Panthers win District Title with ease over Mark Twain 52-0

District Champs

Submitted Photo Panthers celebrate big win over Mark Twain in District play Friday, Nov. 12 at Lankford Field.

The Monroe City Panthers captured the district title on November 12, winning the District Championship against Mark Twain 52-0. Head Coach David Kirby stated, “We played very well in all areas of the game. We were able to limit their big play capabilities. Our kids were extremely focused and played exceptionally well.” Monroe City had a total of 88 passing yards with a total of 384 rushing yards compared to their opponent with Mark Twain having 34 passing yards and a total of 54 rushing yards.

The Panthers, in what has become this year’s season fashion, dominated the Tigers on the field both offensively and defensively. Stats showed a number of skills from the Monroe City athletes including: Ceaton Pennewell who had 1 tackle, 5 assists, caused 1 fumble for loss, 2 pass deflections and had 13 carries gaining 99 yards with 2 touchdowns and one 2-point conversion; Kyle Hays completed 5 of 8 passes for 107 yards, had 1 touchdown with 1 carry for 6 yards and zero interceptions; Landan Holland had 2 tackles, 4 assists, 1.5 tackles for loss and 1 fumble recovery; Dawson Karr had 4 assists; Joshua Talton had 3 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, caused 1 fumble for loss, 2 pass deflections and 1 interception with 11 carries gaining 226 yards and 4 touchdowns; Ashton Wallace had 2 assists and 1 fumble recovery; Landon Utterback had 6 carries gaining 52 yards, 1 assist, 1 fumble recovery, 1 pass deflection and completed two 2-point conversions; Reece Buhlig had 1 tackle and 1 assist; Elmer Mendez-Martinez had 1 carry for 5 yards; Blake Yager  had 1 assist; Josiah had 1 tackle; Jaylyn Countryman 1 assist; Jag Hays had 1 tackle; Waylon DeGrave had 2 tackles with 3 carries gaining 91 yards and scoring 1 touchdown; Andrew Shoemaker had 1 pass deflection; and Cameron Jones had one 2-point conversion.

The Panthers will travel to Hayti to compete in the Class 1 Quarterfinal on Saturday, November 20 with kick-off set for 1 p.m. Coach Kirby spoke about the upcoming challenge, stating, “Hayti is a talented team with a dynamic quarterback.  They have big play capabilities.  We need to be locked in and play assignment sound football.” 

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