Panthers drop third straight

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By The Staff

For the second straight week, rain played havoc with Carroll County’s football aspirations, as the Panthers fell at Owen County by a score of 27-6. The win over Carroll  was the first in the series for the Rebels since 2002.

Owen County took the opening kickoff and marched down the field. The  drive culminated with a one-yard touchdown plunge by Joey Wood. The extra point was missed and the Rebels had a 6-0 lead with 6:34 left in the first quarter.

On Carroll County’s first play of the Panthers’ first possession, Owen County intercepted a pass to set up the Rebels’ offense once again. The ensuing drive ended when the Rebels could not convert on fourth down and gave the ball back to Carroll County.

The Panthers made another mistake when on fourth down. The snap from center went over the head of the punter and into the end zone for a safety to give Owen County an 8-0 advantage with 3:13 left in the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, Owen quarterback Cody McDaniel hooked with Tyler Pruitt on a simple screen pass that Pruitt took 28 yards for a touchdown. Following a failed 2-point conversion, the Rebels led 14-0.

For the rest of the first half, the Rebels continued to dominate the time of possession and appeared to be heading into the locker room with a 14-0 lead. That was until Carroll County standout Andy Sisenstein ran 75 yards for a touchdown with less than a minute remaining in the half. Despite Owen having possession of the ball for nearly 16 minutes in the first half, the Panthers managed to stay in the game with the late score.

The score remained the same throughout the third quarter and for a good part of the fourth quarter. Midway through the final frame, Owen stripped Carroll of the ball and scored another touchdown. Again the extra point was missed, but Owen County had a 20-6 lead and the momentum. Owen scored for the final time late in the game and with the successful extra point held on for the final score, 27-6.

The loss was the third straight for Carroll County, dropping their overall record to 5-3 and the district record to 0-2.

The Panthers return to home turf this Friday when they square off against Louisville DeSales.