Orange High football coach Pat Moser admits he was “shocked” Roxboro Person had improved enough to score first on his Panthers last Friday. The Rockets led 7-0 before Orange put together two scoring drives late in the first half and went on to win 27-14.
“You could see in warm-ups that we were a little flat,” Moser said. “Usually a team will get out of that once the game gets started and the hitting begins. But we were flat the entire first quarter.”
Person scored after a Panther cornerback saw Person quarterback Antonio Williams scrambling out of the pocket and opted to go after him. Williams, seeing the pursuit, lobbed a pass over the corner to wide-open Tayshawn Outlaw, who then sprinted 60 yards down the sideline for the first TD.
“That was a little scary for us, and it fired up Person,” Moser said.
Orange tied it at 7-7 on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Garrett Cloer with 1 minutes, 36 seconds left in the half. After the Panthers forced a punt on the next series, Orange got excellent field position and took the lead on a 3-yard run by Cloer with 13 seconds left in the half.
A 4-yard run by Drew Lemaster in the third quarter and then a 19-yard run by Cloer in the fourth put Orange up 27-7.
Orange anticipates a better this Friday. Orange expects to have Tay Jones back to start against Northern Durham.
Jones, Orange’s top running back returning from last year’s 12-2 team, missed the start of preseason camp and had to sit out the first game.