T-Birds shut Eagles down, move on to quarterfinals

North Callaway's defense lines up to stop Southern Boone as its offense tries to gain yards during Monday night's game at NCHS.

North Callaway's defense lines up to stop Southern Boone as its offense tries to gain yards during Monday night's game at NCHS. Photo by Mandi Steele.

KINGDOM CITY — It took a full four quarters and two overtime periods to settle a Class 3, District 6 championship game between the North Callaway Thunderbirds and the Southern Boone Eagles 12 days ago.

There was no need for extra time in the rematch.

North Callaway forced three turnovers and shut down Southern Boone’s power running attack as the Thunderbirds blanked the Eagles 24-0 in a Class 3 sectional Monday night.

With the win, North Callaway (8-4) — which owns a seven-game winning streak — will host No. 3 School of the Osage in the Class 3 quarterfinals at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. School of the Osage (12-0) toppled Boonville 38-20 at home on Monday night.

The two teams — which played to a 38-32 double overtime T-Birds victory on Oct. 27 — both turned the ball over on downs on their opening drives Monday night. Eagles senior running back Tyler Grethen ran a fake punt on fourth-and-7 from the North Callaway 43-yard line that was stopped for no gain by sophomore defensive lineman Alex Whelan.

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