-semifinals action also squared off with the predictable 50-10 Savannah win over Kansas City: St. Pius X the result.
Hamilton 20, Milan 13 (2 ot)
MILAN, Mo. — A taut affair from start to finish and extending beyond the scheduled 48 minutes finally was settled when Hornets senior defensive back Ryan Cook stepped in to grab a third-and-goal pass by Ryan Dabney in the second overtime.
Cook’s play followed knockaways by freshman Tucker Ross and senior Michael Roberts on Dabney’s first- and second-down throws. Milan had earned the first-and-goal with a clutch fourth-down conversion to extend its attempt to tie the game again.
Hamilton had missed a chance to take the game in one overtime, having a pass picked off after it held the host Wildcats on the initial OT possession. However, the Hornets converted on their second-overtime series with a 4-yards run by Morrow as he sidestepped a would-be tackler around the line of scrimmage. Morrow then kicked the extra point to make it 20-13.
Milan (10-1) netted the only points of the first half when Dabney connected with Hunter Shaw on a 28-yards pass in the opening period.
Down only 7-0 at the half thanks to a second-period goal-line stand, Hamilton got after it in the third quarter and moved in front.
First, Morrow got free for a 35-yards touchdown run and tied things with his point-after kick. Then, Cook found Connor Kavanaugh for a 23-yards scoring strike that made it 13-7. However, the Hornets left the door open for a heartbreaking loss by missing the conversion kick.
When bruising MHS running back Jamual Pagan crunched in from a yard out with 8:15 left in the fourth period, Milan was tied and had a chance to regain the lead, but also did not convert successfully.
Statistically, Morrow shouldered a big, big load, carrying 37 times for 219 of the Hornets’ 259 yards. Pagan was limited to 77 yards on 24 carries.
Milan, whose only turnover was on the game’s last play, was more successful in the air, throwing for 160 yards to Hamilton’s 78. Milan also picked off three Hornets passes.
Defensively, senior line star Tyler Trosper of Hamilton was credited with six unassisted stops and five tackles for loss among his seven stops, while Morrow had a team-leading 11 total tackles, eight of which were solo and two of which were behind the line of scrimmage.
Eli Harper and Derek Aikin each were in on eight stops, with Aikin having a sack and Harper a tackle for a loss. Beyond his game-ending pickoff, Cook had six unassisted tackles among the eight he was in on.
Marceline 29, Gallatin 0
MARCELINE, Mo. — The host Tigers not only won, but got the bonus of earning another home game when Hamilton also prevailed.
In its own triumph over a Grand River Conference-East foe, Marceline scored in each quarter while its defense, as some suspected, proved too tough for Gallatin (8-3).
The Tigers’ standout was junior running back/linebacker/placekicker Cullen Bruner, who was a factor in each of those roles.
On defense, he made 10 solo tackles among the 11 stops in which he participated. Three of those resulted in losses and he also had a fumble recovery.
On offense, Bruner rushed 18 times for 91 yards, going 17 yards to the end zone for the game’s first TD in the first period and darting 19 yards with 1:42 left in the third.
He kicked extra point after each of MHS’ third-quarter TDs and capped his night with a field goal with 3:43 left in the game.
The other two Tigers touchdowns came on long passes from Chase Billups to Clayton Stallo – a 66-yarder four minutes before halftime and a 42-yards connection only 40 seconds after play resumed after halftime.
Stallo finished with five catches for 143 yards and Desmond Harrison snared four more of Billups’ 14 completions in 22 throws for 65 yards. Billups shredded the GHS Bulldogs defense for 321 passing yards.
In addition to Bruner’s stalwart defensive play, fellow linebacker Colby Sims had 10 total tackles – seven by himself, Seth Cupp notched nine stops – five solo, and Stallo made four of his eight tackles on the Gallatin side of the line of scrimmage. Stallo had five solo tackles and intercepted a pass as well.
Savannah 50, KC: St. Pius X 10
SAVANNAH, Mo. — Like Maryville did with Chillicothe, the host Savages repeated their regular-season dominance of SPX’s Warriors, although the Kansas City team put up a good fight for a quarter.
Savannah picked up three first-period touchdowns, but twice did not convert. When St. Pius X produced a touchdown of its own and a field goal by Chris Rupp, who has close relatives in Chillicothe, it was within 19-10 going to the second period, despite its defensive struggles.
However, Savannah’s defense took charge thereafter, blanking the Warriors (7-4) the rest of the way.
When Savannah (8-3) added 10 third-quarter points to its 25-10 halftime margin, the game was essentially decided. To make sure, the Savages posted two more touchdowns in the last frame to end the game with the “running clock” in use.
After losing big to Maryville at home late in the regular season, Savannah will have to try to reverse that result on the Spoofhounds’ field this Friday.