Centralia Searches for Second State Title

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CENTRALIA - When it comes to pride, the size of your town doesn't matter.

Centralia is a small town with a big football tradition. On Friday nights, even the town's gas stations close down for the football festivities.

For some former Panthers, the team still matters.

"I've scouted a couple games for coach bennett and i said, i have to take off work early," Boone Romine, former running back, said.

Centralia is one of the most dominant football programs in mid-Missouri, but it's been eight years since the Panthers went the distance.

"I know when we talk to each other still, almost everytime when we're all together it goes right back to the fall of 2003," Romine said.

When Centralia won its only football state title, the memory still lingers.

"One of our coaches told us, he said you know you can be good and be happy with it. Finish high school say hey, we were good. Or you can decide to be great," Travis Kinkade, former Centralia lineman, said.

That's where Centralia finds itself now. The team has only six returning starters, but seven wins and no losses.

Now all that is left is a chance to establish its own lecacy.