Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Panthers Take One Win from Third Week of Competition

For the first two weeks of Middle School competition in Canton, the Panthers were on a tear, taking nearly perfect weekends each time and putting up impressive scores. This past weekend they suffered a reversal of fortunes as the team traveled to Weis Park. The Panthers went 1-2 on the day, moving their overall season record to 5-4.

The Panthers' first match was against the combined Oakwood-Hartford squad, with the team in green getting the win and scoring 26 points in the process. The Panthers ran in a try during the match and got the conversion kick to bring their score to seven points. Unfortunately for them, that is where their scoring stopped. The first game's result came don to execution; the Panthers didn't execute and Oakwood-Hartfood took advantage.

"We had a couple of miscues today," said Panthers Head Coach Jason Doyle,

The Panthers turned it around in their second match against Dover. They were able to put up a convincing 33 points during the match. The Dover Reds crossed over the whitewash for a five-pointer but were unable to convert on the kick.

"Our boys played hard and got some good things going in the second game," Doyle said. "Each week, and each game, they learn a little more about the game of rugby and become better players."

With their win in the second match, the Panthers were set up to have a rematch against their competition from the day's first match. The second match went the way of the combined side again; and the results were essentially the same. The team in green put up 19 points in the day's closing match, compared to the Panthers' seven.

The dual-loss day was an uncharacteristic result for the Panthers but shows promise for future fixtures. A rivalry could be forming between the two Panthers and Oakwood-Hartford. The combined side handed the Panthers their losses over the weekend and have consistently gotten in the way of the Panthers in the past. According to Doyle, he is excited to continue coaching his team and see how they continue to develop on and off the field.

Scoring tries over the weekend were Cody Ellis, Mason Fiegly, Jake Doyle and John Haren. Kyle Griffith, Carter Varner, Tanyon Fick and Damian Kuemerle assisted with conversion kicks.

The Panthers will look to reverse their fortunes and avenge their losses Friday, March 1, down in Dover. The first match starts at 5:30pm. According to Doyle, the Panthers will be giving back to the community as they head to Edison Middle School for a lawn clean-up service day on Wednesday, April 29.

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