Grain Valley falls at Hannibal
By Special to The Examiner
Hannibal, Mo. — Four turnovers were too much for Grain Valley to overcome Wednesday night.
The Eagles lost three of their five fumbles and quarterback Jeramey Maynard was intercepted once as they fell 26-17 to the host Hannibal Pirates in a Class 4 regional playoff.
“Defensively, we played very well. Offensively, there were just too many turnovers,” Grain Valley head coach Jimmy Tucker said. “Too many fumbles and mental errors. ... It was just fumbles, fumbled snaps, fumbles all over the field.”
Grain Valley (6-5) grabbed a 7-0 first-quarter lead when Dylan Farrell grabbed a 28-yard touchdown pass from Maynard.
Alex Velasquez booted a 24-yard field goal to put the Eagles ahead 10-7 with 3:04 left in the first half, but Hannibal (8-3) answered with a 37-yard field goal with 14 seconds left to tie it.
Ryan Nace’s 5-yard TD run with 2:16 left in the third quarter tied it 17-17, but the Pirates scored nine fourth-quarter points on Logan Hicks’ second TD run and a safety for the win.
The Eagles lost despite outgaining Hannibal 316 yards to 301 in total offense.
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