The Portland Panthers dropped to 1-4 after Friday night’s disappointing 21-0 loss at West Creek. The shutout loss marks the second time the Panthers have failed to score any points in a game.
“We are having a hard time overcoming mistakes,” Portland coach Greg Cavanah said after the game. “They were a little faster than we anticipated, but we were able to get in front of the chains plenty of times. Unfortunately, every time would have a second-and-5, we would shoot ourselves in the foot with either a bad snap or a penalty.”
West Creek led 7-0 at the half, but two big runs in the second half ultimately did the Panthers in, as they dropped the non-region contest for their second loss in a row.
“We hurt ourselves tonight; we can’t overcome our mistakes,” Cavanah said. “It was a slober-knocker of a football game, and the effort was there by our guys, we just couldn’t get out of our own way.”
The Panthers defense forced four turnovers, but couldn’t capitalize on any of them. The worst of which was having the ball inside the Creek Wood 30-yard line, only to go backwards and give the football back on a turnover-on-downs.
“What can I say other than it’s disappointing,” Cavanah stated. “They do a great job of running the option on offense and that was the ball game. Disappointing to be sitting at 1-4 right now.”
The Panthers will try and bounce back next week when they travel to region-foe White House Heritage. The Patriots are looking for their first win of the season and Cavanah knows his team will be in for a good ball game.
“We haven’t beaten them yet and I sure would like to,” he said. “Should be a heck of a ball game. Hunter Hicks does a good job with his kids, but until we start scoring we can’t put W’s in the win column – we have to quit shooting ourselves in the foot like we did all night tonight.”
Kickoff in White House is set for 7:00 p.m. at J.C. Escue Sports Complex.