The Cumberland Gap Panthers traveled to North Greene Sept. 16 to battle the Huskies. The teams both needed wins and the Panthers were ready to give their all in the attempt of victory. The Huskies had a little more in the tank and in depth that helped them get the win at 30-14.
Panthers’ Head Coach DeLynn Cline feared from the start of practice that in tight games his team may struggle during the second half of games. A couple nagging injuries did not help the Panthers but during the first quarter they kept pace with the Huskies.
During the second quarter, the playbooks opened up and the coaches dialed up the offense. Both teams got scores during the second. Preston England ran in the first touchdown of the night for the Panthers followed up by a Nich Neverstitch point after. The Huskies scored a touchdown plus added a field goal to lead 10-7 at the halftime break.
The second half was a rough one for Cumberland Gap players and fans as the visiting Panthers gave up 20 points while scoring only seven. The lone second half touchdown was scored by Jacob Bullins and Neverstitch was true again on the point after.
The Huskies went on to defeat the Panthers 30-14 and improved their overall record to 2-3 and 1-1 in league play.
The Cumberland Gap Panthers record dropped to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in league play. The Panthers will reorganize their resources and prepare for a Sept. 23 battle with Pineville, Kentucky. Pineville is 1-3 overall on the season.
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