Panthers fall to Lewis Palmer 43-0

Mac McClintock, Editor

The Woodland Park Panthers season ended in a less than spectacular fashion as they fell to Lewis Palmer. The Panthers started the day with three quick plays and looked like they would be forced to punt, but then Woodland Park got a little bold and faked the punt. It looked like Woodland Park would actually pick up the first down on the fake, that was of course until the Panthers fumbled the ball and gave it to Lewis Palmer. The Rangers would promptly drive down the field in a hurry and score, taking a 7-0 lead. Then on Woodland Park’s next drive they would fumble and give it back to the Rangers. Lewis Palmer once again drove down the field and scored another touchdown making it 14-0.

The theme of the first quarter would carry over to the second half. Woodland Park started the quarter with the ball and then immediately fumbled and gave the ball to Lewis Palmer already in striking distance. Lewis Palmer quickly capitalized on the great field position and scored another touchdown and converted on the two point play after the score. So the score was now 22-0. Woodland Park would then started their next drive close to their end zone and would lose yards on three consecutive plays. Then when the punter was brought out to punt the ball away, it was blocked. The Rangers would pick the ball up in the end zone and score yet another touchdown. That would make the score 29-0. Woodland Park tried one more time to get something going on offense before halftime, but then senior quarterback Christian Cox would throw an interception that would be returned for a touchdown making the score 36-0 going into halftime.

The second half was rather boring. There were no scores in the third quarter. The only points of the second half came with less than five minutes left in the game when Lewis Palmer pitched the ball out left and had an easy ten yard touchdown run. That would basically be the end of the game as the running clock would quickly end the game. The final score was 43-0 Lewis Palmer.

Lewis Palmer improved their already impressive record to 9-1 and will be hoping to get a wild card spot and another shot to take down Discovery Canyon, and of all the teams Woodland Park played this year the Rangers do have the best chance to beat Discovery Canyon.

As far as Woodland Park goes, this was an ugly game. Obviously there were the turnovers which has killed this team week in and week out, but there also were several penalties that killed many of the Panthers’ drives in the second half. The Panthers wil finish the season with a record of 2-8. That ties Mitchell for the worst record in the league, but since Mitchell beat Woodland Park that puts the Panthers alone in last place. The worst part of the season has to be that they were not able to win a single league game. This was the worst season the Panthers have had since 2010 when they did not win a single game.

So why did this Woodland Park team not win more games? Well as mention above it’s the turnovers. This team was built upon being able to play good defense and not turn the ball over and running the ball. They were going to win close low scoring games, but when you fumble the ball all the time that makes that plan almost impossible to execute. It puts your defense in bad field position and it makes your offense stutter anytime they get any momentum.

Overall there really is not a lot of positives to take from this season. Woodland Park will lose a ton of senior players including their quarterback. Maybe this season was more of a transition period that might be looked back on fondly later, but for now this team is an 2-8 team and at the end of the day you are what your record says you are.