The Palmyra football team rushed for a season-high 467 yards in a 79-8 whitewashing of visiting Clopton in the Class 2 District 6 opener.

The Palmyra football team rushed for a season-high 467 yards in a 79-8 whitewashing of visiting Clopton in the Class 2 District 6 opener.

The Panthers scored 26 points both the first and second quarters for a 56-0 cushion at halftime.

Peyton Plunkett (3), Jarom Alexander (2) and Tucker Aeschilman (2) combined for seven touchdowns in the first half.

Plunkett, who finished with a game-high 127 yards rushing, scored on runs of 35, 63 and 20.

Alexander scored from 65 and 51 yards in part of his 121 yards on the ground, while Aeschilman scored from 13 and 17 as he finished with 42 yards on the ground.

Brady Barnett scored the only other first half touchdown when he returned a first-quarter interception back for a score.

Backup quarterback Corder Lehenbauer found Tristen Gottman for a 7-yard score in the third quarter before Dalton Perkins returned a kickoff 76 yards for another Panthers score.

Peyton Timbrook capped the scoring for Palmyra with a 8-yard rush in the fourth. Timbrook also led the team with 11 total tackles.

The 79 points is believed to be a school record, according to Panthers coach Kevin Miles.

The No. 8 state ranked Panthers (8-2) will face Centralia next Friday in the Class 2 district semifinals. Centralia was a 45-6 winner over Van-Far Friday night.