Panthers face tough squad to open season |

Panthers face tough squad to open season

Middle Park football is reviewing game film and looking to shore up some of the team’s miscues after suffering a season opening loss Saturday at home.

The coaches met as a staff on Sunday and went through the game looking for different areas to improve, Middle Park football coach Jason Nagel said of the team’s 44-0 defeat vs. Pagosa Springs on Saturday in Granby.

“We had players that did well at a times, but we never were really able to put that together as all 11 on offense or all 11 on defense at any one time,” Nagel said.

During the game, the offense struggled to sustain drives. Senior running back Ben Opatril led the team with 12 carries for 29 yards while junior Davis Emery rushed six times for 12 yards.

No coach wants to see his punter get so much work in a game, but Nagel was impressed by senior Katie MacKendrick, who punted six times Saturday for 179 yards combined, or an almost 30 yard average.

“She’s pretty darn good, and she’s doing something different this season where she does a rugby style punt,” Nagel said, explaining that it helped limit Pagosa Springs to zero return yards on Saturday.

“She did an excellent job,” Nagel said.

On defense, senior Cameron Conger and Emery each had 15 tackles, followed by Opatril with seven and Colton Knox, Jackson Cimino and Mason Fewell, who each had four.

The Panthers won’t see much relief in the short term, as the team will face top-ranked Delta on the road Friday.

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