Hurting Panthers fall to Ft. Madison
FT. MADISON — Down a number of injured players, the Mt. Pleasant football team struggled to get back into an offensive rhythm and came up short in its efforts to spoil Ft. Madison’s homecoming game on Friday. The Panthers fell by a score of 16-0.
Running back Josh Larson, lineman Alec Skubal and defensive back Tony Cristoforo are all out for the season due to injuries, and the Panthers are struggling to fill the gaps.
“The kids are tough and they’re giving 100 percent, but our lack of depth is coming to haunt us,” Coach Shawn Striegel said.
Players have been moved around, but its not easy to adjust to a new position, or to move from JV to varsity, Striegel noted.
The Panthers also played Friday night’s game without Jackson Kelley.
“We were hurting really bad without Jackson Kelley’s leadership on the line,” Striegel said. “Our offensive line was definitely struggling; it was a big blow.”
Striegel said that Kelley should be back in the lineup for Friday's game.
A bright spot in the game against Ft. Madison was the Panther defense, which allowed just two touchdowns — both were in the first half, and one was after an early fumble on the Mt. Pleasant 35-yard line. The Bloodhounds also scored on a safety in the second half.
Offensively for Mt. Pleasant, Amos completed two of five passes for 43 yards in the air.
Spencer White had a 29-yard reception and Blake Knudsen made a 14-yard catch.
On the ground, Carson Remick ran 12 times and picked up 49 net yards (4.1 yards per carry). Justin Dilks gained 16 yards on six carries (2.7 yards per carry).
The Panthers punted four times; Ben Canby averaged 42.3 yards per punt.
Remick was the Panther leader on defense with 15 tackles in the game.
Beau Parkevich had 14 tackles, Austin Smith made 12 tackles, and Keegan Pullis had 11.
“Parkevich was everywhere we asked him to be, and I am absolutely excited about how he played,” Striegel said. “There are some great things happening with kids stepping up, but they’re not excited about that — they want a win.”
They will get their next chance at Friday’s homecoming game against Centerville. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.