The 2015 football season is here.

Weight room time, passing leagues, camps and August practices are behind and the next order of business are the MICDS Rams. Game time is 7 p.m. Friday at Porter Stadium. Again this season, Terry Ahern and I will have the call of Hannibal Pirate football on KHMO and here on khmoradio.com. We'll air tonight's game with the Rams and break away on the air for Cardinal baseball as events warrant. The Cards first  pitch isn't until 9:10 p.m. out in San Diego, so we'll get through most, maybe all of the game by then.

We will have stream all the live play by play on line here on khmoradio.com on all Pirate games and we will also play Friday night's game back during our Sunday morning replay between 9 and 11 a.m.

Hannibal comes into this game off an 8-3 campaign in 2014. MICDS went 3-7. These two teams met for the first time a year ago on a steamy and hot Saturday morning in St. Louis with Hannibal picking up a 28-14 win. Dylan Powell blocked a Rams punt to set up a 15 play, 44 yard drive to put Hannibal up early on 7-0. In the fourth quarter, it looked as if the game was headed to overtime until Shamar Griffith broke a 58 yard TD run to put Hannibal up 21-14. A couple plays later, Jerry McBride took his second interception of the day to the end zone for a game icing touchdown.

Hannibal returns a lot on both sides of the football including future Purdue Boilermaker offensive lineman Dylan Powell and fut The Rams return Lawrence Taylor. He didn't see much action in week 1 but he amassed 218 yards passing and 66 yards rushing last season. Running back Keiondre Jordan returns. He had 61 carries for 282 yards and two touchdowns.

MICDS has an impressive football history. The Rams have seven state titles and a total of ten appearances in Show Me Bowls. Their most recent title came in 2004 as they knocked off Harrisonville to win the Class 3 title.

The schedule doesn't let up much next week as Hannibal heads down to Jefferson City for a matchup with the Helias Crusaders. Hannibal's only other non conference game is another tough assignment with a trip to Columbia Battle in mid October. They are the reigning Class 5 state champions.