The Pelion Panther football program couldn’t over come turnovers to top Wagener-Salley Friday night. The WarEagles took advantage of several turnovers by the Panther offense to score or stop drives where the Panthers looked to score and close the gap.
The WarEagles jumped out to a quick 16-0 lead in the first quarter as long runs facilitated by their wing offense threw the defense off early in the game. The defense of the Panthers would tighten for the remainder the game, not allowing another touchdown for the next 3 quarters.
The Panther offense was stifled early, as they looked to get running back Jeremiah Green and receiver Dayrun Keith involved early. But the WarEagle defense was stingy in the first half.
The Offense would allow another score on a fumble return for a touchdown that would give the WarEagles a 22-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Pelion offense would finally get going with 6:48 left in quarter number 2 as Jeremiah Green plows into the end zone from 4 yards out cutting the Wagner-Salley lead to 22-6 after a failed 2pt conversion. That touchdown was set up by a great jump ball catch by receiver Dayrun Keith over a Wagner-Salley defender.
Pelion would add one more TD rush by Green to cut the Wagner lead to 22-12 at the half. It became a defensive football game in the second half as both defenses were stingy. During a key stop for the WarEagles defense, the Panthers had the ball at the 2 yard line and failed to get the ball in, to cut the score much closer that a 10 point lead.
The War-Eagles would add one more final score late in the game to seal it off of another Panther turnover to win 30-12.
The Panthers will travel to Barnwell to face the Warhorses in the first away game of the season. Kick-off is set for 7:30pm.