Prep Football

Palmyra dominates second half against Kirksville


Photo Courtesy Sheila Scholl
Courier-Post Staff
Posted: Oct. 5, 2019 9:13 am Updated: Oct. 8, 2019 2:28 pm

PALMYRA, Mo. — The Palmyra football team looks to be finding its stride on both sides of the ball.

Palmyra limited Kirksville to 175 yards of offense while racking up nearly 300 of its own on the way to a dominant 33-6 victory Friday night at the Palmyra Middle School Field.

The Panthers didn't let up in the second half.

After leading 13-6 at halftime, neither side find the end zone until Palmyra quarterback Corder Lehenbauer scored from 2-yards out to make it 21-6 with 1:43 remaining in the quarter.

Lehenbauer connected with tight end Abe Haerr on a 23-yard scoring play on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 27-6 with 11:47 remaining in regulation.

Running back Wade Begley finished off the game with a 14-yard touchdown run, which made it 33-6 with 4:02 to play.

Kirksville couldn't find any room to run as the Tigers were held to 23 rushing yards on 20 attempts.

Palmyra, meanwhile, ran for 170 yards on 57 carries. Lehenbauer also completed 9 of 17 passes for three touchdowns and 122 yards.

His first touchdown pass came late in the first quarter when he hit Haerr for a 35-yard strike, giving Palmyra a 7-0 lead with 1:43 on the clock. Kirksville answered as Paxton Dempsay scored on a 1-yard run, but the PAT was blocked as Palmyra preserved a 7-6 lead.

Kirksville didn't find the end zone again.

Lehenbauer hit Kaden Malone for an 18-yard touchdown pass with 16 seconds remaining until halftime to five Palmyra a 14-6 advantage heading to the locker room.

The Panthers totaled 292 yards of offense, and averaged 3.8 yards per play. The Tigers did record 152 yards through the air, but Dempsay completed 7 of 28 passes and threw two interceptions.

Haerr caught three passes for 69 yards.

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