Joined idle Southwest Livingston (8-man bye) in coming week's district semifinals with home triumphs Nov. 1. Season ended for Trenton, Brookfield, Braymer/Breckenridge, and Polo with losses

Half of the non-Chillicothe high school football teams in the C-T coverage area will have district-playoffs semifinal games next Friday after a quarterfinals-round showing typical of the season-long play of the area clubs.
With Southwest Livingston sitting out, thanks to its top seeding and bye in 8-man District 2, the other seven posted fewer victories than defeats last Friday, ending the season for four of them.
Moving on the semifinals with on-field success were Class 1 teams Hamilton: Penney, Carrollton, and Marceline. Hearing the final whistle of 2019 were Class 2 Brookfield and Trenton, Class 1 Polo, and 8-man Braymer/Breckenridge.
In only one of the seven contests involving area teams last Friday – Hamilton’s clash with Maysville/Winston’s co-op club – was there any uncertainty of the eventual outcome during the fourth quarter of the game. Tied 21-21 as the final period began, Hamilton’s Hornets produced a pair of touchdowns to gain a 35-21 verdict.
As Southwest Livingston’s co-op squad that integrates Hale and Tina-Avalon students joins the fray this week, at least one of the four still alive is guaranteed to drop out this week, since two will square off against each other.
In Class 1 District 5, top-seeded Marceline (9-1) will host No. 4 Carrollton (5-5) in a game which might be more competitive than the seedings normally would suggest. They have four common opponents and, with the exception of one, their margins of victory in each were reasonably similar.
While Carrollton is only a .500 squad overall this fall, it is undefeated when facing Class 1 competition, just as Marceline is. All five Trojans losses came at the hands of Class 2 fellow members of the Missouri River Valley Conference-East. Marceline’s lone loss was in week three to Brookfield in their “Bell Game.”
Southwest Livingston’s Wildcats (8-1) and Hamilton (5-5) will have regular-season rematches in their district-semifinals home contests this Friday.
The Wildcats will entertain Stewartsville/Osborn (3-7), a squad it shredded 48-0 in only two quarters of play in late-September action at Ludlow. Hamilton: Penney again will clash with fellow KCI Conference member Plattsburg (5-5), having slipped by the Tigers by an unusual 7-2 count in week six a month ago.
Hamilton: Penney 35, Maysville/Winston 21
HAMILTON, Mo. — When Maysville/Winston punched the ball into the end zone on a 4-yards run midway through the third quarter and succeeded on its 2-points conversion attempt, the Wolverines (1-9) had the game with the favored hosts in a 21-21 knot.
However, Hornets junior All-State running back Sawyer Morrow, who already had broken 72- and 88-yards scoring bursts in the first half, shook free again from the Maysville/Winston 35 with a minute into the final quarter, restoring Hamilton to the lead.
After the Hornets’ defense held, the home team’s offense worked the ball into the Wolverines’ red zone and, with just over five minutes remaining, essentially iced the win on Corbin Henderson’s 8-yards run.
Morrow averaged only 20 yards a carry on the night, amassing 228 rushing yards on a mere 11 attempts. In addition, Hornets quarterback Ryan Cook ran for another 77.
R. Cook also hit on seven of 10 passes for a deadly 161 yards. He connected with Kevin Williams for another big-play Hamilton score on the opening snap of the second stanza, their hookup covering 56 yards to produce a 14-0 lead. Williams caught four throws for 112 yards overall.
That early dominance did not last, though. Maysville/Winston stuck two short runs across the Hornets’ goal line in the last four minutes of the opening half to pull within 21-13 at intermission. That set up the game-tying score and conversion about five minutes into the final half.
Statistically, Hamilton out-gained the Wolverines by a wide margin – 490-156, had a 17-9 advantage in first downs, and denied the guests a successful third-down conversion all night, yet still could not pull away, in part because Maysville/Winston did succeed on three of the five occasions when it attempted to move the yardsticks on a fourth-down offensive play.
Defensively for Hamilton, Tucker Ross was extremely active, getting in on 19 total tackles – 16 of them credited as unassisted, according to statistics shared by Hornets head coach Caleb Obert. Ross made two of his solo stops behind the line of scrimmage.
Also for the Hornets, Eli Harper had eight solo tackles and five assists and R. Cook five solos and seven assists.
Carrollton 29, Fayette 8
CARROLLTON, Mo. — As projected, being at home the second time around and having played a more-daunting lineup of opponents in the latter half of the regular season served Carrollton’s Trojans well in their postseason-opener rematch with their first regular-season foe.
Although specifics on the 3-scores victory over a team it shaded by seven points to start the year had not yet been reported by CHS head coach Scott Finley at the time of the posting of this story, Carrollton again surrendered only one touchdown, while doubling its output to four.
Marceline 48, Concordia: St. Paul Lutheran 14
MARCELINE, Mo. — In a game it could have won by a far-wider margin – the Tigers led 40-0 at the half and virtually all of the second half was played with the “running clock” in use, MHS second-year head coach Mark Ross continued to liberally utilize underclassmen throughout the game not only for what they are ably providing to the 2019 team, but with an eye toward giving them a big headstart on 2020.
