The Palmyra football team was held scoreless for three quarters and couldn't hold onto a lead in the final period of a 12-7 loss to Macon on Friday night.

The going has gotten tough for the Palmyra football team.

Palmyra was held scoreless for the first three quarters Friday and couldn't keep a short-lived lead in the final period.

Macon secured a 12-7 victory in the Clarence Cannon Conference matchup, handing Palmyra its second straight loss after the Panthers began the season with six wins in a row.

Corder Lehenbauer ran 33 yards for Palmyra's lone score with 8:33 remaining. Jarom Alexander kicked the extra point to take a 7-6 lead.

Macon's Nash Waller found Chrisjen Riekeberg for a 46-yard touchdown pass with 2:47 left.

That was all the Tigers needed to escape with the triumph.

Neither team scored in the first half of the defensive battle.

Kevin Edwards put Macon on the board when he rushed for a 6-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Macon moved the chains for 22 first downs to Palmyra's 10. The Tigers totaled 369 yards of offense, while the host Panthers had 189.

Lehenbauer led Palmyra with 75 yards rushing on 17 carries. The quarterback also completed a pair of passes. Dakota Compton finished with 55 yards rushing, and Alexander had 32 yards on the ground.

Alexander, Tucker Aeschliman and Tristen Gottman each recorded 7 ½ tackles for Palmyra in the defeat.

The Panthers (6-2) are scheduled to host Monroe City next Friday.