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2023 Panther football season ends at Moberly

Posted on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 4:44 am

Moberly wins 41-28

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Logan Rosenfelder catches a touchdown pass

Cullen Bennett throws a 2-point conversion pass to Logan Rosenfelder.The Centralia Panther football season ended in Moberly’
That is where Centralia lost the district semifinal game, 41-28 to the Moberly Spartans.
The first half of the game was close, with the Panthers leading for a bit.
Moberly’s Ka’Von Tiger scored the first touchdown at 4:10 in the first with a 22-yard run. Moberly missed the extra point kick but were still up by six until 7:08 in the second when Centralia quarterback Cullen Bennett landed a 15-yard touchdown pass into Mattie Robinson’s arms. The Panthers’ conversion attempt was no good, but the game was still tied at six.
Then with 5:39 left in the half, Bennett faked a quarterback sneak, but handed the ball off to  Jesse Caballero, who  drilled through the right side of the line then followed the east sideline 75 yards, all the way across the goal line to put Centralia ahead 12-6 after a failed two-point conversion play.
For almost five minutes, Centralia was winning the game.
Them with less than two minutes left in the half, Tiger scored again for Moberly of a 23-yard pass from Moberly quarterback Jackson Engle. A successful extra point kick put Moberly up 13-12 at halftime.
Centralia did not score in the third quarter while, on the strength of their running game, Moberly scored 14 more points.
By the third quarter’s end, Moberly led 27-12.
Centralia came back hard in the fourth with two touchdowns.
The first was at 7:34, when after Beau Hatton took a short Bennet reverse pass 53 yards to the one yard-line, Bennett faded deep for a touchdown pass to Cayden Dunn.
Dunn, thoroughly covered the whole came, was fenced off and Bennett ran sideways to the east, and when nobody could break coverage, uncocked his throwing arm, tucked the ball to  his side, lowered his head and trampled two  Spartan tacklers as he completed a one-yard touchdown run.
Moberly responded with another Tiger touchdown run, but Centralia was not done.
With a minute and change left, Bennett passed again, this time to Logan Rosenfelder, who jumping over the shoulders of a Moberly defender , snagged the 25-yard goal line pass to make it 41-26. A moment later the Panthers scored the last game points when Bennett connected with Robinson for a two-point conversion.
Centralia’s offense finished the game with 320 yards, 212 rushing and 108 passing.
Centralia’s defense held Moberly to 483 yards, 48 passing and  435 rushing.
Caballero led  Centralia in rushing with 110 yards in 13 attempts while scoring one touchdown. Hatton rushed for 54 in two attempts and Bennett went 39 in eight with one touchdown.
Rosenfelder led Centralia’s receivers with 51 yards in three receptions and one touchdown. Robinson was 33 in three with one touchdown. Caballero was 12 in three.
Hatton and Emery Mast led the defense with nine solo tackles each. Both had five solos and four assisted. Each had a sack. Elliot McCoy and Rex Bryson  each had seven total. McCoy was five and two with two sacks. Bryson was four and three with one  sack.
Centralia finished the season with a 9-2 record.
Moberly plays Blair Oaks next week  in Wardsville for the district championship. For more see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.

Mattie Robinson catches a two-point conversion pass