One touchdown was all the Monroe City football team needed Friday to claim an 8-0 win at Brookfield in Clarence Cannon Conference action.

One touchdown was enough for the Monroe City football team during an 8-0 win at Brookfield on Friday night.

The reigning Class 1 champions won their 17th straight game on the strength of Keenan Batsell's 1-yard dive into the end zone to cap a 48-yard drive in the second quarter.

Gage Bottoms ran in the 2-point conversion.

Otherwise, the Week 2 matchup was a defensive slugfest between the Clarence Cannon Conference rivals.

Brookfield out-gained Monroe City 170-155 in total yardage as each team recorded just eight first downs.

The Bulldogs started many of their possessions in Monroe City territory in the second half but were unable to convert crucial third and fourth downs (3-for-17).

Monroe City came up with a pair of interceptions in the shutout.

Batsell rushed 22 times for 75 yards, while Zach Osborn contributed 25 yards on eight carries. Blake Hays completed one pass for 32 yards for the Panthers.

Monroe City coach David Kirby was pleased that his team grinded out a tough, early-season conference win. 

“We showed a lot of heart and a lot of grit,” Kirby said. “Brookfield is big and physical, and they’re going to win some games. They’re a good team, and that’s a big credit to them.

"Our kids are resilient, and they’re quick to let that last play get out of their heads. There was some physical stuff on both sides, but that prepares you for later in the season.”

Monroe City (2-0) is scheduled to play at Highland next Friday.