The Palmyra Panthers welcome Hallsville Saturday for the second time this year. Unlike the Week 3 matchup, these two teams have had a week to prepare to play against each other for the Class 2 state quarterfinals. The Panthers are back in the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2015 after defeating Monroe City 26-22. Coach Kevin Miles says they’re playing well.
The top ranked Panthers defeated Hallsville 51-16. The story of the Week 3 game was Palmyra’s defense. The Panthers had eight takeaways, including two pick sixes, and five fumble recoveries. Miles calls that game an anomaly and says Palmyra needs to play their best game of the year.
The Week 3 contest came to fruition on about a five hours notice. Hallsville coach Justin Conyers says he feels a little more comfortable given a full week to prep.
Conyers sees two big keys to the game.
A win for 11-0 Palmyra would secure them their ninth state semifinal appearance in program history. 7-4 Hallsville is looking for their first state semifinal appearance after clinching a second straight district title with a 36-14 victory over North Callaway. The quarterfinal winner faces the St. Pius X of Kansas City/Butler winner next weekend in the Class 2 semifinals. Coverage on Superstation KRES and centralmoinfo.com begins at 12:40pm Saturday with the kickoff at 1pm. Scott Lunte and Austin Ward have the call.