Panther comeback comes up short

The Glencoe Yellow Jackets turned away a twopoint conversion attempt by Cleveland with a little more than a minute remaining to hold off the visiting Panthers 28-26 last Friday night.

The game was close throughout. The score was 7-7 at the half and Glencoe led 21-14 after three quarters.

Early in the fourth quarter, Cleveland got a 1-yard touchdown run from Peyton Gilliland but Leon Doelle’s kick bounced off the upright and the Glencoe lead was 21-20.

The Yellow Jackets took a 28-20 lead on a 5-yard run with 4:08 to play but Gilliland brought the Panthers back down the field and scored on a 12-yard run with just 1:14 on the clock to make it 28-26.

On the two-point try, Gilliland hit Emanuel Terry with a pass but the Yellow Jackets’ Jace Ozmint got a hand on the ball and knocked it out.

Gilliland accounted for all of the Panther touchdowns, scoring earlier on a 15-yard run and a 70-yard pass to Terry.

Cleveland finished with 425 yards – 223 on the ground; 202 through the air – while Glencoe managed 327 yards – 279 on the ground; 48 through the air.

Glencoe completed just 3 of 6 passes but two went for touchdowns.

Gilliland completed 12 of 22 passes for 202 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Trevor Yates rushed for 111 yards on 18 attempts while Gilliland had 107 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries.

Terry caught three passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. Brodie McAlpine caught three passes for 52 yards while Kyle Blackwood had three catches for 37 yards.

Brett Erwin led the Panther defense with eight tackles while Mat Pelt had five tackles, including a sack, and a fumble recovery. John Michael Lauderdale had seven stops while Trent Tatum had six tackles and a sack.

Cleveland (4-3 overall, 2-3 in 3A Region 5) will host White Plains this week.