The Knob Noster Panthers pulled off a rare feat Friday night in Versailles, beating the Tigers 39-22.
The Panthers won their first season opener since 2009 when they beat Santa Fe 50-14 as part of a 3-7 season.
A running game that accumulated 381 yards on 34 carries, effective play from first-year quarterback Logan Lawber and a disciplined team that committed only three penalties for 18 yards put the Panthers on a winning track under first-year coach John Cox.
The Panthers averaged 11.2 yards per carry with Lane Epperson rushing for 218 yards on 17 carries, and he scored three touchdowns.
After throwing an interception that resulted in a 7-0 Versailles lead, Lawber settled down and completed 6 of 7 passes for 53 yards with one touchdown.
While the Panthers’ defense allowed 22 points, only two of the three touchdowns came against the defense and both came with the Panthers’ holding a comfortable lead (26-7 and 39-14).
The Panthers will travel to El Dorado Springs for a 7 p.m. Friday matchup with the Bulldogs.
El Dorado Springs, under the direction of former Versailles head coach Bob Ramsey, beat Stockton 28-6 on Friday night after reaching the Class 2 sectionals last season.
Cole Camp shut out
The Cole Camp Bluebirds’ season opened with a thud, as Skyline beat the Bluebirds 40-0 on Friday night at Cole Camp.
The Tigers opened the season as the 10th-ranked Class 1 football team in Missouri, according to the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.
Skyline (9-4) reached the state quarterfinals last season where eventual state champion Valle Catholic beat the Tigers 41-8.
According to Cole Camp coach Kevin Shearer, the Tigers appear to be equally tough this season.
The Bluebirds will face Benton County rival Warsaw at 7 p.m. Friday in Warsaw.
Clinton beat Warsaw 35-7 in Week 1.
Marshall ends skid
Marshall snapped a 13-game losing streak with a 26-25 win over Chillicothe on Friday night at Chillicothe.
Quarterback Alex Maupin rushed for four touchdowns, according to chillicothenews.com.
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Helias at Smith-Cotton: The Tigers will open their home schedule at 7 p.m. Friday at Jennie Jaynes Stadium.
Like Smith-Cotton — which lost 47-7 to Nixa — Helias drew a tough season-opening opponent. Harrisonville beat the Crusaders 38-37 in double overtime.
Sacred Heart at Maranantha Academy: Maranantha, which lost 47-0 to the Gremlins last season, will open the season against them at 7 p.m. Friday at Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park., Kan.
The Gremlins lost their season opener 50-8 to state-ranked Tipton.
North Callaway at Tipton: The Tipton Cardinals will open their home schedule at 7 p.m. Friday against Class 2 North Callaway, which lost 27-13 to rival South Callaway.