Nothing To Lose

The Eagles look to bring home the school’s first ever district championship against Hannibal


Chris Randolph

Assistant coach Nixon and the football team lock in before their big playoff game against Kirksville. The team will look to win its first district championship Friday against Hannibal.

Jaxin Osinski, Reporter

On Friday night when the lights flicker on and the whistles blow it’ll be the first time the Eagles have ever played in a district championship game. The adrenaline is running high and the boys are ready to leave it all out there.

They will be taking on Hannibal, the No. 2 seed in the district and a tough opponent. They run the ball a lot and play a 6-3 defense putting a lot of players in the box. It is going to be a very physical and rough game for the Eagles. 

“Our team plays better through adversity,” said junior offensive lineman Andrew Hansen.

The coaches have made many adjustments to the lineup to prepare for the game. This gives the Eagles a new and improved look. Guys like sophomore tight end Colby Adelsberger will have to step up in this game to help them win.

There is so much hype and excitement around this game that Hannibal is bringing their band and buses full of students. The atmosphere at this game will be like no other the Eagles have played in.

“I’m excited they are bringing their students because it will make the game more exciting, I think this type of energy will help our team succeed,” junior quarterback Blake Seaton said.

There is a lot riding on this game and everyone knows it. Starting junior defensive tackle Gage Krogman fractured his ankle last week in gym class. This isn’t keeping him on the sidelines as he is wrapping it and putting a brace on it so he can be on the field Friday night. The team is coming together and fighting through adversity to bring home a championship.

“This game is too important for me to not contribute to my team because of an injury,” Krogman said. 

The Eagles are looking to feed off the thrill and tensions in this game knowing the schools first district championship is in their grasp. Leaving blood, sweat, tears and every bit of there hearts on the field is all they plan to do.

The winner of Friday’s game advances to the sectional round to travel to play the winner of Ladue Horton Watkins vs. Rockwood Summit. Click here to see the full Class 4 playoff bracket