Defenses dominated and offenses struggled, but the Panthers managed to come out on top for a 7-6 win at Brookfield Friday in the season opener.

The Bulldogs finally broke through for a third-quarter touchdown, but the Panthers came right back with a 71-yard drive capped by a six-yard touchdown run up the gut by Dakota Compton.

And, while Brookfield missed on its extra-point attempt, Palmyra’s Zane Meyers made the first of his career, although it just made it over the cross bar while just missing the left up-right.

But, hey, that’s all the Panthers needed.

“A win is a win, and at the end of the day, we’re 1-0 at this point,” said Compton, summing it all up.

Palmyra’s offense struggled from the get-go and ended up gaining just 17 yards in the first half with senior quarterback, Corder Lehenbauer, throwing three interceptions and the other two possessions ending with punts.

See more in this week's Palmyra Spectator.