With week three of the Clarence Cannon Conference (CCC) in the books, there are only two undefeated teams left, Palmyra and Clark County while three teams are still in search of win No. 1.
Palmyra routed South Shelby 56-14 to stay atop the CCC rankings with Clark County. However, things were not as easy for the Indians. Clark County went into half time tied 13-13 with the winless Cougars, but came out in the second half to beat Highland 32-13.
This week, Palmyra (3-0) will host Highland (0-3). In 2012 the Panthers got their second win of the year in week four at Highland, beating the Cougars 23-6. This season the Panthers will be looking for their fourth straight win.
Palmyra has scored a combined 116 points this season while giving up just 60 points. The Panther’s biggest margin of victory was this past week when Palmyra beat South Shelby by 22 points and the smallest was a three point win over Centralia in week two.
Palmyra will enter this week’s game in the Missouri state high school football rankings for the second straight week. The Panthers cracked the top 10 after beating Centralia in week two. Although Palmyra slipped from No. 9 to No. 10 following its week 3 win, the Panthers are still one of only two CCC’s teams to be ranked among all Class 2 schools.
As for Clark County (3-0), the Indians will travel to Macon (2-1) to face the Tigers. Clark County doubled up Macon 42-21 last season. The Indians have put 114 points on the board this year while limiting their opponents to 52. During the first three weeks of the season, Clark County’s defense has allowed fewer points than the previous week.
Macon (2-1) is coming off a 40-12 victory over Monroe City. The Tigers never trailed, but it did get close at the end of the first half when Monroe City scored its two touchdowns to close within 21-12.
Monroe City will play its second straight home game this week when the Panthers host Brookfield. Monroe City fell to Brookfield 40-10 last season. The Panthers (1-2) are averaging 29 points a game this season. The high point came in a win over Mark Twain with the low point coming in last week’s loss to Macon.
Brookfield has won all three games it has played this season, BUT, the Bulldogs (3-0, 2-1 CCC) took a conference loss last week when they forfeited their game with Louisiana to play The Bell Game with traditional rival Marceline. Brookfield squeaked by Marceline 16-14, scoring the game winner on  a third quarter field goal.
With its close win, Brookfield slipped from No. 8 in the high school football rankings to No. 9 among Class 2 schools in Missouri.
With its forfeit win over Brookfield, Louisiana traveled to Bowling Green for a game and the Bulldogs (0-3) were blown out. Bowling Green built up 50-0 first half lead on the way to beating Louisiana 64-14. This week Louisiana will be hosting Mark Twain (0-3).
While hosting Louisiana last season, Mark Twain beat the Bulldogs 50-28 in a high scoring affair. Similarly, both teams come into week four without a win, so one way or another, one of these teams will get its first win of the season Friday night.
The final game of the week is Centralia (2-1) hosting South Shelby. Centralia beat South Shelby 26-8 in last year’s meeting.
The Centralia Panthers got back in the win column last week when they thumped Mark Twain 54-8. South Shelby (1-2) on the other hand will enter this week’s game on a two-game losing streak. After beating Louisiana in its opener, the Cardinals have lost the next two games to Macon and Palmyra.
Centralia plays in Class 3 and is currently three spots out of off the top 10 rankings.