By Rick Conrad
For the Pharos-Tribune
ROYAL CENTER —
Under a constant barrage of rain and battling sloppy field conditions, the Pioneer Panthers kept their conference record perfect with a 54-8 thrashing of Tri-County Friday night. With the win the Panthers have set the stage for their showdown with West Central next Friday to determine the Midwest Conference champion.
This year’s senior class was honored on this night, but the night was bittersweet for starting quarterback Mitchell Williams. It appears that Williams could be lost for the season as he suffered an arm injured on the opening play of the game. Freshman Sam Kiser entered for Williams and the Panthers’ offense kept rolling without a hitch.
Running back Joe Miller was the workhorse for Pioneer on the night with 23 carries for 234 yards rushing and three scores. Miller and Dillon Stanton led the defense with a combined 13 tackles.
Pick up Sunday’s paper for complete coverage of the game.