Palmyra capitalizes on turnovers

Brady Barnett runs the ball for Palmyra during a 28-8 Clarence Cannon Conference victory at Centralia on Friday night.
Posted: Sep. 8, 2018 12:21 am

Turnovers can make or break the outcome of a game.

The Palmyra football team took advantage of that fact Friday night with six takeaways during a 28-8 win at Centralia. 

Brady Barnett led Palmyra with seven tackles, Jarom Alexander and Kaden Malone made interceptions and the Panthers recovered four fumbles in the Clarence Cannon Conference matchup.

"Defensively we played extremely well again," Palmyra coach Kevin Miles said of his 3-0 club. "Centralia moved the ball a little bit, but we were able to smack 'em and get some turnovers."

Palmyra allowed just 138 yards of total offense for an average of less than three yards per play.

Centralia failed to score the first three quarters.

Alexander picked off John Durant in the opening period and returned the ball to the end zone to give Palmyra a 6-0 lead.

Jacob Kroeger accounted for two touchdowns in the second quarter for the visitors.

The quarterback ran for a 1-yard score, which made it 14-0 with a conversion run by Alexander.

Kroeger then connected with Abe Haerr for a 29-yard touchdown completion to grow the lead to 21 points. 

Kroeger led Palmyra with 102 rushing yards on 21 attempts and completed 3 of 6 passes for 32 yards through the air. The signal caller stepped up as Centralia keyed in on Alexander out of the backfield. 

"Centralia was super keyed on Jarom," Miles noted. "You could tell their goal was to make sure to shut him down. But Jacob had some good runs, especially late in the game to keep us going."

Brady Barnett bruised his way to 32 yards on 12 carries, while Dakota Compton ran eight times for 30 yards and Tucker Aeschliman had four rushes for 22 yards. 

Alexander finished with seven carries for 20 yards. He broke through for a 9-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. 

Grafton Littrell paced Centralia with 100 yards rushing on 21 attempts. 

Palmyra gained 251 yards of offense but struggled on third down, when it converted 1 of 15. However, the Panthers converted 7 of 11 tries on fourth down. 

"We stalled a few times inside the red zone, but we settled in and played pretty well," Miles said. "I'm glad we were able to get in the end zone and score, and we'll work on cleaning it up the next week or two and keep getting better."

Mason Scholl, Parker LaFoe and Aeschliman each posted a tackle for loss.

Palmyra is scheduled to host South Shelby next Friday. 

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