The Mexico Middle School football squads concluded their seasons Tuesday, splitting a pair of games to the Moberly Spartans in Moberly.
In seventh grade action, the Spartans beat the Bulldogs 38-20.
Down 16-0 at halftime, the Bulldogs never quit and managed three second half touchdowns but it wasn't enough to catch the Spartans.
"The boys never gave up and kept playing hard throughout the second half," coach Ron Bracht said.
Mexico's first touchdown came on a three yard run up the middle by Zach Neumann, but the team failed to convert the PAT.
After Tyler Bledsoe scrambled to gain five yards and score the Bulldogs' second touchdown, they were more successful and Bledsoe converted two to give the Bulldogs 14.
The Bulldogs managed one more touchdown, a 15 yard pass from Bledsoe to Roberto Matus.
The seventh graders finish the season 1-5.
Dillon Nichols led the Bulldogs in tackles.
"At the start of the year we were a very raw and inexperienced team," Bracht said. "Through hard work and practice the boys improved each week"
The eighth grade was more successful, beating the Spartans 32-14 to end the season 5-1.
"This was a nice way to cap off the season," coach David Okenfuss said. "Moberly had a grind it out offense that ate up some clock but we responded by scoring quickly on each of our possessions."
Michael White scored four touchdowns for the Bulldogs on runs of 10, 55, 40 and 45 yards. Tereese Aaron had a run of four yards to give the Bulldogs another touchdown and Kellen Ekern contributed to the scoring with a two-point conversion.
"I am very proud of the way this group performed this season," Okenfuss said. "As long as they work hard in the offseason and keep their numbers up, they will find much success as they move forward to the high school."