Sep 29, 2012
With less than four minutes having run off the clock on Friday night, the Panther Creek-Middle Creek game was postponed until Saturday due to lightning.
In a soggy game, Middle Creek had to survive a Panther Creek comeback as the Mustangs took the 35-26 win.
When the game was restarted with 8:01 left in the first quarter, Middle Creek had the ball on the Panther Creek 34-yard line and a 7-0 lead.
The Mustangs added to that lead in a hurry. Naylaan Lopez broke a short touchdown run to put the Mustangs up 14-0, then a pass over the top from David Salmon to Quinton Ray gave Middle Creek a 21-0 lead.
Panther Creek finally got on the board when Dorrel McClain took a hand-off up the middle for a score. The extra point failed, and Panther Creek trailed 21-6.
But the Catamounts cut the Middle Creek lead to 28-20 going into halftime, and that score held until the fourth quarter.
Panther Creek started a drive in the final quarter behind the running of David Myaka and a big pass from Brenden Magner to Andre Payne. The drive ended in a 2-yard touchdown run by Myaka, cutting the Middle Creek lead to 28-26.
The Catamounts could have tied the game with a two-point conversion, but Magner was sacked on the attempt.
On Middle Creek's ensuing possession, Salmon scored on a 12-yard quarterback keeper to put the game out of reach.
Panther Creek (1-6, 1-4 Tri-Nine) will host Lee County next week, while Middle Creek (6-1, 4-0 Tri-Nine) travels to Green Hope. The Mustangs are in sole possession of first place in the Tri-Nine Conference and are still in the running for an overall No. 1 seed in the state playoffs.
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