FOOTBALL: Homecoming Week ends in Panther loss
The weather wasn’t the only thing not going the Rugby Panthers’ way.
Last week the Panthers found themselves on the opposite side of a third shutdown loss at home, this time against the Park River Area Aggies.
Both teams were bit early on by the fumble bug. After getting a touchback on their own 41-yard line the Panthers had a fumble, which the Aggies recovered.
The Aggies were able to get further into Panther territory on a keeper from junior quarterback Adam Zavalney. Zavalney would keep it for the few plays to follow, including getting a 14-yard running touchdown on 3rd down and short and running it in on the ensuing conversion.
The Panthers’ possession afterward was the start of both teams getting bitten by the penalty bug. With 5:24 on the clock in the first quarter Rugby was sent back to near mid-field on an offensive holding penalty. Less than two minutes later Panther junior quarterback Kevin Vetsch was dinged on an intentional grounding penalty, resulting in 4th down and long.
The Aggies then had a fumble bug of their own on the ensuing punt, which the Panthers recovered.
Midway through the second quarter the Panthers found themselves in 2nd down and 3rd down and long situations deep in their own territory. The 3rd and long then became 4th and long, forcing the Panthers to punt. The snap went high over the punter’s head and resulted in a safety and two more points for the Aggies.
The Panthers had gifts in the form of another fumble recovery in Aggie territory, followed by a face mask penalty called on the Aggies on the following possession.
The penalty bug started rearing its ugly head again late in the second quarter and relatively early in the third quarter, with the Aggies being sent back on plays due to false starts.
After a turnover on downs, the Panthers had an ugly possession that ended with a Vetsch pass attempt getting picked off.
The Aggies would later have a three-touchdown fourth quarter, with Zavalney scoring on short runs for two of them.
The Panthers traveled to Carrington on Friday to take on the Cardinals. Next week the Panthers will host the Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn Sioux in their last home game of the regular season.
Region at a glance
* The Langdon Area-Munich-Edmore Cardinals defeated the Sioux, 40-8.
* The Harvey-Wells County Hornets defeated the Central Dakota Titans, 40-14.
* The Carrington Cardinals defeated the Bottineau Braves, 40-6