Aneyas Williams unleashed the Jefferson City Jays, leading the Hannibal Pirates to a 53-28 victory in the Jays’ home opener on Friday night at Adkins Stadium.
Williams, a four-star rookie for the class of 2024 who holds offers from virtually every top show in the country, clocked up 327 total yards and set a school record of eight touchdowns.
“I don’t think anything went wrong, he’s a talented young man,” said Jefferson City manager Damon Wells. “I will spend all my time with my children and will try to educate them.”
Williams started early, throwing a 15-yard pass to the end zone to get Hannibal 7-0 just over two minutes into the game, but Jefferson City punched the Pirates in the mouth for the next 11 minutes. of game.
The Jays faced a third and a 11 on their first possession at 27, but Zane Wings landed a great first down with a 20-yard run. Three plays later, Jacob Wilson hit Ryan Tadsen on a flight path along the nearby sideline for a 38-yard score.
“I was looking for him,” Wilson said. “It was there, I had faith in my receivers. We have three really great receivers and it happened to be Ryan in that play. We have everything planned for the week and have worked great as a team. “
The Pirates went into the Jefferson City red zone on the next drive, but the Jays got a big fourth down to resume at their 17.
It didn’t take long for Jefferson City to score again. Rodney Wilson got a carry on a third and a-10 and found his way to the sideline, hit his high gear and took it 67 yards for a home call. It’s his second over 60-yard touchdown of the season already after taking his only 69-yard carry for a touchdown in Week 1.
“It’s the offensive line,” Rodney Wilson said. “They do their job when they should and are really good when we run it. We just have to run it more. “
Hannibal put the ball on the ground to follow and Ethan Garnett picked up the fumble and returned it to Hannibal 25. Jacob Wilson wasted no time in putting the Jays ahead 21-7 with a 13-yard touchdown.
It was practically all Hannibal for the rest.
Williams got his second score of the game on the first play of the next drive, hitting the sideline again after a couple of broken tackles and going home for 70 yards.
After a fumble lost by Jefferson City, the Pirates had their most methodical drive of the night, going 53 yards in 15 plays, finishing with a 1-yard touchdown from Williams, to equalize the game at 21 with just over four minutes left. end half.
The game’s main turning point came after this drive.
Jefferson City was forced into a three-and-out and had to punt from his own 12-yard line. Joe Kuster did not have a free lane to remove the punt and his punt only traveled 10 yards before going out of bounds, placing Hannibal in Jays’ 27th.
Hannibal faced a quarter and 12 at the 14-yard line and quarterback Waylon Anders was forced to throw a double-cover jump ball, but Williams lifted the ball and scored the go-ahead. The Pirates would remain in command forever.
The Pirates scored in the first half after a Jefferson City punt, but the Jays never gave up.
Jacob Wilson took a sneaky 40-yard quarterback to put Jefferson City in position to score and Kantrell Jordan did just that, bringing a 38-yard carry to the end zone to bring Jefferson City to a score.
“All I know is that we competed,” Wells said. “We gave ourselves the opportunity to win the football match in the second half, and we will take it every Friday night.”
The Pirates’ defense strengthened for the rest of the night, keeping the Jays just 51 yards for the rest of the course.
It was an all night trench battle, and the Jays clashed with one of the best teams in Class 4. Hannibal (1-1) finished in 10th place in the game.
“It was a very physical game,” Wells said. “Our boys are young and are still learning to win consistently. While we have 94 children on the roster, we still only have 12 seniors. This has been a great environment and a great experience for our guys to learn from and keep improving for the rest of the season ”.
After Hannibal beat Jefferson City 40-13 and 47-0 last season, the Jays feel like they’re closing the gap against a possible district rival in the Pirates.
“We have learned that they are human,” Jacob Wilson said. “Last year they targeted us, but this year they are human. We know that if we enter there, we will prepare and chase it. “
“Oh, we’ll see them again,” Rodney Wilson. “They give a lot of the ball to 22 (Williams). That’s a guy we need to stop, 33 (Markahl Humphrey) is a guy we need to stop. They have a great offensive lineman. We just have to make more tackles, we have to make more tackles and that was a big part of today’s loss. “
Jefferson City (1-1) will now turn his focus to his first Central Missouri Activities Conference game on Friday against Rock Bridge in Columbia. The Jays know it won’t be easier.
“We now have Class 6 schools, so it’s certainly not easy down the road,” Wells said. “But whatever, it’s the conference we’re at, so we’ll take all the attendees and see if we can give ourselves a chance to win on Friday night.”
“Rock Bridge beat us last year, so we’re coming for revenge,” said Jacob Wilson.