The Derby Panthers put perfection in what many think is the Panther’s first real test of the season against Bishop Carroll. Despite scoring fewer points than usual, The Panthers were able to out-duel the Golden Eagles, 21-0.
Sep, 27, 2019; Derby, Kansas, USA; during a matchup between the Derby Panthers and Bishop Carroll Eagles ©Kelly Ross
This match-up was one of the best in the state on Friday night. The stage was set for two of the top teams in the area with Bishop Carroll representing the GWAL while Derby has become the front runner for the AVCTL crown this season.
The Bishop Carroll defense was tasked with trying to stall the Panther offenset, while the final score was not in their favor, the Golden Eagles were able to slow down the most explosive offense in the state.
Early in the first quarter Carroll’s defense was able to capitalize on a mistake made by Derby Quarterback Grant Adler. Adler, was searching for a receiver down the middle of the field only to be intercepted by Dalton Nichols. Carroll’s defense was able to hold strong late in the first half stopping the Panthers from converting a fourth and short on a reverse play.
Derby was able to find rhythm on the offensive side of the ball courtesy of stonewall efforts from the defense. The Panthers were able to hold Bishop Carroll scoreless, the first time the Golden Eagles had been shut out since 2010.
The Panther offense found pace behind Senior Grant Adler. The quarterback suffered season ending injuries against Carroll in both his sophomore and junior seasons. Adler was able to find points on a nine yard scamper in the first quarter followed by a touchdown pass to Reid Liston before halftime.
Adler was able to command the offense using a mix of zone read plays coupled with success through the air to receivers like Liston and Jacob Karsak. Tre Washington also added a score on the ground for the Panthers.
Although the Panthers were able to come away with the win, Head Coach Brandon Clark says it could have been a cleaner game from his team.
“I would like to think that we could play a little better, but we kept shooting ourselves in the foot,” Clark explained. “We would get a five yard penalty and then a ten yard penalty, even in the first series we got two five yard penalties. You’re not going to have success if you keep putting yourself in a bind,” he added.
Derby will travel to Salina South next week to return to AVCTL play while Bishop Carroll travels to Great Bend.