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Second-quarter turnovers send K-P to loss

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

K-P fullback Dexter Mahrt finds an opening in the M-M-C defense Friday during the Panthers' 37-0 loss to the Eagles.
(Sentinel photo by Roy Tucker)
A disastrous stretch in the second quarter proved Kingsley-Pierson's downfall Friday night in Marcus as host Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn walked away with a 37-0 win over the visiting Panthers in Class A District 1 football action.

The Panthers got off to a shaky start as the Eagles blocked a punt to take over inside the K-P 30-yard line, but the defense held. That defensive stand would be the highlight of the night for the Panthers, however, as M-M-C scored once in the first quarter and again to open the second.

"We were on our heels from the start," said K-P coach Bart Boustead. "We felt lucky to get out of the first quarter down 7-0, but they scored their second touchdown two plays into the second quarter."

And then the Panthers came unraveled. K-P turned the ball over four times in the second quarter - three on consecutive possessions inside its own 30-yard line - and Marcus took advantage of the short fields, running the score to 30-0 by halftime.

"It's the same story, different week," said Boustead. "We're putting ourselves in incredibly difficult positions with short fields in the wrong direction. We just have to stop making mistakes. It's that simple. We're killing ourselves offensively with fumbles and interceptions and we have to overcome that if we're going to win some ballgames this year."

K-P's best opportunity to end the shut out came in the third quarter as the Panthers had 1st-and-10 on the M-M-C 17-yard line. But after a penalty and plays for no gain, K-P turned the ball over on downs and would not threaten the rest of the night.

The Panthers had 160 yards of total offense compared to 291 for M-M-C, hampered by four turnovers that turned into several quick scores for the Eagles.

"It seems like every time someone makes a big play on us or we turn the ball over, the next play we're taking off and they're able to bust a long play or make a big run," said Boustead. "We have to be able to mentally overcome challenged. We're just not doing that right now."

Quarterback Kirby Washburn was 5 of 12 passing for 80 yards and two interceptions on the night. Washburn did not attempt a pass in the Panthers' 21-0 loss to IKM last week, but was forced into action as K-P fell behind quickly Friday.

"We had to pass. We were down 14-0 right away and when you're down 30-0 at the half, you have to try and make something happen," said Boustead. "Unfortunately it cost us with interceptions and things like that. It's been the case in three out of our first four games - we've turned the ball over in times when we can't afford to."

Isaiah Corbin caught four Washburn passes for 72 yards and added 32 yards on 10 carries to lead K-P offensively. Dexter Mahrt rushed nine times for 66 yards, while Ben Rager had one reception for eight yards.

Chace Koskovich did his best to keep K-P in the game on the defensive side with 11 solo and 11 assisted tackles, recording one sack for a nine-yard loss. Corbin had four tackles as well.

The Panthers are now 0-4 on the season and 0-3 in district play heading into a Friday homecoming match up with Westwood. Boustead said that the season is not lost at this point, but the chances for K-P to turn the corner are running out.

"We're at a point where it's up to the guys to kind of take the next step and decide how bad they really want it," said Boustead. "We just can't get down mentally on ourselves, because we can still go out and have a winning season yet."

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