The Palmyra football team got all it needed in the final minute of a 7-6 home win over Brookfield on Friday night.

The Palmyra football team got all it needed in the final minute of a 7-6 home win over Brookfield on Friday night.

What a crazy minute it was.

Palmyra (1-0) broke a scoreless tie with 58 seconds remaining when senior Jarom Alexander ran 27 yards to the end zone.

“Jarom made some moves, we had good blocks up front and we scored,” Panthers coach Kevin Miles said. “It was a great play by our team to get it done.”

Brookfield wasn't finished, however.

The Bulldogs responded with a scoring drive, capped by a 13-yard touchdown pass with seven seconds left. 

The visitors were unable to convert the extra point. The kick appeared to be blocked by Jacob Kroeger.

Palmyra secured its first season-opening win since 2015.

“Week 1, you just want to win,” Miles said. “Our kids kept competing, and in the grand scheme of everything, we're just excited to have the win.” 

The Panthers limited Brookfield to 32 rushing yards on the night for an average of 1.1 yards per carry. 

Brady Barnett led the Palmyra defense with five tackles, while Nicholas Lickfield and Tucker Aeschliman each posted 4 ½ stops in the defensive battle.

Alexander led the offense with 95 yards rushing on 15 carries.

Palmyra forced three turnovers and only committed one.

“We moved the ball at times but kept shooting ourselves in the foot,” Miles said. “It's one of those things you really can't explain. We just need to get better.

“We will take an ugly win, and that's what it was.”

Palmyra is scheduled to play at Bowling Green next Friday.