Champions

Centralia seniors celebrate by hoisting the 1A state plaque after winning 18-14 against Smith Center Saturday afternoon at Lewis Field on the campus of Fort Hays State University. Photo by Holly Haufler

“Whole squad ready!” has been the battle cry from the mothers to their sons on Centralia’s football team.

The Panthers responded weekly showing signs of improvement since a 28-8 loss to Rossville to start the season. The wins kept coming, 12 straight that included the 18-14 come-from-behind victory Saturday in Hays, to become streak busters against Smith Center.