BROOKFIELD, Mo. — It wasn’t the prettiest of victories for the Palmyra football team.
But starting the season with a victory is a lot better than a loss.
Palmyra running back Dakota Compton scored on a 6-yard touchdown run midway through the quarter for the Panthers’ only score, but it was good enough for a 7-6 Clarence Cannon Conference victory Friday night.
Palmyra (1-0) answered after Brookfield had scored early in the quarter on a 7-yard touchdown run. Both teams went into halftime scoreless.
The Panthers won the game despite being outgained in yardage 240-139. Compton, however, was responsible for 103 rushing yards on 27 carries for Palmyra. Three other players — quarterback Corder Lehenbauer and backs Dylan Redd and Cooper Hinkle — managed just 7 yards on seven carries.
Lehenbauer completed 4 of 12 passes for 29 yards while throwing three interceptions.
Palmyra’s defense held Brookfield to 219 rushing yards, but was limited to just 4.6 yards per attempt. Both teams turned the ball over three times as the Bulldogs (0-1) lost two fumbles and also threw an interception.
Hinkle made three catches for 20 yards, while Kaden Malone had the other reception that went for nine yards.