Panthers pound Patriots

The Cleveland Panthers roared back from an early 6-0 deficit with a 35-point run to take care of the West End Patriots 35-6 in front of a big homecoming crowd at Michael E. Dixon Memorial Stadium last Friday night. Cleveland improved to 2-3 overall while West End dropped to 0-5 on the season.

West End started quickly, taking the opening possession of the game in for a score for a quick 6-0 lead.

It took the Panthers a while to get going – West End maintained a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter – but the hosts put up 23 points in the second quarter.

Patrick Johnson set the Cleveland offense up with an interception early in the second quarter and Scotty Caffee hammered in from two yards out.

Christian Collum hooked up with Trevor Yates on a 30-yard touchdown pass and Collum scored on a 2- yard run to end the first-half scoring.

In the third quarter, Caffee scored on his second 2- yard run of the night and Yates added a 9-yard run to complete the scoring.

Cleveland piled up 207 yards on the ground, with three backs going over 50 yards on the night.

Yates had 56 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, Collum added 55 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, and Caffee bulled his way for 54 yards and a pair of touchdowns on eight attempts. John Michael Lauderdale finished with 23 yards on six carries.

Collum completed 3 of 6 through the air for 56 yards and a touchdown.

Yates caught two passes for 45 yards and a touchdown. Kyle Blackwood had one catch for 11 yards.

Chance Sampson led the Cleveland defense with nine tackles, including a sack, while Micah Collum had seven tackles, including 1.5 sacks. Wyatt Self added a pair of sacks. Mason Woodall, Tristan Rittenhouse, and Johnson each had interceptions. Blackwood and Johnson had fumble recoveries.