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By David Sharp
Monroe City (8-1) scored the first 32 points in Week 9 Clarence Cannon Conference football play at Highland, claiming the 2021 CCC championship with a 64-22 win. The October 22, 2021 contest saw both teams make big plays. Monroe City has been ranked as high as second in the state football polls this season.
The powerful Panther ground game racked up a 413-228 yard advantage. Highland (6-3) passed for 67 yards while Monroe City quarterback Kyle Hays passed for 76 yards and two touchdowns.
Monroe City had a 21-15 advantage in first downs. The Panthers outgained Highland 491-295 total yards from scrimmage. Each team turned the football over one time. Monroe City defensive back Kyle Hays recorded a third quarter pick six after the Cougars stopped a potential scoring drive with an interception.
The Panther defense stopped Highland on downs in the Red Zone during first quarter play. Kyle Hays opened scoring with an eight yard touchdown run. The two point conversion was successful for an 8-0 lead.
Joshua Talton hauled in an 8 yard touchdown pass from Kyle Hays for a 16-0 lead after the two point conversion. Monroe City led 16-0 after one period of play.
Waylon DeGrave caught a 53 yard touchdown pass from Kyle Hays for a 24-0 lead after the two point conversion. Joshua Talton raced 67 yards for a touchdown. The two point conversion gave the Panthers a 32-0 advantage.
Highland saw a 40 yard touchdown pass taken off the board because of a second quarter penalty. The Cougars kept digging and found Robert Goehl open for a five yard sweep play. The touchdown pulled Highland within a 32-6 deficit. The two point conversion failed.
Ceaton Pennewell scored from two yards out. Joshua Talton ran in the two point conversion for a 40-6 Monroe City halftime lead.
Brayden Logsdon stopped a possible Monroe City touchdown drive with an interception near the end zone. Kyle Hays returned the favor, picking off a Highland pass and racing 37 yards for a Monroe City touchdown and a 48-6 lead.
Robert Goehl scored on a 25 yard run. Goehl ran in the two point conversion for a 48-14 score. Monroe City scored their final touchdown of the night on a 38 yard run. The two point conversion failed for a 54-14 Monroe City lead.
Drew Mallett raced 16 yards for the final touchdown of the game. The two point conversion closed the books on a 54-22 Monroe City win. Highland finished second in their Class 1 football District.
Drew Mallett was 11-28 passing with a touchdown and an interception against. Robert Goehl rushed nine times for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Drew Mallett rushed ten times for 93 yards and a score. Alex Oenning rushed twice for 15 yards.
Robert Goehl was 5-40 yards receiving. Braydon Logsdon was 2-8 yards receiving. Cameron Bringer was 2-7 yards receiving. Robert Goehl led Highland in tackles with 14 stops and six assists. Brandon Holder had six tackles and an assist. Cameron Bringer recorded five tackles.
Kyle Hays was 4-8 passing for Monroe City with 78 yards and two touchdowns. Joshua Talton led the Panthers in rushing with seven carries for 124 yards and a touchdown. Ceaton Pennewell was 12-67 rushing with a touchdown. Landon Utterback was 5-97 yards rushing for Monroe City.
Waylon De Grave led the Panthers in receiving with a 53 yard touchdown reception. Monroe City won the Class 1 District 2 championship with 51.86 points. Mark Twain (8-1) was second with 51.26 points.
The Panthers will host Van-Far (0-9) on October 29 in the first round of their district football play.
Highland (6-3) captured second overall in the Class 1, District 6 football regular season standings. The Cougars finished with 41.42 points. Marceline (8-1) won the top district seeding and will have a first round bye in the seven team district. The Tigers finished with 49.69 points.
Highland will host seventh seeded Paris (1-8) on Friday, October 29 at 7PM in their first district football game of the 2021 season. Westran (4-5) finished third and will host sixth ranked Salisbury (2-6) in the first round. Scotland County (4-5) will host a dangerous South Shelby (3-6) team in the fourth vs. fifth seed game.