MACON, Mo. — The first half couldn't have gone much worse for the Palmyra football team Friday night.
The second half, however, was a different story.
After being shut out in the first 24 minutes, Palmyra flipped the script fellow Clarence Cannon Conference foe Macon to grab a 22-8 victory heading into next week's Mayor's Cup battle with rival Monroe City.
Palmyra (6-2, 4-2 CCC) trailed 8-0 at halftime, and still did until late in the third quarter before quarterback Corder Lehenbauer completed a 47-yard touchdown strike to tight end Abe Haerr with 3 minutes, 31 seconds left in the quarter. Wade Begley couldn't convert the two-point try that would have tied the game.
It made little difference as less than two minutes later Lehenbauer threw a second touchdown pass to Haerr that gave Palmyra a 14-8 advantage with 1:34 left in the quarter. Lehenbauer's second touchdown pass went for 8 yards.
Running back Dakota Compton sealed Palmyra's victory with a 6-yard touchdown run with 5:10 remaining in regulation, which made it 22-8.
It was quite the contrast from the first half when Palmyra failed to find the end zone.
Macon (4-4, 3-3) scored the game's first points when Compton was tackled in the end zone for a safety with 9:05 left on the clock in the first quarter. The Tigers scored the first touchdown on a 2-yard run with 0:09 left before halftime.
Despite the sluggish start, Palmyra ended with 311 yards of offense. Lehenbauer completed 10 of 19 passes for 196 yards and the pair of touchdown passes. His lone interception resulted in Macon's only touchdown of the contest.
The Panthers ran for 115 yards on the ground, as Compton churned out 100 yards on 25 carries.
Haerr caught seven passes for 132 yards with the two touchdown grabs.
Macon had just 200 yards of offense and averaged just 3.6 yards per play.
The Tigers had 146 yards on the ground as running back Dominick Mitchell had 62 yards on 14 carries, while Blake Claas had 49 yards on seven attempts.
Chrisjen Reikeberg had the lone touchdown for Macon. Quarterback Jacob Nelson completed 5 of 9 passes for just 36 yards.
Palmyra will travel to Monroe City next Friday to close out the regular season before Class 2 district play begins, where it could likely see Monroe City once again.