WRIGHT CITY, Mo. — Not a lot went right for the Mark Twain football team to close out the regular season.
Mark Twain was shut out 40-0 by Wright City in Eastern Missouri Conference action Friday night, and struggled to get anything going offensively. The Tigers will hope they can figure things out as district play begins next week.
The Wildcats scored three first-quarter touchdowns to build a 21-0 advantage after the opening 12 minutes. Wright City’s John Burke took the opening kickoff back 65 yards to make it 6-0. On the next possession, Wright City scored on a 23-yard run by Branden Contrares to make it 14-0. Will Janowski scored on the ensuing drive on a 14-yard run that made it 21-0 with 5:19 left in the first quarter.
Wright City scored two more times in the first half and led 34-0 going to the locker room. A 38-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Hayden Beck to Dillon Seabaugh put Wright City ahead 40-0 with 1:10 remaining in the third quarter, and it also triggered the running clock.
Avery Epperson was the leading rusher for Mark Twain as he recorded 30 yards on just seven attempts. He also made 30 tackles on the night, and one was for a loss. Jace Barton was limited to just one yard on five carries, however, he did complete two passes for 17 yards.
Quarterback Payton Hawkins completed 5 of 10 passes for 40 yards, but threw a pair of interceptions.
Ryan Spoonhower caught five passes for 36 yards for the Tigers.