NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A: Panthers beat Wildcats for fourth straight time

Published Saturday, September 29th, 2018

Draughn, still chasing first win for new head coach, has lost 10 in a row

MORGANTON – A fake punt set up a key touchdown on Friday night as Patton High ran its win streak over rival Draughn to four games with a 17-7 home victory in Northwestern Foothills 2A football.

Leading by three points, the Panthers decided to throw a pass after lining up to punt, with Pierce Memmel’s throw to Jamir Epps gaining 24 yards to put Patton in scoring position.


One play later, the Panthers extended their lead to 10-0 when quarterback Weston Fleming connected with wide receiver Caleb Taylor for a TD.

Memmel opened the scoring with a 23-yard field goal, his third in three games and fourth of the season, as Patton improved to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in the Northwestern Foothills 2A.

Memmel kicked field goals of 51 and 40 yards week earlier in a league loss at Fred T. Foard and he hit a 36-yarder in a victory over R-S Central earlier in the season.

Jesse Gullet returned the opening second-half kickoff 95 yards for a TD for Draughn (0-7, 0-2). It was the first kicking game score of the season for the Wildcats, who have scored in five straight games since being shut out by West Lincoln and Freedom in the first two games of the season.

Draughn later tried for a first down on fourth down later but did not get a first down, leading eventually to Fleming’s 11-yard TD run for Patton. It was the fifth rushing TD of the season for Fleming.

Patton improved its series lead over Draughn to 7-4 and has won three of five games played at Patton by 14 points, one point and 10 points.

The Panthers are on the road Friday night at 7:30 p.m. for another Northwestern Foothills 2A game, facing East Burke.

The Wildcats will battle winless Bunker Hill on homecoming night at Draughn at 7:30 p.m. and will still be chasing a first victory for new head coach Chris Powell.

Draughn has lost 10 straight games, losing its final three last season after beating Bunker Hill 20-13 in Claremont.

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