Panther Creek’s defense forced six turnovers in its shutout win over visiting Leesville Road, 27-0 Friday night.
Panther Creek posted its second straight shutout as the defense forced five fumbles and one interception.
Panther Creek utilized the hurry-up offense to set the tempo, but penalties and Leesville’s own solid defense kept the Catamounts from capitalizing on opportunities.
In the early going, Panther Creek relied on Philip Stone, who kicked field goals from 35 yards and 27 yards in the first quarter.
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Panther Creek’s no-huddle got going in the second quarter in a drive that culminated in its first touchdown. Brenden Magner rolled right and hit Justin Smalls along the side for the touchdown. Stone’s extra point made it 13-0.
“When we get it going, it helps us out,” Panther Creek coach Sean Crocker said about his no-huddle offense. Crocker wants his team to establish an early rhythm, which he feels the defense also feeds off.
Panther Creek (3-1) scored again in the third quarter when Devon McNutt scrambled 50 yards for the touchdown on a fake punt. McNutt took the direct snap and shot up the middle, bowling over a Leesville player on the way to the end zone. The fake punt came on a 4th-and-25 situation. The score gave the Catamounts a 20-0 lead.
Leesville’s defense kept the Pride in the game, forcing four turnovers, but Leesville was unable to put points on the board.
A recovered fumble on a Catamount punt return set up the Pride at its own 45-yard line with 1:08 left in the first half. Leesville (2-2) drove to the Catamount 26 yard line, but Taylor Johnson’s 43-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Panther Creek to end the half.
In the third quarter, Brenden Magner found Cameron LeBlanc in the back of the end zone for a score. LeBlanc made a nice leaping catch over the defender for his first touchdown of the season. The score put Panther Creek ahead 27-0.
“I thought we showed a lot of fight and stayed with it tonight,” Crocker said.