Sunday, June 22, 2014 —
The first road game of the 2014 season for the Stanly County Panthers saw the local squad travel to J.T. Williams Middle School in Charlotte on a hot Saturday afternoon to face the Carolina Gators, who were themselves coming off a loss in the first week.
Defense was the word of the game for both teams as the Panthers got a defensive touchdown that proved to be the difference in a low-scoring 6-2 win over the Gators.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Panthers had the Gators’ pinned inside the Carolina 10-yard line in the second frame. Teddy Allen picked off a pass for the Gators (0-2) and returned the ball eight yards for the game’s only touchdown.
The only points surrendered by Stanly County (1-1) came at the end of the third quarter when the Panthers had the ball deep in Stanly territory. An errant snap went over the head Panther quarterback Chris Allen, who fell on it in the endzone for a safety.
Stanly’s defense had a solid game, according to head coach Shaun Gaines. The Panthers created three turnovers, including a forced fumble and two interceptions. Bobby Davis had the other Panthers’ interception. The Panthers also had four quarterback sacks, with James Snow leading the way with two sacks.
“Our defense carried us,” Gaines said.
“Offensively we did not do much; we had too many dropped passes.”
Stanly will go on the road Saturday to face the Thomasville Titans (0-2), who lost 31-0 to Greenville.
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