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No. 3 Platte Canyon too Much for Panthers

The Platte Canyon Huskies overwhelmed the Middle Park Panther High School football team last Friday night in Granby with a bruising ground game and a very stiff defense.

“They are a very mature team who is used to winning,” said head coach Troy Schmidt. “They have an aura or swagger about them that says they are supposed to win, and they win a lot. They physically manhandled us.

“They were bigger, faster, and stronger than us and they showed us where we want to get to as a football program,” he added.

Platte Canyon started the scoring on a long touchdown drive in the opening quarter. Then the Platte Canyon defense shut down the Panther offense and took advantage of great field position after Middle Park miscues gave Platte Canyon the ball inside the 20 yard line, twice.

“It’s a cliche, but it’s true that you cannot make mistakes like that against a great football team,” Schmidt said. “They took advantage and made us pay for our mistakes.”

Once the Panthers got behind the 8 ball they never recovered and only scored in the 2nd half on a 19 yard touchdown run by junior Brian Macchione. Another bright spot was junior Adam Weaver’s punting. He averaged 44 yards per punt on the night.

That, said Schmidt, can be a “serious weapon in a closer game.”

“I am proud of all of our kids – they played hard to the bitter end, and I know they will rise to the challenge of doing what it takes to become a team like the Huskies.”

“We really want to thank all of the middle school Cub players, the Wolverine players, and all of the parents who showed us your support last Friday,” he said. “It was great to see all of the future Panthers!”

What’s next

Middle Park will try to get back on the winning track when they travel to Hayden on Friday, Sept. 24, to take on the previously No. 10 ranked Hayden Tigers at 7 p.m. “They are going to be another very tough test for us,” said Panther coach Troy Schmidt. “They have only lost by less than one touchdown to a team in a higher classification and the No. 1 ranked Yuma Indians.”

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