MORRISVILLE — Panther Creek’s defense grabbed its second shutout in three games Friday night, leading coach Sean Crocker’s team to a 24-0 win over Durham Jordan.
Panther Creek’s (2-1) offense was strong; it got a solid ground game from senior runningback Dorrel McClain (83 yards, two touchdowns), and junior quarterback Brenden Magner threw for a touchdown and 200 yards.
But it was the Catamount defense that stopped the Falcons, holding the team to 127 total yards on the night and allowing them only two first downs in the first half.
“We’ve got a real experienced group on defense and they bail us out a lot. We depend on them,” Crocker said. “They’ve done a good job all season.”
In the third quarter, a Falcons’ interception by Clayton Cockerman gave his team the ball on the Catamounts’ 25. Jordan got inside the 10, but Panther Creek safety Jordan Betts broke up a fourth down pass play to kill Jordan’s best scoring chance.
Crocker saw several defenders stand out in the win.
“J.T. Wise had another big game on the line, linebacker Terrence Laster, corner Juwan Byrd was real solid,” Crocker said. “Matt Powell has been steady for us for two years here at middle linebacker. Rony Nasrallah showed up big tonight at defensive end.”
Dallas Hancock got the Catamounts off to a big start with a 41-yard return on the opening kickoff which led to a 36-yard touchdown pass from Magner to Tre Sullivan.
McClain scored on a 23-yard run and Philip Stone kicked a 30-yard field goal for a 17-0 halfime Panther Creek lead. McClain added a 30-yard scoring run in the fourth period.
For Jordan coach LaDwaun Harrison, it was another frustrating night for his offense, as his team fell to 1-3.
“Our defense has really come along, played well, but once again we just can’t get the consistency or sustain enough offensively,” Harrison said.