Week 8 notebook on the Monroe City football team (8-0)

The Monroe City offense scored six times Friday night at Centralia. Five of the scoring plays came on plays greater than 20 yards. The longest came on Zach Osborn’s 75-yard sprint, while the shortest also came from Osborn for 24 yards.

For the game, the Panthers offense racked up 385 yards from scrimmage — 243 coming from the five big-yardage scores. 


Nehemiah Batsell has proven he can be a difference maker for the Monroe City offense this season. He has made highlight reel catches, and he can make things happen if given the ball in the open field — both as a receiver and rusher. But Friday night Batsell gave the Panthers another element — better-than-average punter.

The talented junior booted three punts against Centralia with a long of 46 yards.

Not that the Panthers high-powered offense has been forced to punt much this season, but a reliable punter could prove beneficial in close games.

“He did a very nice job,” Panthers coach David Kirby said. “We put him back there because he has a quick kick delivery. His punts did allow us to flip field position and that has a huge factor in limiting their offense.”


It’s no secret Cole Pennewell is a nightmare for opposing teams. The Panthers bruising fullback is option No. 1 in the offense no matter the situation. But teams also have to account for where Pennewell is on the defensive side of the ball.

Friday night the senior linebacker spent most of his time in the Centralia backfield. Pennewell registered eight tackles in the win, seven being solo. He also recorded five tackles for a loss, including one quarterback sack.


“The kid has some slick hips. I think he could be on Dancing With The Stars some day.” -- Monroe City coach David Kirby on running back Zach Osborn after the speedster broke off scoring runs of 24, 48 and 75 yards.