The Panthers came away with a 20-6 victory over the Indians in Week 5, but the stakes will be a lot higher Friday as the Class 2 District 6 championship is on the line.

Two of the hottest teams in the area square off Friday night when Clark County travels to Palmyra.

The Panthers came away with a 20-6 victory over the Indians in Week 5, but the stakes will be a lot higher Friday as the Class 2 District 6 championship is on the line.

The loss to Palmyra on Sept. 15 was the last time the Indians tasted defeat.

“Clark County is definitely playing better now than before,” Palmyra senior two-way star Peyton Plunkett said. “They are coming in on a high from their winning streak and it’s going to be ugly if we don’t come out ready to play.”

Clark County (7-4) knocked off district top seed Macon 28-18 last week to reach the title game. Palmyra coach Kevin Miles admitted it would have been nice to get another crack at Macon. The Panthers opened the season with a loss to the Tigers and also had their 2016 campaign end to Macon in the district semifinals.

“Sure we would have liked to get that chance, but it is what it is,” the Panthers coach said. “I know Clark is excited to be here and they are an up-and-coming program. So we will just have to take what we got and hopefully come away with a win.”

Palmyra (9-2) has won nine of its last 10 games after the Week 1 loss to Macon. Miles mentioned he likes the way his team is playing heading into the district title game.

“I think we are pretty close to where we want to be this time of year,” he said. “We still have some things we need to work on but that is a good thing.”

He also knows Clark County is a different team than what the Panthers faced in Week 5.

“They are a darn good football team,”  Miles said. “We got some breaks that went our way in that game and our kids will have to play as good of a game as they have played all year if we want to keep this thing moving.”

Plunkett mentioned the defense will need to be on top of its game.

“We definitely cannot take their running game for granted,” said the Clarence Cannon Conference defensive player of the year. “The (Caleb) Lapsley kid is a good running back that we will have to keep an eye on and we will have to keep their quarterback (Landon Brunk) from scrambling.”

The Panthers defense and special teams came up big in the Week 5 win. Dalton Perkins blocked a punt, scooped it up and returned it for a touchdown, while the defense came away with an interception and a fourth quarter fumble recovery. Noah Mencer booted field goals of 42 and 45 yards to help in the win.

Miles is hoping for more of the same with the big plays and a little more consistency on offense.

“If we can make some more big plays on defense and play mistake-free football on offense, I like our chances,” the veteran coach said.

Having the game in front of their home fans will also be an advantage, according to Miles.

“Anytime you don’t have to travel is a big deal,” he said. “Especially not having to go to Clark. They have a great facility with a lot of tradition there. So having this game at our place where there is also some good tradition will be huge for us.”

Palmyra is 6-0 at home this season where it has outscored its opponents, 245-22.

Plunkett mentioned Friday night is the game the Panthers have been looking forward to all season.

“Winning a district championship is all we have talked about,” he said. “If we can Friday night it will be a big statement from last year and then we can take it one game at a time and just see how far we can go.”

Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.