Panthers suffer tough loss to reigning state champs


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The Panthers played a conference road game against the Starkville Academy Volunteers on October 5

Canton Academy was coming into the game with a 3-4 record with having beat Winston Academy the previous Friday night on senior night

Starkville Academy was coming into the game with a 7-0 record having beat Pillow Academy 17-14 the previous friday night

Coach Bowman said, “We have had a good week of practice overall, and I feel confident if we execute like we can, I feel we have a good chance to win. We have a few guys banged up injury wise, but we feel good as a team and coaching staff heading into the game.”

The Panthers started the game off a little shaky on defense giving up an opening drive touchdown to Starkville

The Panthers fault back and got the ball inside the 10 yard line with a first and goal.  Unfortunately the Panthers could only come away with a field goal bringing the score to 7-3.

The Panthers got a break after Starkville fumbled a punt from Jack Carr deep in Starkville’s territory.  After getting inside the 10 with another first and goal, they came away empty after Nick Foreman threw an interception in the endzone.

The Volunteers put another drive together right before halftime marching down the field and scored again in the second quarter on a 18 yard pass making the score 14-3.

John Marc O’cain said at halftime,” The team is playing hard, but we turned the ball over in the endzone that killed are momentum.  We feel like if we continue playing hard in the second half we have a good chance to win.”

The Panthers started the second half receiving the kickoff but couldn’t put a drive together and was forced to punt giving Starkville great field position.  Starkville went up 21-3 after a 9 yard touchdown run.

On the Panthers next drive Nick Foreman threw an interception where Starkville returned it to the Panthers 10 yard line.  Two plays later Starkville ran it in for another touchdown to make it 28-3.

The Panthers next possession ended again with a interception, Starkville took advantage again by scoring another touchdown first play of the 4th quarter making it 35-3

The Panthers put together a nice scoring drive in the 4th quarter when Nick Foreman threw a 30 yard touchdown pass to Shelby Johnson bringing the score to 35-10.  The Panthers had a few more possessions after that, but neither team scored again making the final score 35-10

John Marc O’cain stated, “The team played hard, but we couldn’t get the offense going.”

Coach Bowman stated after the game.”I was proud of the team’s effort, but we just couldn’t get anything going offensively.  We were having a hard time running the ball and when we threw 2 interceptions in the 3rd quarter that gave them good field position was tough to overcome.  I’m still proud of our team in the way they competed.”

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Panthers suffer tough loss to reigning state champs