Updated Mon, Sep 10, 2012 3:59 pm
The New Lexington Panthers held on for a thrilling victory over the Philo Electrics 15-13 at Sam Hatfield Stadium on Friday in a pivotal MVL matchup. Philo came into this game fresh off a close finish with Crooksville, while New Lexington was eager to forget about a 30-9 loss to John Glenn.
The Panthers started off on the right foot scoring early by putting the ball on the ground and running up the middle of the field. This worked successfully play after play until Alex Bryant found the end zone to put the Panthers up 7-0 in the first quarter.
Bryant reached the end zone once again in the second quarter, but a missed extra point made it a 13-0 lead heading into halftime. Philo struggled to come up with an answer to Bryant’s attack on the ground, as he ran for a total of 99 yards on the ground. A bad snap on a punt attempt resulted in a safety, bringing the score to a 15-0 Panther lead.
Philo fought back in the second half with two touchdowns from running back Kaleb Wiseman, narrowing the gap to two points. Philo’s comeback was cut short, however, as the Panthers held onto their two-point lead as time expired.
Quarterback Zak Sheridan completed three of 16 passes for a total of 25 yards in the game for the Electrics. The defensive struggle was shown through the total yardage with New Lexington gaining just 145 total yards and Philo gaining only 164 yards.