Jordan blanked at Panther Creek
On Friday, the Jordan High School’s football team’s opponent played in a place dubbed Catamount Chaos Stadium.
Yet in its 24-0 loss to Cary Panther Creek, Jordan’s offense was thoroughly tamed.
“We want to get the ball in the hands of our best players,” coach LaDwaun Harrison said. “Tonight, we struggled with that.”
From the start, it was a sloppy game for the Falcons as they allowed Dallas Hancock to return the opening kick off 40 yards. Notwithstanding the kickoff mishap, the Falcons appeared ready to stop the Catamounts’ opening drive, forcing a fourth-and-13 conversion attempt.
The Falcons folded. Brenden Magner connected with Tre’ Sullivan for a 36-yard touchdown pass to complete a four-play drive and give the Catamounts a 7-0 lead.
Although Jordan trailed 17-0 at halftime, it could have been worse.
After a blocked punt, the Catamounts started a drive on the Falcons’ 24-yard line early in the second quarter. But Chris Smith came up big with an interception for the Falcons, giving them the ball with 7:54 left in the half.
The Falcons again failed to come away from an offensive possession with any points. They had six offensive plays, advancing the ball to the Catamounts’ 46-yard line before they were forced to punt.
Jordan accumulated only 52 offensive yards in the first half. Panther Creek was successful stopping the run-oriented Falcons offense by playing as many as six defensive players on the line.
Later in the half, the Falcons changed tactics, switching to a spread offense.
When asked if the move was an attempt to spread the defense, Harrison said: “We tried to. We hit some things, but not consistently. We couldn’t sustain drives and couldn’t get it all together.”
Rahim Winston led the Falcons with 57 yards on 13 carries.
Clayton Cockerham intercepted the ball on the Catamount 25-yard line for the Falcons with 7:51 left in the third quarter. Jordan advanced the ball to the 8-yard line before turning the ball over on downs.
It was as close as the Falcons’ offense would come to putting points on the board.
Panther Creek 24, Jordan 0
Jordan|0|0|0|0 – 0
Panther Creek|7|10|0|7 – 24
PC – Tre’ Sullivan 36 pass from Brenden Magner (Phillip Stone kick), 10:56
PC – Dorrel McClain 23 run (Stone kick), 3:10
PC – Stone 30 FG, 0:25.
PC – McClain 30 run (Stone kick), 9:51
Jordan – Rahim Winston 13-57, Chris McKinnis 9-9. Panther Creek – McClain 19-81, Dyshun Skeen 13.
Jordan – Jordan Simmons 12-23-0-72. Panther Creek – Brenden Magner 13-21-2-195.
Jordan – Picasso Keaton 4-30. Panther Creek – Andre Payne 4-82, Tre’ Sullivan 3-72.
Records: Jordan 1-3, Panther Creek 2-1.