Thursday, June 19, 2014 —
The Stanly County Panthers semi-pro football team had not played a game at Webb Field in Albemarle since Oct. 6, 2012, when the team lost 12-6 to the Richmond County Golden Bears in what would be the team’s final regular-season came in the Central Carolina Football League.
Joining a new league and sporting a new head coach and general manager, the Panthers returned to Webb Field on a hot Saturday afternoon to face the Anson MPact in the Panthers’ first game in the three-year old Carolina Elite Football Alliance.
Stanly’s offense struggled to move the football and two turnovers led to points for the visitors in a 20-0 home loss to the MPact.
After Stanly went three-and-out to start the game, Anson returned a punt to the Stanly 33. Four plays later, quarterback Mark McRae dove in from one yard out to put the MPact up 6-0.
Stanly then went on a 15-play drive that lasted into the second quarter, but a fumble at the Anson 32 ended the threat.
The visitors then drove 68 yards in nine plays for a touchdown as Tony Wilson scored on a perfectly timed pass from McRae. A two-point conversion put the MPact up 14-0.
Anson scored on the second play of the second half as Wilson and McRae connected for a 79-yard touchdown pass for a 20-0 score.
“We were not prepared,” Stanly head coach Shaun Gaines said.
“We had more talent, but (Anson) played more together as a team. We have to put more work in.”
Stanly County (0-1) will travel to J.T. Williams Middle School in Charlotte on Saturday to face the Carolina Gators, who lost 24-0 to the Greenville Seminoles last Saturday.
A 6 8 6 0 20
SC 0 0 0 0 0
A – Mark McRae 1 run (kick failed), 7:00, 1st
A – Tony Wilson 14 pass from McRae (2-pt. conv. good), :35, 2nd
A – Wilson 79 pass from McRae, 14:00, 3rd
Rushing 8-44 15-15
Passing 120 45
C-A-I 4-8-0 6-10-1
Penalties 10-100 3-20
Fum. Lst. 1 1