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Football: Panthers Fall to Cardinals

By Staff | Sep 11, 2015

Kaden Jaeger finding a sliver of daylight against the Cardinals. Jaeger had six rushing attempts for 11 yards for the evening.

Rugby suffered its first loss of the football season with a 69-6 drubbing by the Carrington Cardinals. They go into Homecoming week with a 1-1 record and are tending to some nagging injuries.

Carrington racked up 488 total yards, limiting the Panthers to just 155 yards with the Panthers rushing for a negative two yards. The Cardinals rushed for 403 yards with two of their players, Walker Carr and Drew Page, breaking the 100-yard mark – with Carr rushing for 155 yards and Page rushing for 101 yards.

Anders Johnson punched in a two-yard run late in the second quarter for the Panthers, when they were trailing 41-0 at that time. That was the only score of the game for the injury-riddled team. At the end of the night the stats show Johnson passed for 157 yards, going 11-23 with two interceptions. He also led the team with tackles, totaling 11 for the night. A bright spot, for a game that had few, was the sure hands of Ryan Michels, who caught nine passes for 139 yards, averaging 15.4 yards per catch.

Another bright spot of the game, and one that the parents of these players should be mostly aware of, was the halftime speech of the Panthers’ Hall of Fame Coach Scott Grochow. With the team losing 6 to 41 there was no yelling, no criticism, no anger. This was a coach who reminded his players why they were there. The speech was about building character, about working hard and never quitting. It was a speech that uplifted all those in ear-shot, and it reminded us all that if you do all that you can do, no matter the final score, you can hold your head high. Grochow gave a true-life lesson to remember that with hard work, determination and the will to win you will never lose on the playing field or in life.

Grochow shared this about the loss, “We have to put this behind us and get ready to compete. In a game like this if you can learn from the mistakes it will never be a total loss.” When asked about the injuries Coach Grochow was hesitant in his answer, because he didn’t want to make it an excuse and gave all credit to Carrington for playing “a heck of a game”. But he did confide that there were four starters out on offense and four starters out on defense, and with a 28-player roster something like that surely makes it an uphill battle.

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