The opening kickoff was the start of a very exciting night of football at Leopards Stadium, with the Pamlico Hurricanes taking the opening kick-off 84 yards for the touchdown. The rest of the first quarter was plenty of defense and penalties, with the Canes up 7-0.
The 2nd quarter started with a 31 yard punt that touched a Cane player and was recovered on the Leopards 4 yard line. Leopards quarterback. Zach Tanner took the ball in from the 4 for a score of 7-7. Later in the quarter Deshawn Wilson intercepted a Canes pass and ran it back for 96 yards, he was tackled at the 1 yard line. On the next play quarterback, Zach Tanner scored again on a quarterback keeper.
The first half ended with a score of 14-7.
The 3rd quarter was again mostly defensive play keeping both teams from scoring. The 4th quarter was started when the Leopards Deshawn Wilson took a kickoff back for 48 yards. The Leopards took the ball to their own 8 yard line before the Canes caused a fumble with a hard hit on Dillion Kinlock.
The Canes tried to move the ball but the Leopards defense had several good stops and the Canes had several penalties, but with 1 min. 14 sec left in the game the Canes put the ball in the end zone. The Leopards were backed up deep on the kickoff and the Canes were able to score a safety on the Leopards, and win the game by a score of 23-14.
Defensively, the Leopards were lead by Jirah Cooper with 4 tackles. William Moore had 3 tackles, Cody Barnett had 8 tackles, and Ethan Blackwell had 6 tackles and a sack.
On the offensive side, Deshawn Wilson rushed for 116 yards and Dillion Kinlock had 14 runs for 70 yards. Q.B. Zach Tanner had 12 rushes for 30 yards. He also had 6 passes with 1 completed for 21 yards, and Deshawn Wilson was 1-1 for 6 yards.
Coach Kevin Yost of the Canes, said, “I really like Coach Lewis and his program, and we knew this would be a tough game. It was not a pretty win but a win is a win”.
Coach James Lewis said, “I knew this would be a good game and felt it would come down to the final minutes of the game. We still made too many penalties and have got to work on that, but the boys played hard and I am very proud of them.
The Leopards travel to Lejeune on Sept. 5th for their next non-conference game. The Leopards are now 1-1 overall.