Centralia Panthers win 18-0
Friday night was a good time to be a Centralia Panther in Monroe City.
Especially after Centralia beat Monroe City’s Panthers 18-0 on Monroe City’s Lankford Field.
For almost two quarters it looked as if the game would be a repeat of last weekend’s scoreless first half between Centralia and Brookfield. Then in the last minute of the second quarter, Centralia quarterback Beau Gordon once again dove over the line after a 10-yard run, the first of his two touch downs.
Penalties were a factor for both teams.
Speedster Luke Hunter had to cross the goal line three times for one touchdown, due to incessant holding penalties called against Centralia.
That might have been what Centralia Head Coach Tyler Forsee, when he said, though extremely proud with his team’s work, that Centralia had “shot itself in the foot,” a few times during the game.
All three of Centralia’s touchdown came from running down Lankford Field’s artificial turf.
At the end of the first, the score was 0-0; at halftime, 6-0 Centralia.
Nobody scored in the third, then Centralia broke lose in the fourth. At 11:31 in the fourth Hunter completed a 40-yard drive with a three-yard fish hook through the south side of Monroe City’s line to put Centralia up 12-0.
Six minutes later, Gordon got back into the act with a nine-yard touchdown run.
None of Centralia’s trio of two-point conversion attempts were successful.
Luke Hunter led Centralia in rushing, going 138 yards in 23 attempts. Gordon backed him up in the rushing department, going 64 yards in 12 attempts.
Centralia’s offense took 357 yards to Monroe City’s 120. And had 13 first downs to Monroe City’s 10.
Gordon passed for 144 yards, Monroe City quarterback Kyle Hayes, for 70.
Ceaton Pennywell led Monroe City’s rushers, going 36 yards in 14 attempts.
“They just made more plays,” said Monroe City Head Coach David Kirby. “We weren’t able to get the blocks we should’ve, they played and aggressive style of defense. Coach Forsee and his staff, they’re doing a great job with them.”
In many ways Monroe City faced a traditional Centralia team, he said. “I said this all week. They’re not going to make many mistakes, they’re going to play physical, they’re going to play fast football. If you’re going to compete with them, you’re going to have to do those same things. Tonight they forced us into some situations we weren’t comfortable with. Hats off to them, they played a better game than us.”
The now 2-1 Monroe City Panthers next play Palmyra.
Centralia’s next game is on the road. They have changed their schedule and will play the Clark County Indians at Kahoka instead of in Centralia as originally planned.
For the full article, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.