Panthers win despite wind and snow

Stettler Peewee Panthers returned from Wetaskiwin with 13-7 win last weekend after a game played under falling snow.

Carrying forward - Chance Moon of Panthers trying to carry the ball despite opposition in what turned to be a nail biter game.

Carrying forward - Chance Moon of Panthers trying to carry the ball despite opposition in what turned to be a nail biter game.

Stettler Peewee Panthers returned from Wetaskiwin with 13-7 win last weekend after a game played under falling snow.

“We were very happy with the kids,” said coach Gary Sorenson.

“They buckled down and played a very tight game.”

The first half ended scoreless, but Panthers had their first touchdown with their first possession of the ball in the second half and until three and half minutes left in the game Panthers remained in the lead.

Wetaskiwin scored and took the lead at that point and Panthers were left with only three minutes to win the game.

Coach Sorenson said they implemented a good game plan at the last minute and scored the last touchdown just 20 seconds left in the game.

“It was the first time this season that the kids did not break down,” said Sorenson.

“They didn’t give it up and they won a hard-fought battle.”

Quarterback Andrew Shirley had 154 yards and two TDs, Brett Roper had 10 carries for 40 yards and Tim Gardner had four carries for 14 yards.

Sorenson said playing under cold and windy conditions made it very difficult for them to play an efficient passing game.

“Playing under those weather conditions was a good learning experience for them.”

Panthers will be playing Red Deer Hornets at home this weekend at 10 a.m on Saturday, Oct. 17.