Despite committing seven turnovers against Manning Friday night, the Lake City Panthers scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns and had an opportunity to tie the game but missed an extra point attempt and fell to the Monarchs 14-13.
Manning scored two first-half touchdowns off Panther turnovers and led 14-0 at the half. The Panthers scored on a Jalen Barr punt return in the second quarter, but the touchdown was negated by a penalty.
Lake City’s defense kept the Panthers in the game during the second half, not allowing Manning a first down in the final two quarters. Not factoring in Manning’s offensive penalties, Lake City’s defense held the Monarchs to just 18 yards of offense for the game.
Defensively, the Panthers were led by Terquan Rush with 16 tackles and ½ sack, Matt Cooper with 10 tackles, Juwuan McDowell with seven tackles and a sack, and Justin Clary with six tackles and ½ sack.
Lake City receiver Rick Turner caught seven passes for 98 yards, most of which came on the Panthers’ first scoring drive with under five minutes remaining in the game. Quarterback Chris Burnette connected with running back TyShawn Baines for Lake City’s second score.
Burnette was 10-30 passing for 176 yards. Baines rushed for 67 yards on 11 carries.
Lake City (2-1) will host Kingstree on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
All photos courtesy of Mr. Brian Huckabee