Panthers Fall to Comets
Above: Tyrone Gasaway, #8, wide receiver, runs the ball behind his offense. Photo by Kyle Smith.
By Edward Gutierrez
As the annual Chaffey Football tailgate took place this past Saturday, the Chaffey Panthers(2-3) faced off against the Palomar Comets(2-3). As emotions ran high and the Panthers took Grisby Field excited to prove themselves again after coming off a solid win against Grossmont (17-10). The Panthers looked ready to dominate in all elements of the game.
As the game kicked off the Panthers looked to have the fight and resilience as always. Yet, Palomar continued to run and throw the ball well enough to have the Panthers defense on their heels. The Panthers continued to fight back with Jamal Scotts 55 yard run in the first quarter, to tie the game 7-7.
Yet, the Panthers led in all categories, from yards passing, rushing and time of possession the Panthers did everything in their power to come out on top. The Panthers possessed a better third-down efficiency at 39 percent, going 7-18 in third-down attempts. They even racked up 480 total yards of offense, and held possession for a total of 33 minutes, statistically beating Palomar in all elements.
Yet, the real issue seemed to be in the consistency of quarterback protection. As the clock trickled down throughout the game the Comets continued to capitalize off the five turnovers the Panthers gave to them. Yet, due to turnovers the Panthers fell to the Palomar Comets 34-22.