The phrase goes “Once a Bobcat, always a Bobcat.” However, three local men are switching it up to include “and sometimes a Falcon.”
These Pike County residents have furthered their football careers from the ones they found at Bowling Green High School to become a part of the ever-growing semi-professional eight-man football league.
Terry Ince, a Frankford man, says semi-pro/minor league football has been a part of his life for many years.
“I started playing semi-pro/minor league ball with the NEMO Cyclones in 2005,” he explained. “…After that, the Cyclones moved to the north St. Louis area and I stayed with them until last season.”
Ince has also played for the Quincy Spartans and Sangamon County Seminoles, other eight-man teams from around the area. He said he became involved with the Falcons during their inaugural season last year, along with many of his teammates at the time.
“In the past, from approximately 2009-2012, many of us current Falcons were part of the Quincy Spartans football team,” Ince said. “In the winter between the 2012 and 2013 seasons, the Hannibal Falcons formed, consisting of many Missouri ball players. Most of them have played high school ball in the northeast Missouri area.”
The Falcons also have players from area schools including Hannibal, Monroe City, Mark Twain, Van-Far, Milan, Clark County, South Shelby, and Palmyra.
In addition to Ince, the Falcons have found star players in two brothers, Brett and Devan Cobb, who joined the team earlier this year.