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Centralia Panthers enter football post-season

Posted on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 10:19 pm

52-6 over MMA

The Centralia Panthers are now 10-0 and heading into round two of the Class II, District V playoffs. That would be cause for celebration in most locker-rooms.

But standing around Jim Newsted, their head coach, the message  heard by the Centralia Panthers football team was less celebratory and more cautionary.

Garrison Ford intercepts an MMA pass.

Garrison Ford intercepts an MMA pass.

“No more easy games,” Newsted told his players after they had finished their post-game prayer with the visiting 1-9 MMA Colonels.

Trevor Bodine blocks an MMA kick

“They’re a dang good team,” Newsted said of next week’s district playoff opponent, Christian High School, now 6-4 after beating North Callaway, who the Panthers will host, Friday, November 8 at Centralia’s Miller Field for the second rung of the district playoffs. “We’ve been watching film on them the last couple days and they are dang good. You need to come out ready to play from here on out. There is not one bad team any more. Any team from here on out is crunch time…”

Jake Freidel catches a pass for a first down.

Centralia made it “crunch time” for the Colonels as they dominated the game 35-0 in the first quarter, 49-0 in the second, and 52-0 in the third.

People were impressed by the Panthers balanced and varied scoring attack.

“It was great to see scores from kids that have worked hard for their careers,” said one observer. “Michael Donaldson, Max Michaels, Drew Kribbs, Rafe Mechlin and Garrison Ford. Kids who spend their entire careers in the sideline you want to see succeed in games like tonight. Thankfully it appeared we came out of the game unscathed by injury so I look forward to a much better test next week.”

Besides those worthies, Panther quarterback John Durant scored on a 24-yard, first-quarter, rush and Trevor Bodine caught a seven yard Durant pass in the end zone for his first touchdown of the season.

Luke Hunter also kicked a 24-yard field goal.

Centralia’s offense  took 410 yards from the Colonels, 58 in the air and 352 on the ground.

Their defense held MMA to 154 passing yards and a negative 28 rushing yards, holding MMA to 126 yards for the night.

Mechlin, Beau Gordon and Donaldson led the team in total tackles with five each. Max Hunter, Luke Hunter and Alex Arends had four each, with Michaels, Gordon and Donaldson each sacking MMA’s quarterback.

This MMA receiver did not get to enjoy his catch, as he was catching the ball, Panther Max Hunter was catching him.

This story is still developing, return later for  more and see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard for the full article.

Max Michaels dives for a first-quarter touchdown.