by Mark Cheffey
Yes, it’s another Palmyra, Monroe City rematch for the district title Friday.
The two teams have faced off in many do-or-die games over the years, so Friday’s Class 2, District 6 championship game in Palmyra will be just another chapter in the long-time rivalry.
“It’s going to be exciting, It’s definitely going to be a dog fight,” said Panther senior lineman Josh Lickfeld. “It’s a tough team, and we’ve cracked heads for years.”
Monroe City (8-2) has not lost since Palmyra won 30-20 on the home field Sept. 25.
Monroe City regrouped after back to back losses to Centralia and Palmyra with a 26-12 win at home over Brookfield, followed by a 30-7 victory at Macon.
A pick-up, 52-32, victory over Hermann Oct. 16 was followed by a 46-6 win at home over Highland in the regular reason finale.
They come in to Friday’s game with the fifth-straight win, 28-26, at home over Bowling Green in the district semifinals.
Palmyra Coach Kevin Miles said his team will have to be at its best to win Friday.
“When you play them, you’ve just got to be fundamental,” Miles said. “You’ve to stay home and do your job.”
The winner Friday will advance to the Class 2 quarterfinals and play the winner of District 5 title game between Hallsville and North Callaway.