NMCC, which many figured to be a favorite to win the Class 3 District 1 field, saw its four-game winning streak snapped by Ste. Genevieve in a 54-7 loss Friday night at Dragons Stadium.
Despite their speed and athleticism, the Eagles (5-2) were no match for the stingy defense of Class 3's ninth-ranked Dragons (6-1), which held them to minus-5 yards of total offense, one first down and no touchdowns.
Speaking of offense, Ste. Genevieve, which celebrated its homecoming, had 450 total yards, 16 first downs and scored touchdowns on every possession but their last.
Six different Dragons scored TDs, including a hat-trick from senior tailback Taylor Huck, who rushed 10 times for 147 yards -- all in the first half.
The Eagles trailed 40-0 before Marquese Gates returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown with 6.3 seconds left in the first half. It was the third straight game in which the Dragons allowed a touchdown on a return.
The news got worse for the Eagles in the first half when quarterback Leslie Williams left the game on a stretcher after he suffered an ankle injury while playing defense.
The Eagles visit winless Perryville at 7 p.m. Friday to open district play. Perryville is the defending district champion.