No. 4 Dwyer 26, No. 8 Seminole Ridge 14: Panthers' miscues less costly than Hawks'
Friday, September 16, 2011
by Matt Porter
It's not that Dwyer's 26-14 win over Seminole Ridge win was lucky.
The defense held the Hawks to 222 yards of total offense, mainly through the air. The Panthers stacked the box against Hawks senior running back Gary Holmes, holding him to 48 yards and two short touchdowns on 15 carries.
But Seminole Ridge, ranked No. 8 in The Post's top 10, had a chance to steal one on the road against No. 4 Dwyer. And in so many ways, the Hawks (1-2) let it slip away .
"We had the game, and we lost it," said a heated Seminole Ridge coach Matt Dickmann. "You watched the whole game, you saw what was going on."
After Holmes went up the middle for a 3-yard touchdown in the first quarter, Dwyer (2-1) made it 7-6 at the half on a 36-yard grab by sophomore Clint Stephens (two catches, 49 yards), who dove behind two defenders in the end zone. Dwyer junior Matt McMahon's 3-yard score in the third gave the Panthers a 12-7 lead.
Late in the third, Hawks safety Silas Spearman dropped an potential interception, but forced a three-and-out.
Then Holmes stood at his own 33. When Bobby Puyol's punt came down, it slipped through his hands. Dwyer junior Natrone Macon fell on it, and four plays later Panthers junior running back Cortney Lowery ran in a 21-yard score with 15.7 seconds left in the quarter.
Seminole Ridge senior receiver Darian Williams, quarterback Antwan Washington's favorite target, was open for a 30-yard gain on the previous drive, but dropped the ball. He redeemed himself with catches of 14 and 47 yards, and Holmes ran off the right tackle and in the end zone from three yards out. Dwyer's lead was 19-14 with 6:29 remaining.
Dwyer needed a clock-killing drive, but Lowery fumbled at the Hawks' 40. Junior defensive end Jason Shepherd recovered, and the Hawks took over with 4:11 left. Williams grabbed a 16-yard pass to put his team in position.
From the 35-yard line, Holmes got through several tacklers and beat Dwyer's secondary to the goal line, but he was stripped by Dwyer sophomore safety Shawn Boone. The ball bounced through the back of the end zone and was ruled a touchback, putting Dwyer at its own 20 with 2:30 remaining.
Dwyer punted with 38 seconds left.
On first-and-10 from his own 35 with 38 seconds left, Washington (10 for 17, 164 yards) was pressured, and his pass hit the referee. It was ruled a backward pass. Dwyer's Malik Brown picked up the fumble and returned it to the end zone to close out the scoring.
The Panthers' offense was up-and-down. Senior quarterback Faton Bauta was 3-of-10 for 88 yards and carried 14 times for 45 yards.
"We'd have a great drive, then come back and have a terrible drive," Dwyer coach Jack Daniels said.