Panthers shake losing streak with final win
The Woodland Park Panthers football team have concluded their up and down season on a high note
The Panthers, with an 8-point fourth quarter surge, edged past Mitchell by a 15-12 margin Friday evening and broke a five-game losing streak.
The game was touted as the contest that would determine which team would avoid the cellar spot in the Class 3A Southern League.
The victory marked the Panthers first league win of the season, after a fairly good start against non-league opponents. The Panthers, led by coach Joe Roskam, appeared quite promising at the season’s outset with a convincing win against regional rival Manitou Springs and a slew of early pigskin victories. But the Panthers hit a rough patch in early October, losing five consecutive games. The bleeding escalated with brutal losses to Lewis-Palmer and Canon City.
However, the team rebounded last week and succeeded in keeping Mitchell away from the end zone, even though the Maurauders rushed for 328 yards. Most of Mitchell’s ground attack was fueled by rushing wiz Ke’Shawn Stover. Despite these impressive statistics, the Panthers defense displayed some tenacious strength, rivaling the antics of the Denver Broncos, when it counted. Mitchell only succeeded in putting any points on the board during the third quarter.
Sophomore running back Dominic Roskam, meanwhile, rushed for 118 yards for the Panthers. Dominic Roskam, Devin Carter, Dan Knapp and Cody Stroup were lauded as the top Panther players during the final game.
With the Panthers pigskin triumph, the team finished the season with an overall 4-6 mark.
In other regional football news, the Manitou Springs Mustangs courtesy of their recent victory against St. Mary, snagged a playoff spot in the 2A Tri-Peaks Conference.