Panthers hold off Mustangs in thriller
September 30, 2021
Barry Churchwell, Stats
The Lewis County High School Panthers football team hosted the Loretto Mustangs on Friday, September 24, 2021.
The Friday night game was a back-and-forth physical and close matchup between the two rivals. The visitors from Loretto struck first three minutes into the opening quarter when quarterback Carter Daniel connected with Caden Porter on a 39-yard touchdown pass and Patton Simbeck converted the point after to give the Mustangs a 7-0 lead early.
It would be the second quarter before the Panthers responded. With 9:21 to play in the first half, Lewis County's Lincoln Brewer broke through the Mustang defense on his way to a 19-yard touchdown run and Blake Carroll added the point after to tie the game at 7.
The game would remain tied until early in the fourth quarter when Brycen McDonald found Blake Carroll in the back of the endzone for a touchdown and Carroll added the PAT to give Lewis County a 14-7 lead.
Loretto would answer moments later on a 16-yard touchdown run by Porter and Simbeck point after to tie the game.
With possession and time winding down, the Panthers would mount a drive to score with just over a minute left to play when Lincoln Brewer scored on a 22-yard run and Blake Carroll added the point after to give the Panthers a 21-14 lead with just over a minute left in regulation.
Loretto would manage the clock and pick up big first downs on subsequent drive, moving deep into Panther territory. With :08 seconds on the clock, Daniel found Jack Welch in the front corner of the endzone for a 19-yard touchdown pass. Loretto lined up to go for two, and the win, but the Panther defense forced an incomplete pass.
Loretto, in desperation, kicked a successful onside kick to regain possession, but the Panther defense fended off the final attempt to seal the win 21-19.
Lincoln Brewer had 133 yards on 15 carries and 2 touchdowns, Blake Carroll had 12 carries for 100 yards, Kael Feichtinger 66 yards on 12 carries, and Brycen McDonald 1 yard on 3 carries. Brycen McDonald completed 4 of 5 passes for 18 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Kael Feichtinger had 1 reception for 12 yards, Dyer Barnes 1 reception for 7 yards, and Blake Carroll 2 receptions for 2 yards and a touchdown.
Kael Feichtinger had 16 tackles for the Panther defense. Chaz Sparkman had 10 tackles and one tackle for loss, Hunter Smith 8 tackles, Cole Farr had 6 tackles, Ayden Dunn and Eli Carroll 5 tackles each, Maddox Kellogg and Zander Frierson 4 tackles each, Jaydon Stewart 2 tackles and one for loss, Bentley Kelsey and Trezdan Sparkman 2 tackles each, and Blake Carroll, Dyer Barnes, Lane Barnes, Ethan Ray, Kade Skelton, and Payton Tripp each had a tackle.
The Panthers return to action at Bobby W. Sharp Stadium on Friday, October 1st when they host Adamsville at 7 p.m. preceded by Homecoming activities at 6:30 p.m.