Cats surge to victory

CorrespondentAugust 29, 2009 

— Propelled by crucial back-to-back plays on defense and special teams late in the third quarter to steal the game's momentum, Panther Creek rolled to a 30-15 win over Durham Jordan on Friday night.

Trailing 15-14 at the half, the Catamounts reclaimed the lead when Stephen Womble returned an interception for a touchdown with 3:23 left in the third quarter for a 20-15 lead.

The two-point conversion attempt failed.

Jordan quarterback J.J. Chambers' pass was deflected and Womble grabbed the ball and took it to the end zone.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Catamounts' Daniel White recovered an onside kick at Jordan's 22-yard line.

Seven plays later, Panther Creek quarterback C.J. Liley punched it in from a yard out to make it 27-15 four seconds into the fourth quarter.

The Catamounts added a 28-yard field goal by Walker Cruikshank 11 minutes later.

"That was a total team win," Panther Creek coach Wayne Bragg said. "The offense punched it in when it had to and the defense stepped up when it had to."

Chambers put the Falcons on the board first with 6:24 remaining in the first quarter, getting the touchdown on a 9-yard keeper.

The run capped a seven-play, 80-yard drive that started when T.J. Thorpe intercepted a pass near the Falcons' 20-yard line.

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