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Centralia Panthers football takes season’s first loss of the season at South Shelby

Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 6:31 am

Centralia loses 48-14

Listen below to South Shelby Head Coach Adam Gunterman discuss the win over Centralia. Fireside Guard Live! audio courtesy Cox’s Barber Shop

Listen below to Centralia Head Coach Tyler Forsee discuss the loss to South Shelby. Fireside Guard Live! audio courtesy Cox’s Barber Shop

“I love you if you win, I love you if you lose.” Those were Centralia Head Coach Tyler Forsee’s closing words to his team after their 48-14 loss to South Shelby as the heavy mist cast waving rainbows in the stadium lights over the South Shelby football field.

Panther fans saw their team play hard.

Unfortunately for Centralia, they saw the now 8-0, South Shelby Cardinals play harder.

The scoreboard told the tale without any embellishment

South Shelby scored 20 in the first while holding Centralia to zero.

Late in the second, Centralia quarterback Cullen Bennet connected to Elliott McCoy with a 26-yard touch down pass, and scored a two-point conversion. Centralia’s defense held South Shelby to six that and went into halftime with the score South Shelby 26 – Centralia eight.

Centralia was scoreless in the third, while South Shelby scored 14.

The Bennet-McCoy machine regained traction in the fourth with a 14-yard touchdown pass, finishing the game with 14 to South Shelby’s 48.

“Mr. Bennett is a phenomenal quarterback,” South Shelby Head Coach Adam Gunterman said afterward when asked who was on their radar going into the clash of the undefeated.

Centralia’s offense gained 265 yards, compared to South Shelby’s 377.

Bennett passed for 185 yards in 38 attempts with 18 completions and two interceptions. Cayden Dunn led the Panthers in receptions with 68 yards in six catches, Rex Bryson went 44 yards with four.  McCoy went 40 in two; Mattie Robinson went 25 in three.

Jesse Caballero led Centralia in rushing with 61 yards in 14 attempts. Bennett rushed for 19 in .

Caballero led the defense as well, with 11 tackles – eight solo and three assisted. Ashton Price had 10 – six solos, four assisted and one sack. Emery Mast had nine – six solos and three assisted.

Friday, October 20, the 7-1 Panthers host 0-8 Macon for senior night.

Elliot McCoy catches a touchdown pass

Drayden Conde rushes

Panther tackles hit a South Shelby receiver

A South Shelby receiver after Centralia breaks up a fourth-quarter pass play

Jesse Caballero on his way to a first down

Cullen Bennett punts

Beau Hatton sacks the quarterback