The Hannibal Pirates and Palmyra Panthers opened their 2015 football seasons with decisive wins Friday night.

The Pirates trailed early, but came roaring back to knock off MICDS 34-9 at Porter Stadium. Jerry McBride and Shamar Griffith led the way with two touchdowns each. McBride had 18 carries for 190 yards, with Griffith carrying 21 times for 182 yards.

Hannibal entertains Jefferson City Helias next Friday night.

Meanwhile, the Palmyra Panthers opened their campaign with a 52-8 Clarence Cannon Conference win at Macon.

Six different Panthers scored touchdowns on the night, led by running back Travis Harvey, with 18 carries for 85 yards and two TD's.

Palmyra's defense also took care of business, holding the Tigers to minus-13 yards rushing and 66 total yards for the game.

The Panthers open their home season next Friday night as the Bowling Green Bobcats come to town.

Elsewhere around the area Friday night:

Centraila 48 Highland 19

Clark County 29 Monroe City 16

Mark Twain 50 Westran 28

Brookfield 40 South Shelby 7

Bowling Green 48 Louisiana 34

Van-Far 36 North Shelby 0

Winfield 68 Clopton/Elsberry 22

Paris 47 Schuyler County 0

Marceline 48 Knox County 6