Only a few days after the local high schools held their varsity rivalry football game the Panthers and Bulldogs went back at it again. This time it was the Claiborne Bulldogs versus the Cumberland Gap Panthers in junior varsity play.
The Panthers loaded their bus and traveled to Claiborne High School for this glance into the future rivalry meetings between the two schools. The weather was great despite the temperatures hovering around the high eighties but low humidity kept the weather feeling cooler than it had felt days before.
The Panthers and Bulldogs traded possessions for the first part of the opening quarter but on the Panthers’ next drive their offense began showing some promise. They would eventually place the first touchdown on the scoreboard and would add another later on in the first half.
The Panthers took a 14-0 lead into the halftime break.
Claiborne’s offense could move the ball at times but that was basically only rushing the ball. Their passing came on a little towards the end of the game but they never found the end zone. The Bulldogs’ defense shut the Panthers scoring down in the second half but the points on offense simply did not come.
At the end of the junior varsity game, the Panthers had something to be proud of; a 14-0 shut out win over their rival. After the game the Panthers’ coaching staff said, “It was good for this team to have enough to get this win; It’s good for their confidence moving forward.”
Reach Allen Earl at 423-254-5588 or on Twitter @pitchadude.