Piedmont 7-2 after win over Mavs
Panthers 2-1 in SCC, host Weddington in Week 11
Oct. 26, 2013 @ 12:36 AM
The Piedmont Panthers overcame some sloppy play to defeat Marvin Ridge 27-16 at home onnight.
The Panthers (7-2, 2-1 SCC) jumped on the Mavericks (1-8, 0-3 SCC) right out of the gate as they took the opening possession 80 yards on 13 plays.
The drive was helped when the Panthers were forced to punt on fourth-and-11 from their own 42 but the Mavs were called for roughing the kicker when they ran over the punter.
That made it first-and-10 at the Mavs' 43 and three plays later Tyler Long ran 19 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
The Mavs rallied back with two field goals early in the second quarter.
After driving down to the Panthers' 8 the Mavs were forced to try a 25 yard field goal that Tyler Cochran hit easily withleft in the first half to make it 7-3.
The ensuing kickoff was fumbled and recovered by Turner Schwartz at the Panthers 16.
Unable to pick up a first down the Mavs settled for a 28-yard try that Cochran again hit with ease to make it 7-6 withon the clock.
The Panthers would let the kick go into the end zone this time and the offense went to work again picking up 80 yards in just six plays.
Panthers quarterback Cameron Tripp found Cameron Price and Long on consecutive passes of 17 and 35 yards respectively.
Price, who was filling in at running back for injured Aaron Braswell, picked up 13 and five yards on consecutive runs to move the ball to the Mavs' 14 with a five-yard facemask moving it to the 9.
Long would take the next play to the house for his second touchdown and a 13-6 lead after the P.A.T. was bobbled and turned into a failed run attempt withto the break.
The Panthers defense would force a three-and-out but Tripp fumbled away the Panthers next possession to give the Mavs the ball at their own 45.
Mavs senior Jacob Henderson was stopped for a three-yard loss on first down but ran a seam route on second down where quarterback Gregory Martin hit him in stride for a 58-yard touchdown to tie the game where ti would stay into the half.
Neither offense got off to good start in the second half so it was the Panthers' defense that decided it was time to relight the scoreboard.
On first and 10 from their own 22 the Mavs tried a swing pass to Henderson the pass ended up being backwards and a fumble as Henderson couldn't handle it.
Piedmont junior linebacker Rhett Byrum scooped the fumble at the 12 and ran it in untouched for a touchdown and a 20-13 lead withleft in the third quarter.
The Mavs would get a 55-yard kickoff return from Henderson to start the next drive at the Panthers' 32 but the Mavs went four-and-out trying for a fourth-and-two pass that failed.
The Panthers got the ball at their 24 and decided to use some trickery on the first play.
Tripp hit Cody Leviner on an eight-yard hook but Leviner immediately hurdled the ball to Matt Fisher running down the right sideline another 68 yards for a touchdown and a 27-13 lead.
The Mavs would drive down the field and get a 35 yard field goal from Cochran to reach what would be the final score with left in the game.
The Mavs recovered the onside kick and drove down to the Panthers 25.
Martin threw incompletions on first and second down but made his biggest mistake on third and 10 as he threw wildly down field where only Panther safety Cameron Price was and he intercepted the ball easily to end any chance of a comeback.