By David Sharp
Centralia played one of their few home football games in the last two seasons in week five Clarence Cannon Conference action with Highland. The Panthers unleashed their powerful rushing attack, outgaining the Cougars 338-70 on the ground in a 40-6 Centralia win.
Kyden Wilkerson and quarterback Beau Gordon accounted for at least four Panther touchdowns. Centralia (3-3) scored the game’s first three touchdown, all with running plays.
Drew Mallett scored what proved to be the lone Cougar touchdown early in the second quarter on a four yard run. The two point conversion failed for a 22-6 Centralia lead. Beau Gordon threw a 32 yard touchdown pass for a 28-6 halftime lead.
Centralia scored twice in the third quarter. The Panthers scored on a 67 yard dash for a 34-6 lead. Beau Gordon threw another touchdown pass, this time from 3 yards out. Both point after touchdowns failed for the 40-6 final.
The game was relatively turnover free. Highland turned the ball one time on a lost fumble. The Cougars (4-2) harmed their chances for victory with a 3-11 (27%) third down conversion rate. Centralia was 5-9 (56%) on third down.
Centralia outgained Highland by a 449-233 total yard margin on the night. Highland held a 163-111 passing edge. The teams collected 15 first downs each.
Beau Gordon was 8-9 passing for Centralia with two touchdown passes. Gordon also had two rushing touchdowns.
Drew Mallett led Highland with 17 pass completions out of 30 tries for 163 yards. Robert Goehl was 16-40 rushing. Drew Mallett was 7-23 yards rushing with a touchdown. Goehl had five pass receptions for 60 yards. Brandon Holder had four catches for 32 yards.
Cameron Bringer was 3-32 yards receiving. Devin Stutsman was 3-25 yards in receptions. Brayden Logsdon had two catches for 14 yards.
The Cougars host Palmyra in week six area high school football action on Friday, October 8, 2021.