Panthers win 38-32 on the road
The now 4-3 Centralia Panthers rolled north Friday night and returned with a 38-32 win over the South Shelby Cardinals.
It was not a win that came easy.
Centralia came prepared for South Shelby’s run game and instead encountered a seriously accurate passing game.
The Cardinals took the opening kick and a few play-action passes later were up 6-0.
They were unable to score a two-point conversion, a re-occuring problem for the Cardinals.
By the end of the game, South Shelby’s quarterback Trevon Countryman had passed for 460 yards and four touchdowns.
Centralia caught on to South Shelby’s game plan and eventually took over the game, but it took time.
The first quarter ended with South Shelby up 6-0.
Centralia hit back in the second, but South Shelby clawed back and finished the first half, barely ahead, 20-16.
“Our offensive line did a good job fixing some holes,” Centralia Head Coach Tyler Forsee said afterward.
The Panther’s Iron Wall defense though, he said, had some areas where it could improve, mostly on pass coverage, he said. “We’ve got some things to work on… But South Shelby is a tough team, they don’t stop, they don’t quit.”
Neither did Centralia.
For the rest of the story, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.