Hours before his Mark Twain Tigers took on Monroe City on Friday in Center, MTHS junior wide receiver Brady Hooley updated his status on Facebook.
“I've waited a year for this, time to get some pay back,” the update read.
Hooley got a bit of his own revenge against the Panthers, while Mark Twain went ahead and got the rest.
Hooley was one of four Tigers to score a touchdown in MTHS' 42-0 thrashing of Monroe City in a Class 1, District 1 Tournament semifinal game.
The victory served as a bit of redemption for Hooley and the Tigers, who were bounced from the district tournament a season ago when the Panthers scored a 56-18 blowout in the second round.
A year made quite a difference for both squads.
Mark Twain (11-0) got in the board in the first 3 ½ minutes of play when junior running back Terry Monroe scored from 1-yard out for a 7-0 lead with 8:21 to go in the first quarter.
Senior ball carrier Tyler Elledge picked up two of his game-high 167 yards on a touchdown run early in the second quarter before junior Caleb Hirner got in on the fun.
Hirner scored back-to-back touchdowns on runs of 10 and 3 yards, respectively to close out the Tigers' 20-point second quarter.
Hooley added to the lead when he grabbed a 2-yard pass from backup quarterback and juniorLoren Carlisle for a 35-0 cushion with 10:49 to go in the third quarter.
Monroe closed the scoring on a 22-yard run with 5:10 remaining in the quarter.
Monroe also added two sacks on defense to his solid night.
Mark Twain finished with 425 yards of offense against the Panthers (3-8).
The second-seeded Tigers will now travel back-to-back defending state champion Valle Catholic, the No. 1 seed in the district tournament which routed St. Vincent 63-7 on Friday. MTHS and Valle will do battle on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in Sainte Genevieve.
Palmyra blows past North Callaway: Palmyra senior running back Travis Harvey returned to the Panthers on Friday, but for one more night, PHS didn't need him.
Still recovering from the effects of a sprained ankle, Harvey rushed for just 29 yards on four carries.
The team-leading rusher was picked up by his teammates, however, as senior Philip Bland tallied 152 yards on eight carries with a touchdown, and sophomore Peyton Plunkett added 122 and three scores in a 53-12, Class 2, District 6 Tournament semifinal victory over North Callaway.
Palmyra (9-2) totaled 398 yards of offense, including 360 on the ground, in a game that was competitive for just over a quarter and a half.
The visiting Thunderbirds opened the scoring on a 14-yard run with 10 minutes to going in the first quarter, but Bland picked off a North Callaway pass later in the quarter and returned it for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
North Callaway (5-6) never lead again.
Senior Hunter Crane made it a 14-6 Panther lead when he returned a Thunderbird punt 55 yards for a touchdown with 1:37 left in the quarter.
Plunkett scored his first touchdown 59 seconds into the second when he reached the goal line from 9 yards out.
Palmyra's ensuing kickoff was returned 78 yards as North Callaway pulled within 21-12, but that was as close as it would get.
A North Callaway safety made it 23-12 before Plunkett scored again, this time on a 13-yard run with 5:30 to go in the first half.
At the 7:23 mark of the third quarter, Plunkett made it 37-12 on a 4-yard run.
Bland scored an offensive touchdown on a 60 run late in the game before sophomore Noah Mencer kicked a 31-yard field goal to make it 47-12.
Brock Malone finished out the Palmyra onslaught with a 31-yard rushing touchdown with 9:20 to go.
The Panthers will now host Clark County for the district championship at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6. Palmyra defeated the Indians 30-8 on Sept. 18. Clark County defeated Highland 63-40 on Friday to advance.