The Monroe City Panthers hosted the Bowling Green Tigers in a semi-final district game on November 2 at Lankford Field. The Panthers demonstrated their excellent skill of defense and offense throughout the game against the Tigers giving them the win. The 48-12 victory advances the Panthers for a chance to obtain the District Championship.
In the first quarter, Gage Bottoms was able to break through the Tigers line of defense, scoring a touchdown for the Panthers. Zach Osborn followed suit with another touchdown, giving the Panthers a 12-0 lead.
During the second quarter, the Panthers continued to take down the Tigers as Osborn found his way to the end zone making adding another touchdown to the score with Keenan Batsell making the 2-point conversion. Bowling Green, attempted a pass which was caught by a Tiger who was able make it to the end zone with a touchdown. Osborn quickly found a hole and ran a 54-yard touchdown before the first half ended with a score of 26-6.
During the third quarter, Damian Holland caught an interception giving the Panthers control of the football. Batsell headed to the end zone making a touchdown and the 2-point conversion. As the Tigers attempted to move the ball down the field, the Panthers defense would prove to be strong enough causing Tigers to turn over the football on downs. As the offense entered the field, Blake Hays would connect a 30-yard pass to Kaelin Kendrick-O’Bryan adding another touchdown to their score. The Tigers took their place on the field to receive a kick, but Lance Williams used his speed to recover the on-side kick, giving Monroe City possession of the football again. Gaitlin Bichsel caught a 31-yard pass from Blake Hays making the last touchdown for the Panthers with a 2-point conversion play by Batsell.
The fourth quarter would give the Tigers one more touchdown before the game ended, giving the Panthers a 48-12 victory.
Head Coach David Kirby stated, “The Panthers played very aggressive against Bowling Green. We were able to execute at a high level. The offensive line opened up good holes for running backs. The running backs hit the hole with a very definitive purpose. Our running game opened up our passing game. We took some shots down the field and it paid off with 3 passing touchdowns.”
On November 9, the Monroe City Panthers will host the Clark County Indians for the District Championship Title. Earlier in the season, the Panthers beat the Indians with a 44-20 score on October 12. Coach Kirby commented on the upcoming rematch stating, “Clark County will be ready to play an aggressive game. They feel they did not show their best hand in our previous matchup. They will try to slow our running game down and limit the number of touches our offense has. They are well coached and will be looking to avenge their previous loss to us.”
The District Championship game will be held at Lankford Field with kick-off set for 7 p.m.