By Curtis Marlin
The Portland football team lost to host West Creek 21-0 last Friday evening in Clarksville.
For the second week in a row, the Panthers faced a quick defense and had trouble generating any offense. The Purple had 12 possessions for the night and seven ended in punts while two were stopped on turnovers.
“West Creek was quick on defense,” coach Greg Cavanah said afterwards. “They had speed on the corners.”
“We shot ourselves in the foot and we need to learn to throw the football away when under pressure,” Cavanah said about the offense. “We need to play smarter football.”
West Creek complied 316 yards in total offense and relied on a pair of big plays to score two of their touchdowns.
The Panther defense recorded 12 tackles that went for negative yardage.
“Our defense continues to play hard,” Cavanah said.
The Coyotes scored once in the first quarter and added one in each of the final two periods.
Marquel Dobbs scored the opening touchdown on a 7-yard run and Jaylen Hooiser motored 65 yards for the second. Chris Parson finished off the scoring by blasting 33 yards to the end zone.
“We missed tackles on their first touchdown,” Cavanah said. “We missed an assignment on the second score and had a player out of position on their last touchdown. They have a lot of speed and run the option well. The quarterback does a good job of reading the defense.”
Portland’s offense had six first halves drives with five ending on punts and another after committing a turnover.
The Purple did cross the midfield stripe once in the opening 24 minutes. In the second half, the Panthers made it to the Coyote 44-yard stripe twice and their best field position came late in the third quarter.
After being pinned deep in their territory by a Drake Vanatta punt, the Coyotes were forced to kick from their own end zone after a three and out series and the Panthers had the football at the West Creek 28. Noah Horn carried for six yards to the 23.
But three more running plays produced negative yardage and the Purple turned the football over on downs.
Jackson Webb had an interception off a Zach Brito deflection for the Purple while sophomore Kaleb Allen came up with a pick and a fumble recovery in the contest.
The Panthers travel to White House Heritage this Friday for a big region contest with the Patriots.