It's been a long season for the Missouri Military Academy varsity football team that began with losses of 37 and 36 points at Van-Far6 and Clopton/Elsberry, respectively.

After that the Fighting Colonels lost their next five games 227-54, a run highlighted by a 42-36 loss to Slater at home on Sept. 8 heading into last Friday's home game against Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. And that's when all that hard work, dedication and belief came to fruition for MMA as it rushed for 276 yards on 19 carries en-route to winning 48-6.

Headlining this hard-fought performance for the Colonels at 5-for-6 for 151 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception along with three carries for 135 rushing yards and a score, including a 77-yard sprint, was quarterback Pedro De Rosa, and Matt Thibodeaux ran six times for 48 yards. Forrest Drummond came through to the tune of five rushes for 68 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 115 yards and two scores, as well, and Styles Fountain made two catches for 19 yards.

The other side of this effort for MMA had some similar themes that featured Drummond making seven tackles and recovering two fumbles, Thomas Huckins stepped forth to make a team-high nine defensive stops and Wrayvoss Givens added three tackles and one interception. Vernon Leach and Copeland Grahmann also charted five tackles each, Alex Ebersole stepped up to make four defensive stops and Fountain and Barrington Stanford chipped in with two tackles a piece.

Special teams didn't quite see the field the way the offense and defense did for the Colonels, but De Rosa did make 4-of-4 extra points and Drummond had a successful two-point conversion.

MMA, 1-7 overall, hosts Central Homeschool, 3-5 overall, on Friday in the final game of the regular season.