The Centerville Elks (0-1) came out strong after a kickoff return from safety Jay Mastin that started them at midfield. That was followed by a series of big runs by seniors Chris Barr and Janson Matthews, which set up a rushing touchdown by junior fullback Kyle Wenning to give the Elks a quick 7-0 lead.
The Elder Panthers' (1-0) defense responded to this series by allowing Centerville to score one more touchdown in a 33-14 victory on the road at Centerville Stadium. The unit played exceptional for the remainder of the game, forcing two interceptions and five fumbles, three of which were recovered by the Panthers.
--Interview: Doug Ramsey, Elder
--Interview: Cody Fox, Elder
Offensively, the Elder running back duo of Cody Fox and Jimmy White were able to carry the weight. Fox rushed 25 times for 164 yards and three touchdowns, including one from 55 yards out. White added 10 rushes for 87 yards, helping to lead the Panther offense to over 300 yards on the ground.
Elder senior quarterback Ben Gramke completed 11 passes out of 15 attempts for 97 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
The Elder Panthers will visit Lakota West next Friday, while the Centerville Elks travel to Columbus on Labor Day to face Indianapolis Cathedral High School at The Horseshoe.