Panthers Too Much for City in the Second Half
August 27, 2011By Chris Matthys of South Bend Washington High School
For the second week in a row, fans had hardly settled in with popcorn and soda in hand when South Bend Washington enior phenom Gehrig Dieter hauled in a 50 yard pass from QB Daigen Morgan to get Washington up 6-0, following a blocked extra point.
City went three and out, but Washington could muster little offense. After Washington turned the ball over on downs, City marched down inside the 5 before failing on fourth down. On the ensuing play, a botched exchange with the Panther QB and fullback resulted in a fumble, which City fell on for their first score.
The Panthers would find themselves back on top after Senior Tailback David Perkins took the ball to the goal line, but fumbled into the end zone. Jerimiah Johnson fell on it just before it rolled out of the end zone to ge the Panthers back up 13-7.
City then converted some key third downs to regain the lead 14-13. The panthers immediately threw an interception, which City turned into another score to go up 21-13.
However, on the final play of the half, Gehrig Dieter again got behind the City D and hauled in a 80+ yard TD to cut the lead to 21-19 at the half. The play proved to be the turning point in the contest.
The Panthers never looked back. Dieter added another score, and David Perkins found paydirt twice in the second half, as the Panthers ran away and sealed it up by a final of 40-21.
Dieter led the Panthers with 10 catches for 346 yards and 3 touchdowns. For the season, he has 18 catches for 719 yards and 8 touchdowns.
The wolves will take on Chesterton in their DAC opener, while the 2-0 Panthers host Elkhart in their NIC conference opener.