Centralia – 62. West Hancock Titans – 20
Win number eight, it has a nice ring to Panther football fans.
They logged it 120 miles northeast of Centralia in Hamilton Ill against the West Hancock Titans.
The Titans though, might have been more than the Panthers expected, as evidenced by the “20” in the 62-20 final score.
The now 1-7 Titans had lost to every team in the Clarence Cannon Conference, and said Jim Newsted Panther head football coach, his team might have been a little overconfident.
They got over it, including Brady Oligschaeger, a senior who took a handoff for an up the middle three-yard touchdown early on to give legs to the Centralia scoring avalanche.
Centralia quarterback John Durant had a good game, sharing the ball, passing the ball and rushing the ball.
He also took a little steam out of the Titans’ senior night game early on when he intercepted a Titans pass ending their first possession and taking the first step in a scoring drive ending with Centralia’s first touchdown, a Jake Freidel seven-yard, reverse buttonhook south-side slant through the middle less than less than three minutes into the game.
Durant was a scoring factor on the ground, rushing for three touchdowns and 116 yards.
Freidel contributed by rushing for 112 yards and Grafton Littrell for 102, backed up by Liam Hill who returned to the game for 51 yards.
Freidel rushed for three touchdowns, Durant, Littrell and Oligschaeger, one each.
On the passing side, Durant for 131 yards and three touchdowns.
The Titans’ John Little threw 108 yards for two touchdowns.
The score by quarters was 21-8, Centralia in the first; 41-14 Centralia in the second; 55-20 Centralia in the third, concluding with Centralia finishing the game with a season-high 62 points.
“We made a conscious effort to pass more tonight,” Newsted said. “We have to get better at throwing if we want to get through the next two weeks,” he said regarding next week’s senior night game against Macon and the first round of the district playoffs, likely against Missouri Military Academy or Father Tolton.
The Macon game, he said, will determine whether the Panthers or Macon is this year’s Clarence Cannon Conference champion.
For the complete article, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.