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September 17, 2013
SWEET HOME - Looking to put the past behind them, the Panthers went to Sweet Home Friday and by limiting their mistakes along with clutch fourth quarter play - they overtook Sweet Home 20-19.
It wasn't without the same adversity they have faced all season. Their one turnover, a fumble by quarterback Ben Finnegan, was returned for a touchdown to put the Panthers down 13-0 going into halftime.
"We didn't have to make a lot of adjustments at halftime; the players were trying their best, but sometimes when you are working so hard you forget about the little things," Central coach Shane Hedrick said.
In the third quarter the Panther offense came alive as Wes Riddell found the end zone, ending their six quarter scoreless drought. Riddell finished with 100 yards on 19 carries.
Finnegan found some redemption when he hit Colby Jackson for a three-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth to tie the game at 13-13. Sweet Home answered, taking the lead back 19-13, but Finnegan found Aaron Hobgood for a 41-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth as the Panthers converted the extra-point to take home the victory.
Finnegan finished with 14 completions on 23 attempts for 161 yards and two touchdowns and, most importantly, zero interceptions.
"We just have to work on being more fundamentally sound as we go forward," Hedrick said. "We still have some problems with the center-quarterback exchange to clean up and have to make sure the offensive line knows where they need to be. If we can get that fixed we can continue improving."
SILVERTON - Carrying their momentum of a big home win against Central, the Dallas football team traveled to highly ranked Silverton to face its first conference opponent.
The Dragons stuck with them the Foxes in the first half behind the running attack of David Rebischke (17 carries, 75 yards) and Tim Smothers (12 carries, 66 yards), who played in his first game back from an eligibility suspension.
The 7-7 halftime tie was quickly busted open when Silverton returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown. The Foxes then scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter, putting the game out of reach with a final of 38-7.
"We played a good 30 minutes, ran the ball well, and played solid defense, but just lost the momentum opening up the second half," Dallas coach Tracy Jackson said.
"We were able to keep an all-conference quarterback (Cole Chandler) to a low percentage of completions and I felt like that was a victory for our secondary," he added.
Ryan Spencer continued to play well, and last week it was on special teams, returning five punts for 212 yards.