The Palmyra-Eagle Panthers would have given the Big Foot Chiefs a fight in the first quarter if it hadn’t been for a fumble, and might have stayed in the game, if not for a second-quarter collapse.
The Chiefs are the No. 1 team in the state according to the Division IV coach’s poll, and they played like it Friday night against the Palmyra-Eagle Panthers.
Big Foot won 38-0.
Palmyra didn’t go down as easily as many of Big Foot’s past opponents, but they were unable to consistently stop the Chief’s potent offensive attack and limit their own mistakes.
The Panthers fumbled twice, threw an interception and gave Big Foot great field position on a muffed punt.
Big Foot drove 64 yards in two minutes for a touchdown during their opening possession of the game, but Palmyra fired right back.
The Panthers responded with a slow and steady drive with the Chiefs only up by a touchdown.
They went 42 yards in just under 4 minutes. Then they fumbled the ball just as they were about to enter the red zone. It was the closest they would get to the Chief’s end zone all night.
Senior defensive tackle Garret Jeters recovered the ball and the Chiefs took over at their own 20 yard line. But the Panthers showed some defensive flare – they forced Big Foot to punt after a rare three-and-out in their own territory.
The Panthers regained possession, but couldn’t generate any movement. Two plugged runs and an incomplete pass later, they were forced to punt.
Then they allowed four scores on four consecutive Big Foot drives that spanned three minutes in the first quarter, and the entirety of the second; touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, field goal.
The Chiefs went into halftime with a 31-0 lead and would go on to score another touchdown in the third quarter.
Palmyra didn’t have the stamina to last against Big Foot’s well-coached players.
The Chiefs recorded 93 yards passing and 285 rushing. Running back Tim Long added 150 rushing yards and a touchdown on 17 attempts. Quarterback Brett Morris completed 10 of 17 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown.
Big Foot’s consistent high-level play and limited mistakes make them a difficult opponent to fight.
The Chiefs (8-0) will play Brodhead-Juda (7-1) at Big Foot High School this Friday at 7 p.m.
Brodhead is 4-0 in the Rock Valley - South Conference, just like Big Foot.