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By David Sharp
Robert Goehl scored a fourth quarter Highland touchdown on a two yard run, providing the winning margin in a hard fought 24- 20 Highland win over Palmyra (3-4, 3-2) in week seven Clarence Cannon Conference football at Highland.
Highland (5-2, 3-2) was more productive in their passing game. Palmyra limited Highland to 54 total rushing yards. The Panthers outgained Highland 218-54 on the ground. Highland held a 267-32 yard passing advantage.
The Cougars won the total yards from scrimmage battle by a 321-250 yard margin. Palmyra quarterback Collin Arch left the game with an injury in the third quarter and did not return to action.
Palmyra scored first when Collin Arch ran three yards for a touchdown. The kick was good for a 7-0 Panther lead. Drew Mallett fired a 34 yard pass, setting up Devin Stutsman hauling in a 22 yard touchdown pass from Drew Mallett for a 7-6 Palmyra edge.
The Highland point after touchdown was no good. Coleman Hultz intercepted a tipped pass, giving Highland a short field.
Devin Stutsman caught a 28 yard scoring pass from Drew Mallett. The two point conversion failed leaving Highland with a 12-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Ryan McKeown scored on a second quarter 27 yard touchdown run. The kick was good for a 14-12 Palmyra lead. Highland responded from a six yard Palmyra quarterback sack a score. Cameron Bringer caught a 24 yard touchdown pass from Drew Mallett for an 18- 14 halftime lead.
The third quarter was scoreless. Adam Goodwin took over at quarterback for Palmyra after Collin Arch was unable to play due to injury. Highland intercepted a tipped Palmyra pass. The Panthers stopped the Cougars on downs.
Adam Goodwin scored on a two yard fourth quarter run for a 20-18 Palmyra lead. Drew Mallett kept the subsequent Highland drive alive, passing to Cameron Bringer on fourth down.
Highland drove to the Red Zone late in the game. Robert Goehl ran the football in from two yards out for a 24-20 Highland lead. Neither team could convert a fourth quarter kick or two point conversion.
Palmyra got pinned back on their 13 yard line late in the game. The Panthers were unable to convert a fourth down and 17 yards to go situation. Highland took over on downs.
The Cougars downed the football and celebrated their 24-20 victory. Palmyra had a 15-14 advantage in first downs. Drew Mallett was 16-27 passing for 267 yards and three touchdowns along with an interception against.
Robert Goehl was 12-60 yards rushing and a touchdown. Cameron Bringer led the Cougars with seven catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. Devin Stutsman was 3-84 yards receiving with two touchdowns. Brandon Holder had three catches for 11 yards. Braydon Logsdon, Coleman Hultz and Robert Goehl had a reception each.
The Cougars took sole possession of second place in their Class 1, District 6 standings with the victory. Marceline is first in the current district standings with a 6-1 record and 49.59 points. Highland is second with 43.59 points. Scotland County sits in third place with 30.25 points and Westran is fourth at 3-4 with 29.24 points.
If the district playoffs began today, Highland would host Paris (1-6) and Marceline would host Salisbury. Highland takes on Brookfield (3-2) in October 15, 2021 Clarence Cannon Conference football action.