The Monroe City Panthers hosted Bowling Green in the District Semi-Final game on November 6 at Lankford Field. The Panthers faced off to a talented Bobcat opponent and contended their way to victory, winning with a score of 28-26.
Head Coach David Kirby stated, “We had to fight for 48 minutes of football against a very good Bowling Green football team. Our kids showed a never quit attitude and were able to pull off a great win.”
During the first half of the game, the Monroe City and Bowling Green battled up and down the field with each team turning the ball over on downs, trying to find each other’s weaknesses on the field. In the second quarter, Bowling Green fumbled the football and was recovered by Waylon DeGrave, giving Monroe City a chance to take the lead, with the score tied at 14-14. The Panthers drove the football towards their end zone and Logan Buhlig scoring a touchdown just before half-time, making the score 20-14.
In the second half, the teams continued to fight for a chance to advance to districts. The Panthers used their grit and strength to drive the ball and stop a very talented Bowling Green team.
In the fourth quarter, Kelson Painter made a tackle stopping Bowling Green, causing them to turn the football over on downs with a tied score of 20-20. The Panthers needed to find an offensive play, but Bowling Green intercepted a pass intended for Joshua Talton and would make a touchdown.
With Bowling Green in the lead 26-20, Monroe City looked to find a way to secure a win. Driving the football back down the field, Joshua Talton would find his way to the end zone to tie the game, 26-26. Pennewell found a hole, to add two more points for the 2-point conversion, leading 28-26.
The crowd cheered, with both teams continuing to battle. Monroe City would now have to defend their lead for 3:16 to win. The Panthers were able to push back the Bobcats with both Buhlig and Painter blocking passes near the end zone.
Monroe City will advance in the District game against Palmyra. The Panthers will travel to Palmyra on Friday, November 12 with a kick-off set for 7 p.m. Coach Kirby shared about the upcoming game, stating, “We are excited to get another crack at Palmyra. They are a very solid ball team, and we look forward to the challenge. Our kids have worked very hard to put themselves in this position to play for the District title and we are going to give everything we have to bring home a win.”