Winning for the cure

Last Friday night, the Panthers sported an unlikely color as they wore pink wrist bands and spatted pink for Breast Cancer. October is Breast Cancer awareness month and the Panthers wanted to show their support for Mrs. Metzger’s Pink Ribbon Girls foundation. They came out strong as they were determined to conquer the Crusaders. On that cold and rainy Friday night, Elder’s defense did not allow any points in the first half. Matt Murray had the only points in that time, as he made a 28-yard field goal, giving Elder a 3-0 lead at halftime. In the second half, Chris Schroer continued to run the ball hard as he rocketed for an 18-yard touchdown. But, Moeller responded right away as they scored on the next drive after a questionable fumble that the refs did not call. Later in the fourth quarter, Austin Cipriani caught a TD pass from a healthy Josh Moore, making the lead 17-7. Again, the Crusaders marched downfield and scored, making it 17-13, but missed the crucial extra point because of a bad snap. The Panthers tried to burn time after they recovered the onside kick, but failed. Elder’s spirited cheering section fired up the team at they went shirtless for “Skins to Win” in the frigid and wet Lockland Stadium. Moe got the ball with about 30 ticks left and had a chance to win as they threw a pass as time expired. Their QB chucked up the ball, but sophomore Kyle Orloff intercepted the pass for Elder’s win. The players rushed the field because they knew it was a huge win. The Panthers are continuing tough practices as they prepare to play Winton Woods this Friday here at the Pit. These last three games need to be given their best, because with three more wins the Panthers will be playing at home in Week 11, the first week of the playoffs.