While senior Cullen Bruner racked up 143 rushing yards and four touchdowns on only nine carries and made a tea-high eight tackles, classmate Alex McCauslin threw for 90 yards and one score, receiver Austin Tarpening pulled in two passes for 31 yards, and 2020 graduate-to-be Colby Sims provided six tackles, multiple sophomores continued announcing themselves as the nucleus of strong Tigers teams the next two years.
Wyatt Molloy touched the ball only twice on offense, but each play – one a run, the other a reception – produced a 58-yards gain. His catch put six points on the board. He also had a defensive touch, intercepting a pass.
Additionally, Hunter Nelson ran for 50 yards on six carries, understudy quarterback Jaco Stallo completed five of seven attempts for 54 yards and a score, Jace Bixenman caught a 10-yards touchdown pass and recovered a fumble, Will Heller also hauled in a 10-yards scoring throw, Sam Gillman had a 22-yards reception and interception, and Jaxon Schmidt had five solo tackles among the six stops he got in on.
Even freshman Max Cupp helped out, recovering a Saints fumble.
Richmond 48, Brookfield 22
RICHMOND, Mo. — The underdog Bulldogs of Brookfield (2-8) showed plenty of bite, as well as some bark, in playing the host Spartans very tough for two quarters. However, after trailing only 20-16 at intermission, BHS sagged and Richmond (7-3) surged to break the Class 2 District 8 contest open.
Blanked since the opening period, the hosts reawakened when their quarterback scrambled 45 yards for a touchdown up the left sideline in the third period, the first of 3-consecutive RHS TDs that salted the win away.
Statistically, Brookfield more than held its own in the running department, gaining 235 yards to Richmond’s 276. The difference, however, was the Spartans throwing for 220 more yards, compared to the Bulldogs’ 15.
In addition, BHS turned the ball over three times (two fumbles) and created only one takeaway.
Mid-Buchanan 55, Polo 8
WILLOW BROOK, Mo. — One of the three anticipated blowouts of area clubs that played out according to form, 2018 state semifinalist Mid-Buchanan (9-1) ran for a touchdown, threw for one, and returned both a kickoff and a punt for scores – all in the opening quarter. An 88-yards run early in the second stanza led to another 20 points before halftime of the Class 1 District 7 contest.
Polo senior Wyatt Segar gave it all he had in his last football outing, catching five Caleb Thompson passes for 143 yards, including a 30-yards scoring strike that averted a shutout in the last period. Segar also led the PHS defense with seven tackles – five unassisted – and ran the ball 11 times for 35 yards.
Statistically, “Mid-Buck” rushed for 410 yards to Polo’s 63 and took the ball away from the Panthers three times without having a turnover of its own.
Polo completed a second-straight winless year.
Lathrop 62, Trenton 13
LATHROP, Mo. — Facing a 2018 state runnerup on the road, Trenton (2-8) was given no chance of extending its regular-season-ending 2-games winning streak. It took virtually no time to understand why.
The Mules (10-0), only Class 2 District 8’s No. 2 seed because of the presence of Maryville, scored on its first offensive play – a 25-yards pass – and its second – an 86-yards run by Caden Rardon in the game’s first seven minutes.
However, those were only the second and fourth LHS touchdowns of the night.
Before the TD pass, Lathrop had returned the punt Trenton kicked at the end of a game-opening 3-and=out for a touchdown. Then, after the scoring pass, when Trenton again lined up to punt, Mule Nick Knight both blocked it and picked it up at the THS 5 and ran it into the end zone.
Adding another offensive touchdown on a Tyler Paul run before the first quarter concluded, Lathrop led 35-0 going to the second, in which it scored twice more. Rardon’s second long journey – a 47-yarder this time – made it (with the extra-point kick) 49-0, Mules, less than halfway through the second stanza.
Even before halftime, Lathrop was utilizing its second-string offensive players, which it continued to do most of the rest of the way.
Trenton made sure it would not be blanked whenMark Trump’s 40-yards run set up Jaren Whitney’s 7-yards touchdown run 20 seconds before halftime.
After Lathrop tacked on a 60-yards TD run in the third frame and another scoring punt runback in the fourth, Trump capped a 116-yards rushing night – on 16 carries –  pounded in from 13 yards out in the last minute of the second half.
Lathrop out-gained Trenton 439-144, rushing for 402 yards. The Mules also owned the turnovers battle 3-0.
North Shelby 76, Braymer/Breckenridge 7
SHELBYVILLE, Mo. — In a repeat of an early-season mismatch, Braymer/Breckenridge (0-10) also concluded a 2nd-consecutive winless campaign after making the lengthy trip to northern Shelby County. Like Trenton, it did manage to avert being shut out by the hugely-favored foe.
No details on the Bobcats’ season finale were reported or available.

       MEC SCORES

Chillicothe 61, KC: Southeast 12
Knob Noster 49, KC: St. Pius X 6
Maryville 62, St. Joseph Christian/Northland Christian 0
Cameron 51, KC: Central Academy 22
St. Joseph: Benton 40, KC: Pembroke Hill 27
Savannah 60, KC: Northeast 0
Excelsior Springs 28, St. Joseph: Lafayette 24