When put to the test the Van-Far varsity football team proved they could rise to the occasion in week one when it stepped up its game and pulled out a close contest at home against new Eastern Missouri Conference cohort Louisiana.

Not every challenge is within the boundaries of what some clubs are capable of, though. The idea of a bridge to far or a mountain to steep is a reality no amount of cliche's will ever overcome. Playoff seedings are a perfect example of that. Just because every squad is a part of the tournament doesn't mean the regular season has no meaning because that couldn't be further from the truth. The best programs, in fact, do get the best matchups come time for the postseason and Palmyra was 7-3 overall.

That was the paradox that placed Van-Far at Palmyra last Friday for a Class 2, District 6, confrontation that simply wasn't meant to be for the Indians, who gave it their all but still found themselves on the outside looking in on the wrong side of a 41-6 decision. The Panthers next play Friday at 7 p.m. at Clark County, which beat Highland 42-0 to start the Missouri State High School Activities Association season ending championship tournament last Friday.