In one of the tougher football conferences in the area, the Clarence Cannon Conference (CCC) has games every week. There is no bye week or non-conference play, so to win the conference, it's a battle every Friday night.
Last season, Clark County ran the conference and took home the championship. The Indians recorded two shutouts and twice held opponents to single digit scoring. Clark County's toughest game of the season might have been a five point victory (20-15) over Centralia.
The Indians led 6-0 at halftime, but by the end of the third quarter, Clark County trailed 15-12. Clark County ended up pulling out the win in the fourth quarter.
Clark County won its first 12 games, including the district championship, before losing to Blair Oaks in the quarterfinals.
Centralia took second in the CCC, losing only to the Indians. Despite the one loss, Centralia was fairly dominant on the field. The Panthers made it to the third round of the district playoffs before falling to California
Macon took third in the CCC with a 6-3 record while Brookfield took fourth, also with a 6-3 record. However, because Brookfield forfeited a game with Louisiana to play a rivalry game with Marceline, Brookfield's conference record was 5-4 despite an overall record of 6-3. Two other teams also finished with 5-4 records, Palmyra, and South Shelby.
Fifth place went to Palmyra as the Panthers beat sixth place finishing South Shelby 21-12 in head-to-head competition. In the postseason, Palmyra also advanced to its district championship game. However, the Panthers had to face Clark County and its season ended with the second loss of the year to the Indians.
After starting the season 0-5, Highland finished its season on a strong note, winning three of its final four games. Unfortunately for Mark Twain, the Tigers were the opposite of Highland. Mark Twain (2-7) won two of its first four games before finishing the year on five-game losing streak in eighth place.
Ninth place finishing Monroe City opened its season with six straight losses before beating Louisiana in a battle of winless teams in week seven. The Panthers of Monroe City scored more points against Louisiana (49) than they did in the first six weeks of the season combined (40).
The Louisiana Bulldogs brought up the rear of the CCC with an 0-10 season. However, due to Brookfield's forfeit, the Bulldogs (0-9) were credited with a win in conference play.
Mark Twain, Monroe City, and Palmyra all open on the road as do Centralia and Louisiana. Mark Twain will face off against Brookfield while Monroe City heads to Clark County. Palmyra will travel to Macon for its season opener. Louisiana will open with South Shelby and Centralia will start its season at Highland.
But with a new season on the horizon, there is hope for every team. Monroe City has a new coach this year and Mark Twain is in its final season in the CCC before leaving to join the Eastern Missouri Conference next season.