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by Mark Cheffey
The PHS football team did something no other team has done better against Monroe City Friday, but still didn’t come home with a victory Friday.
Palmyra (2-3, 2-1 CCC) not only managed to hold Monroe City (5-0, 3-0 CCC) to less than 40 points for the first time this season, but shut them out in the second half.
Unfortunately Palmyra’s offense managed just two touchdowns in an 18-13 Mayor’s Cup defeat.
The loss ended Palmyra’s winning streak to two, but still may have provided confidence at the halfway point of the regular season.
Monroe City appeared to be on their way to another major scoring spree by scoring on the team’s first two possessions.
Junior running back, Ceaton Pennewell, capped a nine-play 65-yard drive after the opening kickoff with a one-yard plunge, giving Monroe City an initial 6-0 lead.
Palmyra had Monroe City facing fourth and one at the Palmyra 34, when senior quarterback, Kyle Hays, fired a pass to sophomore, Waylon DeGrave, who caught it while back peddling with Palmyra’s Carter Crane in his face before the junior defensive back pushed him out at the Palmyra one yard line.
Palmyra responded with a drive of their own, but it ended on downs at the Monroe City 14.
Monroe City then mounted a 10-play drive capped by a two-yard touchdown pass from Hays to Joshua Tolton for a 12-0 lead.
Palmyra found success on its next drive going 40 yards on 12 plays before scoring on a two-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Collin Arch, who raced around the right end into the end zone.
Landyn Smith’s extra point kick trimmed Monroe City’s lead to 12-7 with 7:50 left in the half.
But, Palmyra could not stop Monroe City at this point and the host team went on a 40-yard drive capped by a 17-yard touchdown pass from Hays to junior running back Landon Utterback to boost the team’s lead to 18-7.
Palmyra had four minutes left to score again, but could only reach the Monroe City 40 before being stopped on downs.
A second opportunity came when Palmyra’s Noah Getz recovered a Monroe City fumble with 2:47 left. But Palmyra fumbled it right back four plays later.
Monroe City still had a chance to bust the game open with 1:20 left, but ran out of time at the Palmyra 23.
Neither team managed to get close to scoring throughout the third quarter, but Palmyra found a way during the initial drive of the fourth quarter.
Palmyra took possession at its own 15 following a Monroe City punt, and then marched 85 yards on 12 plays before scoring on Arch’s second two-yard TD run of the game.
Smith’s extra point kick did not go through, leaving the score at 18-13.
Palmyra’s defense then stopped Monroe City on downs at Palmyra’s 44 with 5:07 left in regulation.
Palmyra kept the ball on the ground and reached the Monroe City 25, but a tackle for a loss and a five-yard penalty moved the ball back to the Monroe 33 with 2:14 left.
Two subsequent incomplete passes then ended the drive on downs with 1:56 left, and Monroe City was able to run out the clock to preserve the victory.
Palmyra held Monroe City to 100 rushing yards for the game, but Hays led an effective air attack, completing nine of 15 passes for 192 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Pennewell was Monroe City’s leading rusher with 76 yards on 22 carries.
Meanwhile, Palmyra was successful on the ground, rushing for 243 yards on 39 carries.
Arch led the way with 139 yards on 20 carries, while Nolyn Richards gained 78 yards on 13 attempts.
Arch completed four passes for nine yards.
Palmyra’s defense was led by Alex Wilson with five tackles and Noah Welty with 4.5, including one for a loss.
Brayden Madden notched 3.5 tackles including 2.5 for losses.
The Panthers host Clark County (1-4, 0-3 CCC) for homecoming this Friday.
The Indians are coming off of a 20-0 loss at home to Centralia.
The team’s only victory came in Week 1, 32-20, against Wright City.
Palmyra at Monroe City
Friday, Sept. 24, 2021
1 2 3 4 F
Palmyra 0 7 0 6 13
Monroe City 12 6 0 0 18
MC: Pennewell 1-yd. TD run at 7:48, 2-pt. attempt failed, 0-6.
MC: Jo. Talton 2-yd. TD pass from Hays at 0:45, kick no good, 0-12
Pal: Arch 5-yd. TD run at 7:50, Smith kick, 7-12.
MC: White, 17-yd. TD pass from Hays at 5:23, kick no good, 7-18.
Pal: Arch 2-yd. TD run at 7:22, kick no good, 13-18.
CCC Standings Week 5
CCC All PF PA
Monroe City 3-0 5-0 197 56
Centralia 2-1 2-3 88 148
Highland 2-1 4-1 201 54
Palmyra 2-1 2-3 83 118
Brookfield 1-2 2-3 68 113
Macon 1-2 2-3 137 164
S. Shelby 1-2 2-3 103 152
Clark Co. 0-3 1-4 58 146
Week 5 in the CCC
Monroe City 18, Palmyra 13
Brookfield 32, Macon 28
Centralia 20, Clark County 0
Highland 24, South Shelby 8
Week 6 in the CCC
Clark County at Palmyra
South Shelby at Macon
Monroe City at Brookfield
Highland at Centralia
Class 2 District 7 Standings Week 5
Team Record Points
Maryville 2-3 42.90
Trenton 3-2 32.70
Palmyra 2-3 30.89
Macon 2-3 29.30
Brookfield 2-3 22.95
Clark County 1-4 22.74
Week 5 in Class 2, Dist. 7
Maryville 52, Cameron 0
Trenton 18, Milan 14
Week 6 in Class 2, Dist. 7
Maryville at St. Joseph Benton
Polo at Trenton
2021 PHS Varsity
8/27 Hallsville L 7-28, 1-1
9/3 Bowl. Gr. L 0-45, 0-2
9/10 at Macon W 40-21, 1-2
9/17 Brook. W 23-6, 2-2
9/24 at Monroe L 13-18, 2-3
10/1 Clark Co. 7 p.m.
10/8 at High. 7 p.m.
10/15 S. Shelby 7 p.m.
10/22 at Centralia 7 p.m.
10/29 District TBA 7 p.m.