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Posted: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 9:42 am

The Mountain Grove Panthers had little trouble with Salem in their second matchup of the year in taking a 39-13 win in the second round of district play.

Mountain Grove will host Osage Friday. Osage defeated Ava, 41-30, in their district game. Osage defeated Springfield Catholic, 55-14, in the opening round of district play. Osage had a regular season record of 7-2. Their losses came at Blair Oaks, 6-55; and California, 29-43. These two teams face each other in a district championship on the other side of the state bracket.  California advanced to the district championship with a 63-6 win over Southern Boone County and Blair Oaks defeated Fulton, 52-14.

The Panthers and Osage have had only two common opponents this year. In regular season play Osage defeated Warsaw, 41-0. Mountain Grove had defeated Warsaw in the opening game of district play, 38-0. In regular season play the Panthers defeated Ava, 20-14.

In Friday night’s game, Mountain Grove took the game opening kickoff and went 65 yards on a five play drive. Jacob Mitchell broke away for a 38 yard run which took the ball to the Salem two yard line. Johnny Healy would carry in from two yards out for the touchdown. Mitchell added the extra point.

The Panther defense forced a punt and drove to the Salem 35 yard line before the Tigers would recover a fumble. Salem was unable to take advantage of the turnover and again turned the ball back over to the Panthers.

The Panthers were unable to move the ball, but recovered a Salem fumble on the Salem 24. Healy would connect with Jamison Cain on a 21 yard touchdown pass to give the Panthers a 13-0 lead. Healy would find Andy Amos on the two point conversion.

Salem’s first score of the game came with 7:34 remaining in the half on a 62 yard touchdown pass. Salem was able to tack on the extra point.

Mountain Grove responded by driving to the Salem seven and had a first and goal, but penalties and lost yards moved the ball back to the 27 before the Panthers turned the ball over on downs.

The Mountain Grove defense again held and with less than one minute remaining in the half Healy scored from seven yards out and Trystan Short added the two point conversion to give the Panthers a 23-7 half time lead.

Both teams scored in the third quarter with Salem putting up a touchdown, and Healy scoring his third touchdown of the game.

Mitchell would put up a rushing touchdown in the final quarter and Amos would add a two point conversion.

A William Maggard safety would round out the scoring in the second half for the Panthers.

The Panthers put up 321 rushing yards. Healy led the Panther rushers with 145 yards on 21 carries. Mitchell added 112 yards on 11 carries. Mountain Grove had 90 yards through the air.

Cory Allen led the Panthers in tackles with 15. Mitchell recorded 11 tackles.

Salem was held to 36 rushing yards and 117 yards in passing.