The Powell Valley area became an unhappy valley Oct. 21 as the Happy Valley Warriors came into town and ran away with an impressive 59-0 victory over the Cumberland Gap Panthers.
The 2-6 Panthers came into this game knowing that they were facing a complete team. The Warriors came in with only one loss and seven wins. The Panthers got behind early and could not get their offense on track enough to get scores on the board. Sage Haun, Austin Hicks, Dakota Cochran and others combined efforts for the Warriors. They led the game at the half 46-0.
The second half featured a running clock due to the score and Happy Valley only scored two more touchdowns but the Panthers offense simply did not find their stride and finished the game without scoring, falling to the Warriors 59-0.
Bryce Rogers played well on defense and Gage Ellison led the Panthers’ offense as he rushed for nearly 100 yards. He ended the game with 84 yards. Mistakes hurt the Panthers as the first drive of the third quarter ended in a fumble which was picked up and returned for a touchdown by Happy Valley.
The Panthers’ next opponent is another great one as Hampton hosts the Panthers. The Bulldogs are also 8-1 on the season and 5-1 in league play. Cumberland Gap is now 2-7 overall on the season and 1-5 in league play.
The Panthers are still a learning football team even this late in the season but changes in system and culture often do not happen overnight.
Reach Allen Earl at 423-254-5588 or on Twitter @pitchadude.