Panthers lose their 'groove' against Dayton's Green Devils

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By Sharon Graves

The Carroll County Panther football season came to an end Friday night, Nov. 7, on the Green Devils’ field in Dayton, Ky.

The Panthers, losing 50-20, seemed to be just a step behind the Green Devils the whole game.

It was a team the Panthers beat last year, and one that has been losing to everyone else this year, sporting a 1-8 record until the Panthers showed up.

The Panthers, went 5 and 5 on the season and need to now get ready for post season play.

D.C. Craig and Daniel Wheeler led the defenses with 12 tackles each, and Chris Hendrick and Travis Rice each had one quarterback sack.

Justin Hearn logged 12 carries for 133 yards rushing and two touchdowns; and  Casey Cable had five carries and one touchdown.

Hendrick also made two catches for 42 yards.

Josh Kates was successful two out of three tries on the point after kicks.

But it wasn’t enough to overcome the Dayton team.

“We let them take us out of our game early when we went three-and-out on our first series,” said assistant coach J.P. Dale. “Then we punted, and then the Green Devils scored on their first series of plays. ... Our spirits were low a little bit, but we drove the ball and scored. We didn’t play well after that.”

Dale said it’s possible the Panthers four consecutive home games may have thrown the team off its rhythm, and he ruled out overconfidence on the Panthers’ part.

The team knew Dayton would be a dangerous team, he said.

The Panthers had four emotional games in the weeks leading up to the last game, and Dale said he believed the team may have been a little flat coming into Friday’s game.

Members of the team had been battling the flu bug and there were injuries, but Dale said he believes most everyone will be ready to go when the Panthers face off against Covington’s Holy Cross in the Class AA Gridiron Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 15. Game time is 1:30 p.m. at Holmes High School in Covington.