KAHOKA, Mo. — The Monroe City football team was shut out 42-0 by Clark County Friday night.
It was a humbling defeat for the Panthers as their Clarence Cannon Conference rivals totally dominated the game from the end of the first quarter until the final horn.
“That was a thorough butt-whipping,” Monroe City coach David Kirby said. “We knew coming in here they were a good team. We knew they were physical and the question was how could we establish our physical play.”
The game started with promise as the Panthers took the opening kickoff and controlled most of the first quarter, mounting a 14-play drive that chewed up nearly 8 minutes. But after the quick start, the Panther drive fizzled out at the Clark County 15-yard line when a fourth down and 12 yard play came up short.
“I was happy with the way we played in the first quarter but then we again had mistakes that it bit us in the butt,” Kirby said. “We have to understand the moment and finish the job.”
Clark County took over at the 13-yard line, and its potent offense ran over the Panthers, taking four plays to travel 87 yards for a touchdown, taking an 8-0 lead with 59 seconds left in the first quarter.
Monroe City mishandled the ensuing kickoff, and went nowhere in three plays. The snap to punter Logan Buhlig sailed over is head and out of the end zone, giving Clark County a 10-0 lead in the second quarter
Clark County drove quickly for a touchdown to take a 16-0 lead. Then, on a three-play 29-yard drive, Clark County scored with 6 minutes left in the first half to take a 22-0 lead.
“Sometimes, this happens in life,” Kirby said. “You could have laid down in the second half but you didn’t. You have to build on that. As a coach, I have to build on that. You played you butts off in the second half. You could have just quit and let them score another 30 points.”