Four weeks into the  football season, the Clarence Cannon Conference (CCC) had a couple of shocking finishes, but the main story from week four is that one team now stands alone at the top of the CCC, the Palmyra Panthers.
Palmyra improved its record to 4-0 when the Panthers routed Highland 40-0 last Friday during homecoming. With the win, the Panthers are the only undefeated team in the CCC. The win also kept Palmyra in the Missouri state high school football rankings. After slipping to No. 10 last week, the Panthers now hold the No. 9 spot among Missouri Class 2 schools.
This week Palmyra will be on the road as the Panthers travel to Louisiana to face the Bulldogs. Last year Palmyra blanked Louisiana 29-0. While the Panthers are riding a successful season thus far, the Bulldogs should be pretty excited as well after snapping their 13-game losing streak with a win over Mark Twain last week.
Louisiana (1-3, 2-2 CCC) scored touchdowns in the first and second quarter to put up a 14-0 lead. From that point it was all about holding on and the Bulldogs did. Mark Twain (0-4) added TDs of its own in the third and fourth, but the Tigers were unable to convert the PAT after either score and Louisiana won 14-12. It was Louisiana’s first win since the 2011 season.
Speaking of shockers, that Brookfield beat Monroe City was not a surprise, but that the Bulldogs beat the Panthers 9-6 was. Brookfield (4-0, 3-1 CCC) came into the game as the No. 9 team in the Missouri Class 2 state rankings, but slipped to No. 10 in the latest rankings.
This week Monroe City (1-3) will be on the road as the Panthers travel to Shelbina to face South Shelby. Brookfield, while a perfect 4-0 on the season, forfeited its game against Louisiana in Week 3 to play a rivalry game. Because of that forfeit loss, the Bulldogs are not undefeated in conference.
If Palmyra routed Highland, then Centralia obliterated South Shelby. The Pathers of Centralia shutout the Cardinals 50-0 last Friday to improve to 3-1 on the season. Centralia’s lone loss came at Palmyra in week two.
Centralia (3-1) will be looking for a win over Brookfield to try and remain one game back of Palmyra in the CCC standings. Centralia shutout Brookfield 31-0 last year. This year shouldn’t be much different as Brookfield has not had a high scoring offense while Centralia leads the CCC in scoring. Of course, Brookfield does lead the conference in defense, having allowed only 20 points total over the first four weeks of the season. But, Centralia is not far behind, having allowed the second lowest points on the season at 32.
Centralia is still on the outside looking in with the latest football rankings. The Panthers are sitting in the No. 11 spot.
As South Shelby (1-3) hosts Monroe City, it will be a battle of one-win teams. The odds favor Monroe City as the Panthers had scored nearly twice as many points this year as the Cardinals while allowing about 30 fewer. But, the game is played on the field for a reason and either team could pull out a victory. Last year South Shelby was the team that came out on top, beating Monroe City 26-14.
Another surprise from week four was Macon ending Clark County’s run against CCC opponents. The Indians opened the season 3-0 after running the table (9-0) last year in conference. Clark County’s 16 game winning streak against CCC teams started with a 35-0 win over Mark Twain in 2011 and came to an end this past week when Macon thumped the the Indians 41-27.
Clark County (3-1) will look to get back in the win column this week as the Indians host the winless Mark Twain Tigers. One year ago Clark County roughed up Mark Twain to the tune of a 41-0 drumming. What will the outcome be this year as the Tigers send a young team without a lot of experience to face the Indians?
Macon (3-1) will be on the road as the Tigers head to Highland to face the CCC’s other winless team, Highland. Last season Macon had little trouble with the Cougars as it won 49-3.