Catamounts Ground Falcons in 24-0 Victory


WRAL's Football Friday with Tom Suiter

Caleb Lawrence, Staff Reporter, Sports

Despite such a strong outing by the defense, the Catamount offense would not be overshadowed Friday night. Led by junior quarterback Brendan Magner and senior running back Dorel McClain, the Panther Creek offense earned an impressive twenty-four points on the Falcon defense. The first score of the night would come on the opening drive when Magner connected with junior wide receiver, Tre Sullivan, for a 36-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to put the Catamounts up 7-0. Magner would rack up 200 passing yards and one touchdown to finish the game.

Later in the second quarter a 23-yard pass from Magner to McClain reignited the offense, leading to a 23-yard touchdown scamper by McClain to stretch the lead out to 14-0. McClain, who has been one of Panther Creek’s top and most consistent performers this season, tallied eighty rushing yards and two touchdowns on the night. It wasn’t long before the Catamounts would strike again, as Magner connected with senior wide receiver Andre Payne for a 32-yard gain, which set up a 29-yard field goal by junior kicker Philip Stone.

The Catamounts burst out to a strong start in the third quarter as McClain juked his way to a 30-yard touchdown. The Jordan defense could only watch what proved to be the dagger as the Catamounts gave themselves a comfortable 24-0 lead. The defense reclaimed the spotlight after the score, stopping the Falcon offense on every try. Jordan’s best chance to end the scoring drought came after a Panther Creek turnover. In the shadow of their own goal post, the defense held their ground and put the ball back in the hands of the offense.

After two consecutive dominant performances, Panther Creek sets its sights on its next opponent – Leesville Road – when they travel to challenge against the statewide-known CAP-8 competitor on Friday, September 20. This will be the fourth consecutive game in an out-of-conference agreement between the Catamounts and the Pride. Leesville Road enters the game with an undefeated record of 3-0 and is ranked tenth in the North Carolina 4-A state rankings, according to WRAL’s High School OT.

PCNN File Photo Taken By Celine Powell