Williams, Pirates uses efficient approach to overwhelm Bulldogs in first half of NCMC victory


Hannibal senior running back Aneyas Williams scored three touchdowns on four offensive touches Friday night against Mexico in North Central Missouri Conference play in Mexico, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

MEXICO, Mo. — Aneyas Williams’ play gets described in a variety of ways, often with adjectives such as electric or dazzling.

Friday night, a new one was added to the list.


Williams had only four touches offensively during the Hannibal football team’s 61-7 victory over Mexico in North Central Missouri Conference play, but the all-state Mr. Everything turned those four touches into three touchdowns and 128 yards of total offense.

He added a 58-yard interception return for a touchdown that made it 28-0 with 4:13 remaining in the first quarter. The Pirates led 55-0 at halftime and finished the game with a running clock.

Williams, who has committed to the University of Notre Dame, scored the Pirates’ first four touchdowns. He had a 66-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game and followed it up by hauling in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Waylon Anders on the next possession and then taking a 45-yard scoring pass to the end zone.

His interception return came on the Bulldogs’ ensuing possession, and Williams’ night was essentially done after that.

Hannibal, ranked sixth in Class 4 with a 4-1 record, had 374 yards of total offense while limiting Mexico to 145 yards. Mike Ferriera led the Pirates with 113 yards rushing on 10 carries, while Anders completed 9 of 9 passes for 185 yards and three scores.

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