Reports published Oct. 22, 2010 in The Mexico Ledger


SOCCER: The Mexico soccer team lost to Boonville in a penalty kick shootout Thursday night. 
Boonvile scored first with 10 minutes remaining in the first half to take a 1-0 lead at the half.  Christian McKeown scored from an assist by Jose Hernandez 3 minutes into the second half. The score stayed tied at 1 through regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods.
In the first round of the shootout each team gets five kicks with the teams alternating shots. "Christian and Jose made theirs and we were tied at 2 apiece," stated Mexico Coach Chris Hotop. After the first round each team takes a kick until there is a winner. Boonville made their 7th kick and Mexico missed theirs to decide the game.
"This was Boonville's senior night and they came out fired up and put a lot of pressure on us in the first half. We had our chances but we just couldn't find the back of the net. For the game we outshot them 16-10," stated Hotop.
Goalie Logan Ray made some big saves in regulation and also in the shootout. 
The next match for Mexico is Monday at Hannibal.
FRESHMAN FOOTBALL: Mexico High School freshmen football team ended its season Thursday night with a loss to Hannibal 34-6.
The halftime score was 28-0. The Bulldogs came back stronger in the second half. "We played better in the second half and came out more fired up," stated Coach Daven Okenfuss. The defense was better in the second half and "we scored some points," he added.

MMS: Seventh and eighth grade football teams closed out their season Tuesday against Marshall.
SEVENTH GRADE
The seventh grade won 22-8 bringing their final season record to 6 and 2. Marshall scored first on a 2-yard run and a two-point conversion making it 8-0 at the end of the first-quarter. In the second quarter D'Milo Nunnelly returned a punt for 30 yards, scored a touchdown on a 3-yard run and ran for the 2-point conversion. Scott Speaks intercepted a pass for Mexico. The score at halftime was all tied up at 8-8.
At the end of the third quarter Mexico was leading 22-8 which was the final score of the game. Spencer Thomas threw a 20-yard pass play to Markail Williams for a touchdown. Spencer also ran for the 2-point conversion making the score Mexico 16-Marshall 8. To add to the score D'Milo Nunnelly had a 30-yard interception run for a TD. The 2-point conversion was no good.
In the fourth quarter Tommy Koppinger and Karsten Ekern led a superior defensive effort and Juan Lopez ran for 50 yards to end the game.
"The seventh grade team started strong and stayed that way, only losing two games all season," stated coach Roger Brallier.
EIGHTH GRADE
The eighth grade squad closed its season at 4-4 in a 52-33 lost to the Marshall Owls. Marshall opened the scoring with a 70-yard pass on their first play from scrimmage, then turned a quick turnover into a 14-0  lead just minutes into the game. Tyler Bracht opened the Bulldog scoring with a 12-yard run to make it 20-7 before two more Owl touchdowns produced a 32-7 Bulldog deficit at the half.
Joe Ochoa's 24-yard scamper opened the scoring in the third quarter. After another Owl touchdown, the Bulldogs answered when Cody Creed's pass found Austyn Sampo in the endzone to make it 40-19. Marshall mustered more fireworks, which Mexico answered on a 62-yard strike from Creed to Cole Jaramillo. Sampo completed the 2-point conversion pass from Creed to help the 'Dogs make it 45-27. Chance Harper produced the final Mexico points with a 55-yard run to pull the Bulldogs within two scores, but one last Owl touchdown sealed the result. "We fought the good fight, especially in the second half," said head coach Roger Brailler, "but were not able to stop their one standout player, who scored four touchdowns by himself." "It was the most physical game most of our players have ever played," said assistant coach Rusty Creed.