The Centralia varsity football team had a tough draw in week one when it had to go to state champion Monroe City, and even though there aren't to many ways things could get harder after that, taking a trip to Clark County in week two still looked to be quite the contest.
It's a good thing the Panther's were ready for a fight because that's exactly what was waiting for them when they got to Kahoka, and when it was all said and done and the smoke had finally cleared not only had the offense gained 271 yards, but the defense had allowed 275. In fact, the game was so close that it went into halftime scoreless.
It was until after the break that Centralia's runnig attack, which accounted for 246 of the teams overall offense and was led by Gus Stidham with six carries for 25 yards and a touchdown, that the visitors were able to rise up and knock down Clark County 19-8. Standing centerstage in this production was quarterback John Durant with 21 carries for 167 yards and a score, as well as competing 3-of-7 passes for 25 yards and an interception and Luke Hunter ran the ball four times for six yards and a touchdown.
Accounting for the rest of the offense were Guy Moran with two catches for 22 yards and Nick Wheaton made a three yard reception. Special teams, on the other hand, were handled by Hunter, who went 1-for-3 on extra points and punted four times for 159 yards and Max Hunter retunred a punt for 11 yards.
As for the defense it was Alex Arends who ytopped the charts wityh seven tackles, including four for a loss and one sack, Wheaton added six defensive stops and two interceptions and Grafton Litrell had five tackles and one interception. Moran also was good for five defensive stops, Wesley Redington and Stidham posted four tackles each and AJ Tuggle and Trevor Bodine charted three defensive stops a piece against the Indians, 1-1 overall, 1-1 Clark County Conference.
Centralia, 1-1 overall, 1-1 CCC, hosts Palmyra, 2-0 overall, 1-0 CCC, on Friday.