Panthers’ rally falls short

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

September 15, 2013

The LaGrange College Panthers made things interesting.

Trailing by 14 points early in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game against homestanding Millsaps (Miss.), the Panthers ran off 10 straight points to get within four, but they were unable to complete the comeback.

Millsaps held on for a 28-24 victory to improve to 2-0, while LaGrange College fell to 0-2.

The Panthers are off this week, and they’ll return to the field on Sept. 28 for a home game against Greensboro.

It will be LaGrange College’s USA South opener.

The Panthers found themselves in a 28-14 hole on Saturday after the Majors scored a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

The Panthers responded with a nine-play, 63-yard drive that ended with a 30-yard field goal from Will Jeffcoat.

That drive was highlighted by a 57-yard completion from Graham Craig to Ervens Oge.

When the Panthers got the ball back, they needed just four plays to find the end zone and get within four.

The Panthers went 65 yards in just 54 seconds, with Graham finding Korey Schick for a 38-yard touchdown, and Jeffcoat’s extra point made it a 28-24 game with 7:06 remaining.

The Panthers got the ball twice more in the closing minutes, but they were forced to punt the first time, and they lost a fumble on their final possession.

Millsaps got the ball for the final time with 1:38 left, and it picked up one first down and was able to run out the clock.

Craig had a second straight big game for the Panthers, throwing for 314 yards with a pair of touchdowns.

Oge, a freshman receiver, had five catches for 132 yards with a touchdown, and Ed Russ and Griffin Reolle each had three catches, with Reolle scoring a touchdown.

Defensively, Connor McNamee led the Panthers with seven tackles, and he also had a fumble recovery.

Brandon Penn had six tackles with an interception, and Nick Raszeja and Justin McIntyre also had six tackles.

Andre Carter had five tackles and an interception.

The Panthers struck first in the game, with Oge recovering a fumble in the end zone to cap a nine-play, 62-yard drive.

The Majors scored the next three touchdowns to take a 21-7 lead at the half.

The Panthers got back on the scoreboard early in the third quarter, with Reolle catching a 30-yard touchdown pass from Craig.

Millsaps responded with a touchdown to go up by 14 before LaGrange’s final rally.