Panthers Get Win in Optimist Action
The following are the results from the Sandhills Optimist Club football leagues.
Panthers 30, Redskins 8: For the Redskins, Jackson Maples scored on a 35-yard run after stealing the ball from a Panther running back. The Redskins ran the ball well all game behind the blocking of Tyler Prince, Tim Morphin, Brett Stewart, Eric Gunther, Dylon Leija, Conlry Lomax and Dave Ivey, but costly turnovers ended numerous drives. Cody Artman, Dalton Bullard and Maples continued their strong defensive play. For the Panthers, the offensive line of Darin Carlyle, Kyle Robinson, Connor Hees, Jordan Waters, Nick Conti and Brandan LaClair lead the way to a big rushing day for the offense.
Brennan Bullock scored the Panthers first touchdown from six yards out and Zach Cooper added a 25-yard rushing touchdown just before halftime to push the lead to 12-0. Michael Bullard added two long touchdown runs in the third quarter, and Cooper scored his second touchdown of the day in the fourth quarter to finish out the Panther scoring. Conti and Cooper each recovered fumbles to set up Panther scoring drives and Jordan Waters picked off a Redskin pass.
Steelers 18, Patriots 6: Nick Lacy rushed for 106 yards and scored from 30 yards out, and Chris Isom galloped 50 yards to score another touchdown. The offensive line consisting of Henry Duncan, Moose Parson, Sam Williams, Jacob Scott, Chris Isom and Ryan Weibert played great as a unit. Defensively, Ryan Weibert intercepted a pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown. Logan Crisp recovered a Patriot fumble and made 10 tackles. Ryan Baker was credited with 10 tackles and teamed up with Ryan Weibert to make a goalline stand. Cody Lunday played a great defensive game, including a quarterback sack which stopped a Patriot drive.
Despite the low score the Patriots had a productive day on offense moving the ball all over the field, but not being able to score on a tough Steeler defense. The Patriots were led on offense by Tristan Helms, Justin Sengkhamphong, La'Shawn Hollingsworth, and Ryan Bender. A very much improving Patriot defense was led by Malik Newsome, John Major, Alexander Knight, Justin Sengkhamphong and Tristan Helms.
Redskins 12, Cowboys 8: The Redskins locked up with the Cowboys in a true defensive struggle. Several three and outs were recorded by both defenses at the start of the game. A Cowboys' touchdown in the first half forced the Redskins to answer with only 39 seconds left on the clock. After two broken plays, and nine seconds left on a running clock, quarterback Sammy Turner handed off to Brayden Edwards, who took the ball the length of the field for a touchdown. Garret Cross played a perfect game at center with no center-quarterback exchange errors. Isaiah Minnear contributed nice runs, keeping some key Redskin drives alive. The Redskin defense allowed no scores in the second half. Dakota Boykin led the way, breaking up several passing plays.
Nick Williamson, Trip Chauret, Hayden Gentry and Mac Clark rushed the quarterback, forcing premature passes and timely sacks. Tommy Cerja made a huge stop on a third-and-one situation. J.T. Adams and Jacob Coxe lead the Cowboys' defense. Ryan Finn and Anderson Allgeyer connected for the Cowboy touchdown. Allgeyer and Finn teamed up on the two point conversion as well.
Panthers 24, Ravens 2: The Panther defense led the team to its sixth victory, improving its record to 6-0-1. Safety Christian Hiatt intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown. Hiatt now has six interceptions on the year, with five being returned for touchdowns. Tommy Vinson, Nick Kuzma, Wil Gilder and Cole Kirkpatrick also played outstanding defense for the Panthers. The Panther offense was led by quarterback Davis Byrd, who threw a touchdown pass to Cole Kirkpatrick. Parker Nelson had a rushing touchdown. Patrick Ballard and T.J. Raper also broke off long runs for the Panthers.
Vikings 40, Dolphins 12: The Vikings once again had a balanced offensive attack and a solid showing on defense to improve their record to 6-0. Evan "The Bus" Braswell rolled in for two touchdowns. Noah Thompson, Jacob Robins, Andrew Harmody and Orion "Big-O" Kamrowski-Poppen also rushed for touchdowns. Tyrese Kelly ran for a two-point conversion.
On defense, Andrew Harmody had a one-handed interception to set up the first Viking score. Also, Matthew Walters made a key stop for a safety. Caleb Hendrix and Garris Stokes had big games on both sides of the ball for the Vikings with some nice runs and several stops on defense.
Packers 20, Ravens 6: The Packers continued to show progress with their victory. On the offensive side of the ball, Nick Finnegan caught three touchdown passes. Two of the passes were thrown by Will Lassiter. The other was delivered by Pres Remington, which was his first touchdown pass of the season. Lassiter also threw for two extra-point conversions, both to Jordan Gray. Matthew Richter and Cameron Lunday contributed to the offense by playing their positions flawlessly.
The Packers' defense was difficult to move the ball against. While Jordan Gray led the way with 10 tackles, the entire defense showed great effort. In addition to Gray, the other starting defenders, Kyle Ehlers, Ian Johnson and Dylan Gray, did not give up any scores while their unit was on the field.
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