The Valier Panthers fell to 0-2 on the season after falling 32-26 to the Tri-City Titans last weekend.
The Panthers fell behind 6-0 at the end of the first quarter and after a scoreless second quarter the local gridders went into the half with the same deficit. Tri-Cities put up 20 points in the third quarter to just six for the Panthers to take a 26-6 lead into the final quarter. Valier tried to rally in the fourth putting up 20 points of their own but it wasn’t enough as Tri Cities scored a touchdown in the fourth for a 32-26 victory.
“We played much better than our first game but we are still not where we need to be,” said head coach Jeremy Curry. “There are still too many little mistakes to beat a team like Tri City. We had multiple opportunities to score but couldn’t get the job done.”
The offense was led by Kasen Kovatch who threw for 340 yards in the contest. Brett Monroe caught six passes for 129 yards and a touchdown while Chance Peterson also caught six passes for 110 yards and a score. Brett Stoltz caught four passes for 121 yards and also rushed for another 84 yards, scoring twice in the game.
Monroe led the defense with 11 tackles followed by Stotlz with ten tackles and an interception. Peterson recorded nine tackles, including one for loss and Kasen Kovatch recorded seven tackles and forced a fumble. Ty Curry had four tackles, one for a loss and one sack, and also forced a fumble and recovered two fumbles.
The Panthers hurt themselves in the penalty department as they gave up 82 yards in penalties in the game.
The Panthers will look to bounce back this weekend as they head to North Star on Saturday with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. North Star is also 0-2 on the season and is coming off of a 51-6 loss to Big Sandy.