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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Palmyra closing in on perfect regular season

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  • It was the same old thing in the Clarence Cannon Conference (CCC) last week, another week and another victory for the Palmyra football team. The Panthers have yet to lose this season and are now two victories away from running the table.
    Palmyra (7-0 CCC) entered the game as the No. 9 ranked team in Missouri Class 2 football and remained there with the release of the most recent rankings. The Panthers’ latest victim, Brookfield (5-2, 4-3 CCC), came in just outside the top 10. The game was never close as Palmyra won 35-7. This week Palmyra will look to continue its win streak as the Panthers host Mark Twain.
    Mark Twain (0-7) was shut out by Macon last week as the Tigers lost 49-0. Last year Palmyra beat the Tigers 36-6.
    Macon, after losing to Palmyra in week one, has won six straight and will look to make that seven in a row this week. Macon (6-1) will be hosting Brookfield in its regular season home finale.
    Like Macon, Centralia also entered week seven with one loss. The Panthers also improved to 6-1 on the season with the 49-6 win over Clark County. It was the fifth straight week Centralia has limited its opponent to single digit scoring (or less). The only team to score in double figures against Centralia was Palmyra in a week two 24-21 win.
    Centralia is currently ranked the No. 10 in Missouri Class 3.
    After starting the season 3-0, Clark County has gone 1-3 over that last four weeks to slip to 4-3 on the season. The 2012 defending CCC champion will not be repeating as conference champ this year. At this point, it’s all about trying to finish with a winning record. The Indians have a chance to secure that this week as Clark County hosts South Shelby.
    The Cardinals are 3-4 entering play and a win over Clark County would get South Shelby back at .500. The Cardinals lost three in a row after opening the season with a win, but have won two of its last three games. Last week South Shelby scored a season-high 46 points as the Cardinals beat Highland 46-6.
    Highland’s loss to South Shelby last week knocked the Cougars back into the loss column after finally getting the season’s first win in week six. This week Highland (1-6) hosts Monroe City in a game between two schools with a combined 11 losses.
    Monroe City (2-5) got its second win last week behind a career night from Tariq Garner. The junior rushed for 389 yards and four TDs as Monroe City beat Louisiana 55-34.
    While Louisiana (1-6, 2-5 CCC) lost in week seven, the Bulldogs never quit. Brycen Cropp ran back a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns. The first was a 98 yarder to begin the game and the second was a 92 yarder in the second half. In the end, Cropp’s skills were not enough to keep the Bulldogs from another loss. This week Louisiana will begin a two game home stand to close out the regular season. The Bulldogs’ guest this week will be Centralia.
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