Friday night football brought a whole new light to the Mayor’s Cup game against Palmyra on October 25. The rival panther teams came together to celebrate their love and remembrance for Coach Jamar White, who selflessly devoted his time to both communities. The stands were filled with fans wearing each team’s colors and created an atmosphere of love, as both teams played their best on the field under the lights. Monroe City defended their four-year title of winning the Mayor’s cup, all while giving their highest regard to a coach who had instilled greatness in them, with a victory win of 40-22.
Antwuan Battle stepped on the field Friday evening, wearing his Uncle Jamar’s number 21. Throughout the game it appeared he played with an unstoppable force. Battle commented after the game stating, “We knew we had to do everything for Coach White,” as he smiled. Head Coach David Kirby shared on Battle’s performance, stating, “Antwuan played truly inspired football. Week in and week out Antwuan works hard and on this Mayor’s Cup game that hard work was very evident. He ran hard, blocked well, and played a complete game. He did that, all while going through the loss of his Uncle, Coach White.”
The Monroe City Panther team in its entirety played with dedication to their Coach who could not join them physically on the sidelines, but his impact could be felt by all those he had touched. Coach Kirby stated, “The Mayor’s Cup is a very special part of the Monroe City vs. Palmyra lore. That game brings out the best of competition in each team. This one was very special because the kids won the Mayor’s Cup for Coach White. I know the kids were heavy with emotion but they played valiantly and honored him in the most fitting way, a Mayor’s Cup victory.”
Clarence Cannon Conference awards were announced on October 29. Receiving coach of the year was former Monroe City Assistant Coach Jamar White. The following players were selected for first team: Kennan Batsell-Running Back, Max Hays- Offensive Line and Dalton McAfee-Offensive Line and Defensive End. Those receiving selections for second team were: Dalton McAfee-Tight End, Antwuan Battle-All Purpose, Danny Dennison-Offensive Line, Joshua Talton-Defensive Back, Aaron Plumb-Special Team Return Specialist and receiving Honorable Mention was Ceaton Pennewell for Inside Linebacker.
After the game was over, the Mayor’s Cup was presented to Mayor John Long and the game ball was presented to the children of Coach Jamar White, Deshawn, Taytum, Pierce and Knoxx in remembrance of their father.