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Panthers fall to Lions, despite valiant effort

Douglas Fontenot runs hard for the Pine Prairie Panthers.

In Pine Prairie, the Panthers were coming off of a big-time emotional win over the Mamou Green Demons. The Panthers had to entertain another team out of District 4-2A in the Vinton Lions. The Lions brought their big, fast-moving offense to PPHS, while the Panthers were looking to slow them down. The resilient Panthers came out very strong and looked like a new team, and a team on a mission to get their third win of the year. 

The Panthers and Lions punched each other around in the first quarter. Pine Prairie was determined to let Vinton know they were in for a fight no matter what. It was an impressive first quarter for the local boys. 

The Lions came out strong in the second quarter and never let up. They scored on the opening possession after holding the football for three minutes. A one-yard run from Keyshawn Bias put the Lions on the scoreboard for six points. 

Back-to-back turnovers did not help the Pine Prairie cause. The pair of turnovers were converted into points. The Lions scored two touchdowns in less than three minutes to take a commanding 21-0 lead over the local team. 

Pine Prairie gave up an early touchdown in the third quarter on an eight-yard run from Elijah Broussard. The two-point conversion was good, putting Vinton up 28-0. 

Later in the third period, the Panthers got on the board. Dylan Doucet hauled in a pass from Cade Vidrine for six points. The seven-yard connection capped a 56-yard drive that consumed good time and took seven plays. 

Pine Prairie fell 28-8 to Vinton but they never let up. They way the Panthers played, you would have thought they were in the game until the last second ran off the clock. It was a valiant effort to say the least. 

Pine Prairie gets set to host the Sacred Heart Trojans Thursday night. The Trojans are coming off of their first win of the year. Sacred Heart defeated Mamou 40-0 Thursday night. Sacred Heart is 1-2 on the year. 

Pine Prairie falls to 2-2 on the year and is one game away from beginning District 5-3A play. It’s the first year the Panthers face Class 3A competition for district play.

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