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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Palmyra’s objective: Play 3 seconds more

  • After losing last week’s season-opening football game to Macon on a last-second field goal, the Palmyra Panthers have turned that bitter defeat into a motivational tool.
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  • After losing last week’s season-opening football game to Macon on a last-second field goal, the Palmyra Panthers have turned that bitter defeat into a motivational tool.
    “Now we’re trying to do things three seconds longer and do things a little bit better,” said Palmyra Coach Kevin Miles. “I’m really pleased with the kids’ mentality right now.”
    Miles was pleased with the grit his team displayed after going in at halftime down by a pair of touchdowns.
    “We battled, and that’s something Palmyra hasn’t done for a while,” he said. “At the half we talked about the things we’ve got to do better and the kids rallied. They came out and played exceptionally well the second half and shut them down the whole second half until the last three seconds of the game. I think it was a good moral victory for us, but unfortunately that doesn’t count sometimes.”
    On Friday night, the Panthers hit the road to take on state-ranked Centralia, in what is one of the toughest three-game stretches any team in the Clarence Cannon Conference is facing at the start of the season. Next week Palmyra hosts South Shelby, which also is state ranked.
    “You can’t imagine (three games) much tougher than that,” said Miles.
    Centralia’s state ranking is no fluke, according to Miles.
    “Centralia is a perennial powerhouse year in and year out. They do a great job,” he said. “They’re going to be a team to reckon with.”
    After last week’s strong showing against Macon, Miles is not about to write his team off against Centralia, which blew past Highland 33-6 on the road last week.
    “We’ve just got to think about doing things right, getting better and realizing that no matter how things happen we’ve just got to keep plugging away,” he said. “If we play well and get some breaks, you’ll never know what will happen.”
    Palmyra’s keys to victory are more about what Palmyra does, than Centralia.
    “We’ve got to fix ourselves and do things right. We’ve just got to keep our heads up and just work on doing things better than we did last week,” said Miles. “We want to come out and be focused, be intense, play good, smart football and let the cards fall where they do.”
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