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5-3 Monroe City welcomes 6-2 Palmyra for the 16th edition of the Mayors Cup Friday. The game will be an emotional one for both schools that goes beyond the gridiron. Monroe City assistant coach Jamar White died in an automobile accident Saturday evening. The coach played an integral role as the JV Defensive Coordinator, and also was the running backs, and defensive backs coach. His wife Michelle is from Palmyra and their four children attend the Palmyra school district. Monroe City coach David Kirby says the team preparing for this game temporarily helps in the healing process.

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White’s visitation is Sunday evening, and his funeral services take place Monday at 11am at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Monroe City.

As for the game, the two schools are battling for outright third place in the Clarence Cannon Conference, and the second seed in districts. Palmyra coach Kevin Miles explains the rivalry between the two schools.

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Monroe City is coming off back-to-back losses to Helias and Clark County. The team was shut out for the first time since 2015 with the 42-0 loss to the Indians. Senior Keenan Batsell leads the rushing attack with over 1,200 yards on the ground and 14 touchdowns. Kirby says the team needs to get back to basics in blocking schemes, because Palmyra will be one of the most disciplined teams they’ll face all year.

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Defensively, ninth ranked Palmyra has allowed just 11 points per game, and they are coming off a 22-8 victory at Macon. Despite the defense playing well all year, Miles says Monroe City’s Wing T is still difficult to stop.

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Palmyra’s offense is led by quarterback Corder Lehenbauer, who has dished up 1,200 passing yards, and 14 touchdowns. Monroe City leads the all-time Mayors Cup series 9-6. Coverage for tonight’s game gets underway at 6:25 on KRES and Scott Lunte has the call.

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