Aside from losing a fumble near the goal line, everything else for the Palmyra football team went as scripted Friday night at Highland.
The visiting Panthers raced out to a 34-0 halftime lead en route to a 34-14 thumping of their conference foe.
The Cougars scored both of their touchdowns in the final six minutes of the contest.
Palmyra head coach Kevin Miles pulled his starters from the game after the first possession of the second half.
“The goal was to start fast, get everyone some quality reps and leave injury free,” Panthers coach Kevin Miles said. “It’s always nice to be able to get your starters some rest and get your younger kids some good experience for the future. And it allows us to keep our kids fresh for a long season.”
Peyton Plunkett scored a trio of touchdowns, including a 51-yard burst, to pace the Panthers offense. The punishing fullback finished the game with 151 yards rushing on just 17 totes.
“Peyton was just Peyton,” Miles said. “He is the guy who holds it all together for us on both sides of the ball. We is a high-energy kid, who has high expectations from his teammates and himself. He had another great game for us.”
Palmyra signal caller Jacob Kroeger ran for 62 yards and completed five passes for another 64 yards. The junior quarterback had a touchdown rushing and passing.
His touchdown through the air went to Jarom Alexander on a 30-yard play. Alexander also picked up 43 yards on the ground, with a long of 29 yards.
“Jarom missed Week 1 and is still learning,” Miles said. “But he had some nice catches and ran it good for us. He is probably the fastest guy on our team so we like to try and get him in open spaces and see what he can make happen.”
The Panthers also had a big night on the defensive side of the ball. Palmyra limited the Cougars to just 26 yards from scrimmage, including minus-2 on the ground.
Braxden Neil recorded three interceptions, while Mason Scholl recorded five tackles in the Cougars backfield.
“Braxden put himself in the right position all night,” Miles said of his defensive back. “And Mason had a really great game for us as well.”
Scholl and Dalton Perkins had a pair of quarterback sacks a piece.
The Panthers (2-1) play host to South Shelby on Friday night during homecoming festivities.