Sometimes quality programs don't match up with other squads the way they might like.
For example, the Montgomery County varsity football team went into week nine with a record of 4-4 overall before losing two games in-a-row to North Callaway by a combined score of 115-28. While the first of those matchups came in Eastern Missouri Conference action while the second was a Class 2, District 5, game, the Thunderbirds now move on to host Hallsville, 6-4 overall, on Friday in the district semifinals.
The good news for the Indians is that they've won two of their last three and four of their last six. Even though that pales in comparison to North Callaway's nine-game winning streak, they were able to pull off a 35-14victory over Hermann, 4-6 overall, last week to begin the postseason. Hallsville also began 2017 by claiming victory in three of its initial four games that was highlighted by wins at Southern Boone 28-24 on Sept. 8 and at Mark Twain 41-6 on Aug. 25.
Now the Indians have to try and stop a Thunderbird's offense that averages almost 272 rushing yards and 99 passing yards per game with 67 total touchdowns. If Hallsville is able to somehow successfully maneuver through that ring of fire it then has to go head-to-head with a defense that's accumulated 18 sacks and 14 interceptions while posting 59 tackles per contest.
As for how North Callaway plans on turning its dreams into reality, Adam Reno would probably be the jumping off point considering he's averaging over 200 all-purpose yards per game. Austin Edwards and Jordan Delashmutt have also charted 992 and 839 total yards, respectively, all of which could mean a little or a lot depending on the contributions of athletes such as Mason Wortmann, Dawson Wright or Bradley Berry.
Another factor that could end up working in the T-Birds favor that's not always a part of its game plan is the two-point conversion. This season the team has seven conversions, five by ground and two by air. Considering Delashmutt and Berry are the only ones with multiple successful attempts, one of those two most likely will either get the ball or serves as a decoy if it comes down to that.
Keeping in mind that numbers only mean so much compared to the actual game play, currently North Callaway is ranked 102nd in the state and 4,291st in the nation while Hallsville is listed at 133rd in Missouri and 5,568th in the country according to maxpreps.com.