Panthers take care of South Shelby for 27-8 win
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by Mark Cheffey
Palmyra’s Gabe Goodwin went from emergency quarterback substitution last week to offensive force Friday in leading the Panthers to a 27-8 win at home over South Shelby.
Goodwin, who started his senior season as a tight end and hasn’t taken a snap from center in two years, threw a touchdown pass and ran for two others helping the Panthers (4-4, 4-2 CCC) rise in the district and conference standings.
He was even the team’s leading rusher with 134 yards on 31 carries in his first quarterback start, after filling in all the second half against Highland after starter Collin Arch was injured.
Palmyra opened the game with yet another successful on-side kickoff, their fourth this season and took over on offense at the Cardinal 40.
The Panthers then drove down field five successive running plays, four of them by senior running back, Nolyn Richards to the South Shelby 15.
From there, Goodwin dropped back and fired a bullet to senior wide receiver Landyn Smith who was wide open in the back left corner of the end zone for the game’s first score.
The Cardinals managed to take the lead later in the quarter when junior quarterback, Trevon Countryman, and sophomore running back, Kendal Hammond,
connected for a 55-yard pass and run for a touchdown.
Countryman then completed a two-point pass to Wyatt Owen to put South Shelby up 8-7 with 3:30 left in the first quarter.
But that would pretty much be it for the Cardinals who would reach Palmyra territory just two more times in the game reaching the Panther six late in the fourth quarter before being stopped on downs.
Palmyra would forge ahead with two touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 21-8 lead into half time.
Goodwin scored from 24-yards out for the first one and then finish a drive with 21 seconds left in the quarter with a six-yard touchdown run.
Defenses reigned in the second half, with the Panthers scoring the only touchdown on a 21-yard run by Smith.
Palmyra would hold the Cardinals to 219 yards of total offense with only 26 coming on the ground.
Countryman completed 12 of 22 passes for 193 yards and one touchdown while getting picked off once by Palmyra’s Smith.
Ryan McKeown lead the Panthers with seven tackles, all solos, with one for a loss. Luke Triplett and Brayden Madden shared the team’s lone sack.
The victory put Palmyra in a better district standings position leap-frogging into second place in the six team-district behind Maryville, which has a strangle hold on the top position after destroying Savannah (4-4) 42-0 Friday.
The Panthers still have Macon right behind them in third, and so will need a win over Centralia on the road this Friday to keep that second spot.
Macon (4-4) will play at Clark County (1-7) this Friday in the final week of regular season play.
Centralia enters this Friday’s contest after losing to Macon, 28-22.
The team’s four wins came against Brookfield, Highland, South Shelby and Clark County, while their other three loses came against Mexico, Hallsville and Monroe City.
After a tough initial winless season as head coach at South Shelby, former Panther assistant coach, Adam Gunterman, has led the Cardinals to a more competitive 2-6 record as they head into the regular season finale against Brookfield this Friday.
S. Shelby at Palmyra
Friday, Oct. 15, 2021
1 2 3 4 F
S. Shelby 8 0 0 0 8
Palmyra 7 14 0 6 27
Pal: Smith 15-yd. TD pass from Goodwin at 9:25, Smith kick, 7-0
S.S: Hammond 55-yd. TD pass from Countryman at 3:30, Owens 2-pt. pass from Countryman, 7-8
Pal: Goodwin 24-yd. TD run at 11:05, Smith kick, 14-8
Pal: Goodwin 6-yd. TD run at 0:21, Smith kick, 21-8.
Pal: Smith 21-yd. TD run at 4:06, kick no good, 27-8
CCC Standings Week 8
CCC All PF PA
Monroe City 5-1 7-1 319 124
Centralia 4-2 4-4 188 214
Highland 4-2 6-2 255 132
Palmyra 4-2 4-4 173 150
Brookfield 3-3 4-4 140 151
Macon 3-3 4-4 245 270
S. Shelby 1-5 2-6 169 259
Clark Co. 0-6 1-7 82 285
Week 8 in the CCC
Palmyra 27, South Shelby 8
Macon 28, Centralia 22
Highland 24, Brookfield 18
Monroe City 58, Clark County 16
Week 9 in the CCC
Palmyra at Centralia
Monroe City at Highland
Brookfield at South Shelby
Macon at Clark County
Class 2 District 7 Standings Week 8
Team Record Points
Maryville 4-4 46.69
Palmyra 4-4 33.49
Macon 4-4 31.70
Trenton 4-4 30.17
Brookfield 4-3 30.17
Clark County 1-7 18.78
Week 8 in Class 2, Dist. 7
Gallatin 37, Trenton 6
Maryville 42, Savannah 0
Week 9in Class 2, Dist. 7
St. Joe Lafayette at Maryville
Trenton at South Harrison
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. W 41-0, 3-3
10/8 at High. L 20-24, 3-4
10/15 S. Shelby W 27-8, 4-4
10/22 at Centralia 7 p.m.
10/29 District TBA 7 p.m.