Orange Panthers shut out Riverside Pirates

CorrespondentSeptember 6, 2013 

— The 3A Orange Panthers took advantage of six turnovers to beat Durham Riverside 38-0 Friday night for their second shutout in three games. The Pirates join Roxboro Person (40-0) and Northern Durham (42-15) on Orange’s PAC-4A hit list.

“So far, so good,” said Orange coach Pat Moser, whose team is averaging almost 40 points a game. “On defense, our kids are extra talented. Our first team defense has not been scored on this season.”

Panthers quarterback Garrett Cloer threw for 186 yards, including 152 in the first half, and three touchdowns, as Orange took charge early and never looked back. The Panthers scored four touchdowns off four of the Pirates turnovers, including three in the first half.

“They are a good football team, and we knew we had to throw the ball to loosen them up,” Moser said. “(Cloer) just continues to play real well. He’s smooth and calm.”

Cloer threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Ky Muller (48 yards) and running back Patrick Pettiford (86 yards), while Tay Jones scored on a 6-yard run to make it 21-0 at halftime.

“We are a much better team than we showed tonight,” Riverside coach David Hackney said. “Turnovers have plagued us in all three games. They are a good football team, and they make you pay. That score before halftime really hurt.”

Jones, who rushed for 119 yards on just 10 carries, scored his second touchdown early in the third quarter on a 55-yard race down the right sideline. A Riverside fumble on the ensuing kickoff gave the Panthers the ball at the Pirates 29.

Six plays later, kicker Brad Barbee nailed a 29-yard field goal with 4:36 left in the quarter.

Backup quarterback Josh Kiehle finished the scoring with a 53-yard touchdown pass to Bryse Wilson with 3:23 left in the game.

“We are still a good football team,” Hackney said. “We’ll regroup, do some things and prepare for Cedar Ridge.”

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