In a game that resulted in the Panther defense giving up the fewest points the scoreboard has seen since their win against Madison, the offense didn’t have the power to keep up, and Jennings County suffered its seventh loss of the season to Floyd Central, 28-3.
“The game did not go as planned,” noted interim head coach Justin Baldwin. “We struggled to catch the ball in key moments, along with penalties at crucial times, that killed offensive drives, keeping us from the end zone.”
The only points scored offensively came from the foot of Ian Sawyer in the second quarter on a 30 yard field goal.
The highlight for the Panther defense was the third quarter, when the Panther defense shutout the Highlander offense, a feat that Jennings County can be proud of.
The Panthers had 177 total yards of offense, with only six yards not being impacted by senior Peyton Hayden. Hayden was 13/22 for 91 yards in the air, and ran the ball 21 times for 80 yards. Both Sam Burkman and Cole Marksberry had over 35 yards receiving, with Sam having 44 and Cole 38.
Marksberry also had a standout performance on the other side of the ball, racking up a total of 14 tackles, seven solo and seven assists. Blaine Ison added four solo and seven assists, and Matt Hines added nine total tackles. The only sack of the game came from Jake Sturgeon.
Marksberry was named the Panther Player of the Game by the team at 97.7 KORN for his impressive punting performance. Cole punted four times, averaging 38 yards, with his longed being 44 yards. He also had a punt that pinned the Highlanders inside their 20 yard line.
Marksberry was also named the defensive player of the game and Sturgeon had the sack of the game.
The Panthers now look to take the long drive south again, this time to Jeffersonville High School. The Red Devils find themselves in a rare bad season, only having two wins to their name and one win in conference against Seymour. Last year’s game against Jeffersonville resulted in a 41-14 loss, and the last Panther victory came back in 2010 in a 65-41 victory.
“We have to stop the run,” Baldwin said. “They have a strong running back that carries their team. We are looking to jump back on track with offense and move the ball like we did against Seymour.”
The final regular season game for the Panthers is set to get underway at 7:00 p.m. this Friday, October 15. Follow the Plain Dealer and Sun Sports pages on Facebook and Twitter for live updates, or tune into 97.7 or 1460 KORN to hear the broadcast.