By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Derek Lorey came through in the clutch like a veteran football player Friday night.
The South Shelby sophomore kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired to give the Cardinals a 23-20 Clarence Cannon Conference victory over Louisiana in the season opener for both teams at Shelbina, Mo.
"Derek did a great job and didn't let the situation affect him," South Shelby coach Rob Wilt said. "He showed a lot of confidence out there especially after we botched a couple of extra point attempts earlier in the game."
The Cardinals needed a rally to put Lorey in that position.
Louisiana recorded a safety with 8 minutes, 59 seconds left in the game to take a 20-14 lead. South Shelby answered with a long drive, tying the score at 20 when Brett Threlkeld completed a 29-yard touchdown pass to Austin Durbin with 2:29 left.
The Bulldogs were forced to punt four plays later. A roughing the passer penalty put South Shelby in field goal position with one-tenth of a second to play.
"I'm proud of the kids for not giving up especially being down six points with two something left," Wilt said. "This is a young team. It's a growing process. We have a lot of young guys this year."
Trace Windsor led the Cardinals on the ground with 144 yards on 13 carries, while Threlkeld rushed for 18 times on 102 yards.
Louisiana quarterback Zach Richardson was 6-of-16 passing for 140 yards and touchdown passes to Elijah Oblinger and Tristan Castiglia.
Palmyra 36, Macon 25: Two third-quarter touchdowns proved to be the difference as the Panthers won their season opener in a CCC game at Macon, Mo.
Palmyra trailed 9-6 at halftime before taking the lead when Josh Hultz scored on a 38-yard run with 9:28 left in the third quarter. Less than three minutes later, the Panthers extended their lead to 20-9 on Caleb Kizer's 42-yard scoring run.
Palmyra's five TDs all came on the ground. Hultz and Kizer both scored twice.
Three Panthers rushed for more than 100 yards.
Kizer rushed for 158 yards on 12 carries, Hultz ran for a 134 yards on 17 carries and Brock Butler rushed 21 times for 127 yards.
Clark County 42, Monroe City 25: Jayvin Ray scored three TDs in the Indians' season-opening CCC victory at Kahoka, Mo.
Ray scored on runs of 30, 2 and 20 yards. Jacob Trump also scored on a 46-yard run and finished with 120 yards on the ground.
Two third-quarter touchdowns — both by Ray — extended Clark County's lead to 35-12.
The Indians finished with 330 yards, while Monroe City finished with 300.
Brookfield 35, Mark Twain 0: The Bulldogs scored in each quarter in a CCC game at Brookfield, Mo.
The Tigers finished with only 99 yards — 51 on the ground.
Centralia 55, Highland 0: The Cougars were held to 151 yards in a CCC loss at Centralia, Mo.
The Panthers scored four touchdowns in the first quarter and extended their lead to 42-0 at halftime.
Westran 48, North Shelby 0: The Hornets rumbled for 413 yards in a non-conference victory at Shelbyville, Mo.
Westran led 41-0 at halftime and held the Raiders to only 55 yards.
Salisbury 35, Scotland County 6: The Panthers pulled away in the second half after leading 19-6 at halftime in Memphis, Mo.
Scotland County's only touchdown was scored in the first quarter when Kordie Kigar caught a 6-yard scoring pass from Jade Holt. That cut Salisbury's lead to 7-6.
Marceline 41, Knox County 12: The Eagles couldn't sustain their strong start in a road loss. Knox County quarterback Donovan Edwards gave the Eagles a 6-0 first-quarter lead with a touchdown run. Marceline responded with a kick return for a touchdown, then blocked an Eagles' punt, setting up another score. Edwards also threw for a score later in the game, finding Cedric Boone for a touchdown pass.