After falling at home to Mexico last week by a point on one of the final plays of the game while trying for a two-point conversion, it seemed likely that the Centralia varsity football team was looking to take its anger out at Palmyra last Friday.
What actually happened was something quite unexpected and began with the Panthers heading into halftime down 7-0 before getting outscored 28-0 in the third quarter and 7-0 in the fourth to end up losing 35-0. One obvious disparity that arose during this contest was that Palmyra only passed for nine yards. Considering it also ran for 348 yards while holding Centralia to 93 rushing yards and 55 passing yards, it's easy to see how quarterback Clayton Simkins completed just 8-of-20 pass attempts.
The player who probably had the best game for the Panthers was Gus Stidham, who ran for 61 yards on 14 carries, made two receptions for 12 yards, punted three times for 113 yards and made five tackles and Kaiden Davenport had four rushes for 31 yards, three catches for 16 yards and nine tackles. Trey Owens also ran the ball 13 times for two yards, Chris Hicks posted a team-high 11 defensive stops, including two for a loss, and Bradley Kaiser and Trevor Bodine made four tackles each.
Bodine recovered a fumble, as well.
Palmyra is now 6-1 overall, 5-1 Clarence Cannon Conference.
Centralia, 5-2 overall, 5-1 CCC, hosts Monroe City for Homecoming on Friday.