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PARIS, TEXAS — If you were to look at the box score from Friday night’s game between the North Lamar Panthers and the Commerce Tigers, you would probably assume North Lamar won the game. They dominated every statistical category possible. North Lamar had 23 first downs, opposed to 13 for Commerce. The Panthers had 421 total yards of offense to Commerce’s 335.
Even the penalties favored the North Lamar Panthers. North Lamar had nine penalties while Commerce was flagged 14 times. With numbers like these, it’s hard to imagine the Panthers lost 42-25 at R.L. Maddox Stadium.
Coming into the game, coach Tommy Felty had stressed that in order to win this ball game, they would have to “eliminate the mistakes.”
Unfortunately for the Panthers, and fortunately for the Tigers, North Lamar didn’t eliminate them. The two statistical categories that North Lamar didn’t dominate were the two that came back to hurt them – special teams and turnovers. A missed extra point on the second touchdown of the game caused the Panthers to chase points the rest of the night as they were forced to try two point conversions.
Trailing 14-7 with 11:03 in the second quarter, Senior quarterback Jacob Cowling rushed the ball into the end zone. The extra point was missed, however, leaving the score 14-13. Less than two minutes later, Cowling scampered for 71 yards and another Panther touchdown. At this point, coach Felty decided to go ahead and go for two rather than kick the extra point. The conversion was no good, leaving the Panthers with a 19-14 lead.
The Panthers also had three turnovers in the game – two fumbles and one interception. It was one of those fumbles, though, that was quite costly. In the fourth quarter, with less then five minutes to play, North Lamar trailed 28-25. The Panthers had the ball and were hoping to take the lead. They had taken the ball over at their own 22 yard line and marched 68 yards. Facing a fourth down and short from the 10 yard line, North Lamar quarterback Jacob Cowling fumbled the ball. The ball was then picked up by DeMarcus Denson of the Tigers and carried 90 yards for the touchdown.
Although North Lamar ran the ball well, they struggled with the passing game. For the most part, Cowling did his part as he put the ball in the right place for the receivers to make a play. They just didn’t make the catches. Cowling finished one for 11 in the passing game, but at least six of those passes were dropped by receivers.
Felty and the coaching staff don’t have a lot of time to worry about this loss. The Panthers have another team to start preparing for next week as they will travel to Bonham to face the Warriors.