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Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 10:09 am

The Mountain Grove Panthers took their first South Central Association Conference contest with a 26-0 win over the Ava Bears.

Ava took the game opening kickoff and drove to the Panther 39 before they were forced to punt. Mountain Grove took control of the ball on the Panther 11 and drove to their own 46 yard line before quarterback Carter Otwell kept the

ball and went 54 yards for the first Panther touchdown. The Mountain Grove extra point attempt failed.

Otwell led the Panther rushers in the game with 112 yards on 14 carries. The Bears would again be forced to punt on their next possession, and early in the

second quarter Mountain Grove scored their second touchdown on a four yard

run by Otwell. The extra point attempt was unsuccessful.

On Ava’s next possession, Tryston Short picked off an Ava pass and went just over 60 yards for a touchdown. Mountain Grove’s two-point conversion was unsuccessful. The half ended with Mountain Grove holding an 18-0 lead.

Mountain Grove was forced to give up the ball on the opening possession of the second half when they turned the ball over on downs on the Ava 35.

Runs by Chance Barbe and Short moved the ball to the Ava 24. Otwell found Andy Amos open for a 19 yard reception which put the ball on the Ava 5.

An Ava personal foul put the ball on the Ava 2. After a one yard run by Otwell, Barbe scored the final Mountain Grove touchdown with 6:53 remaining in the third quarter.

Otwell and Gavin Veach teamed up on a two-point conversion. The teams traded possession throughout the remainder of the game, but neither could

record a score. Mountain Grove had 256 rushing yards in the game.

Along with Otwell’s 112; Barbe had 91 on 15 carries and Short

53 on 14 carries.

Barbe, Trevor Thompson and Austin Williams helped lead the Panther defense with11 tackles each. Williams had six solo tackles and Barbe and Thompson, five solo tackles. The Panthers will host Willow Springs on Friday.