NEXT GAME: FRIDAY OCT., 27, 2017 GLENOAK
|PANTHERS KNOCK OFF STATE RANKED NUMBER 4 MCKINLEY
In front of a near capacity crowd at Perry Stadium, the Panthers rallied in the second half with good defense and
three Jarin Curtis touchdowns to defeat the number 4 team in division 1, 28-20.
Things didn't start well as they gave up a long opening game kickoff return to their 24, but made the Bulldogs
settle for a Sam Snyder 36 yard field goal to make it 3-0. On the Panthers first drive after a nifty kickoff return
by Robbie Kirchner to the Perry 47, the Panthers gained a first down, but were forced to punt. The snap went
over QB Max Baker's head, who was going to pooch punt and the Bulldogs were in business at the Perry 34.
Two plays later Keyshawn Watson turned the left corner and raced into the end zone. Snyder added the PAT
and it was 10-0 McKinley late in the first quarter.
The Panthers defense would set up the Panthers first score as Kirchner picked off a pass at the Perry 9. Perry
proceeded to drive the 91 yards on the strength of Max Baker, Jarin Curtis and Richard Coleman runs. Curtis
would bull his way into the end zone from 2 yards out and Caden Basham added the extra point to make 10-7
Bulldogs late in the second quarter. McKinley would score with 44 seconds left in the half on a Alijah Curtis 5
yard run. Snyder's kick made it 17-7 Bulldogs at the half.
The Panthers took the opening kickoff and drove 81 yards in 9 plays as Jarin Curtis streaked in over his right
side from 5 yards out. Basham's try closed the gap to 17-14 McKinley. The Bulldogs with the elusive Watson
running the ball, would get themselves in scoring position, but some nice defense by the Panthers stopped them
on third down and 10, forcing Snyder to try a 38 field goal that was perfect. The Bulldogs were up 20-14 late in
the third quarter. The Panthers responded with a 10 play scoring drive after the ensuing kickoff as Jarin Curtis
and Richard Coleman picked big chunks of yardage, with Curtis getting 39 yards on one carry. With 11:15 left
in the game Curtis slammed in off right tackle for the score and Basham added the PAT and it was now Perry
21 and McKinley 20. The Panthers would force a three and out on the Bulldogs next possession and would
score again in rapid fashion going 76 yards in 4 plays. Curtis ripped off a 63 yard run to the Bulldog 13, then
Richard Coleman would take the Jet sweep to the 2, then Curtis scored on the next play from the 2 for his
fourth touchdown of the night. Basham's PAT made it 28-20 with 9:15 left.
McKinley would drive to the Perry 5 with 6:08 left, but Kirchner broke up the pass in the end zone on fourth
down. Then after forcing Perry to go three and out on their next possession, McKinley would be in the red zone
again thanks to a Keyshawn Watson punt return to the Panther 24. Perry's defense was stellar on this
possession just allowing McKinley 6 yards to the Perry 18. On fourth and four, Alijah Curtis's pass was hurried
by the Panther pass rush and fell incomplete at his receivers feet. Perry gained possession 2: 02 left, got one
first down and ran out the clock for the big win.
Some Final Stats:
First Downs P - 19 Mck - 14
Yards Rushing P - 361 McK - 135
Yards Passing P - 54 McK - 112
Total Yards P - 415 McK - 247
Turnovers P - 0 McK - 2
Penalties P - 1 (15 yards) McK - 3 (15 yards)
Perry's Jarin Curtis had 33 carries for 245 yards