KNOB NOSTER — Down by two before a long delay due to lightning, the Knob Noster Panthers could not stick with Carrollton once the game resumed, falling 38-14 on Friday.
The game began an hour early due to concerns about severe weather and a lightning strike forced teams off the field shortly after 7 p.m. and play did not resume for almost two hours.
Once the teams got back on the field, Carrollton marched down the field in two plays as Luke Staton scored from 30 yards out. Tyson Thomas and Chase Cooper added touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Staton gained 127 yards on the ground. Sean Puffpaff gained 99 and Cooper added 85.
“They were running what they run really well,” said Panthers coach Richard Villigram. “We just have to be more alignment and assignment sound and better at securing tackles.”
The Panthers defense stopped Carrollton on its first three possessions on fourth down before Shawn Knapp came up with an interception to end the fourth drive and a fumble recovery to end the fifth.
The Trojans eventually got the offense in gear in the second quarter. Puffpaff raced 65 yards up the right sideline for a touchdown to put Carrollton ahead. On the next Trojan drive, Tanner Sarbaugh scored from nine yards out. The two-point conversion put Carrollton up 16-0.
The Trojans appeared to be on the verge of adding to the lead with 12 seconds left in the half before Matt Walsh stepped in front of a pass and raced 65 yards the other way for a pick-six to make it 16-7 at halftime.
The Panthers opened the second half with the ball and Darryl Davis scored on a 61-yard run up the left side to cut the lead to 16-14 before a long lightning delay. Davis finished the game with 103 yards.
Knob Noster’s offense struggled early. The first six Panther drives resulted in a lost fumble and five three-and-outs. Three Knob Noster drives lost yardage.
Late in the second quarter, the Panthers began to gain yards. They reached the Carrollton 40 late in the second quarter before a fumble ended the drive.
“Offensively we were finally figuring out where they were lining up and what they were trying to do and we were able to block them correctly and open up some holes,” Villigram said.
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