The Highland Cougars stymied the visiting Palmyra Panthers for the better part of three quarters, but in the end the Panthers evened their won-loss record at 2-2 with a 23-6 win over the Cougars Friday night.

Through the first 34 minutes of play, all Palmyra could manage was a second quarter safety, while Highland scored on a nine yard pass from Austin Richmiller to Darren Smith, giving the Cougars a 6-2 advantage. The Highland defense stepped up, intercepting two passes by Brock Butler in the end zone to stop scoring drives.

The Panthers broke through with 2:34 to go in the third quarter on an 18 yard run by Dillan Parrish, going up 8-6. Palmyra scored twice more in the fourth, on a 23 yard pass from Butler to Jordan Nutt, and a 26 yard punt return by Caleb Kizer.

Highland falls to 0-4 as they travel to Macon next Friday, while Palmyra returns home to face Louisiana next week.