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Imhotep wins defensive slugfest over Central Catholic @TepFootball @PCC_FOOTBALL

Written by: on Saturday, August 28th, 2021

 

It wasn’t easy at times for either team. Each team brought a defense that was as stifling as the heat on this hot summer night. But when it mattered, the Panther offense came through. Following a fumble by Central Catholic late in the game with the game tied at 6, Imhotep’s offense finally got the surge it needed.  Rahmir Stewart, who found his way to 106 yards, most of which came in the second half, and Tre’ McLeod led the Panthers on a game winning 42 yard drive. Stewart carried the ball in from 9 yards out to give Imhotep a huge 12-6 win over ranked 6A Central Catholic.

 

“This is huge. Since we got this game back in June, we looked at this opportunity to really assert ourselves in the state. It was ugly, but we got it done. That’s a real good football team over there” said Panthers head coach Devon Johnson.

Gannon Carothers helped move the Central offense in the first half, getting nice chunks of yardage each time he touched the ball, but the Vikings just couldn’t finish drives. On their second drive, aided by great field position on the Tep 39, Central drove to the five but costly mistakes moved them back to the 15 where Matt Shearer connected to give the Vikings a 3-0 lead.  The score stayed that way until midway through the third quarter.

“We made that adjustment to run with Stewart and it payed off” said Johnson. Imhotep took the second half kickoff and, with Stewart running from the wildcat, marched 80 yards to take the lead. Stewart carried the ball 8 times, and Tre McLeod finished the drive from three yards out. The point after attempt failed leaving the score 6-3 with 6:13 left in the third.

 

The Viking defense then came up big after the home team was forced to punt. Imhotep had the ball at their own 15 but was pushed back by penalties and a huge defensive play forcing Tep to punt from their own endzone.  Getting the ball at their 35, Central Catholic got an even bigger play from Shearer who nailed a 46 yard field goal.

 

“That’s a big team over there. We just couldn’t hold that line” said PCC head coach Terry Totten.

Central got the ball one more time but D1 recruit Enai White closed the game with a sack of Payton Wehner. “Big time players have to make big time plays. I’m fortunate to have been able to make that play” said White of the game ending sack.

 

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