Every once and a while, the solution to a problem is starting fresh, from scratch. That's what the Polytech Panthers' football program did this off season, bringing in a new coach with a new system to try and jump start the fledgling squad.
Under clear blue skies on Saturday morning, the Kevin Smith era of Polytech football got off to a roaring good start as the Panther defeated the Delcastle Cougars in blow-out fashion, 30-6.
The Panthers wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the first when junior running back Gabe Brown found the end zone to give Polytech a 6-0 lead after a failed two-point conversion attempt.
After keeping the Delcastle offense off the scoreboard in the first, the Panthers capped off the quarter with a Mark Bonnie 30-yard field goal taking a 9-0 lead in the second stanza.
The teams played a scoreless second quarter, and the Panthers took a 9-0 lead into the break.
The Panther offense stayed quiet in the third quarter as well, but the Cougars were able to light up the scoreboard for the first time when QB Roger Heusner found Briayer Price on a long 62-yard score. The Delcastle extra point was no-good, and the Panthers took a slim 9-6 lead into the fourth and final quarter.
In the fourth, the Panther offense would finally find their rhythm.
A high-snap on a punt resulted in good field position for the Panthers, Alex Winchester scored from 1-yard out on a quarterback keeper to give the Panthers some breathing room leading 16-6.
After a Brennan Weber interception, Brown would find the end zone for the second time on the day, this time on a 80-yard touchdown run giving Polytech a commanding 23-6 lead. Brown finished with 2 scores and 117 yards on the day to lead the Panthers.
To put any doubt to rest, the Polytech ground game struck again when Matt Williams scored from 16-yards out to clinch the victory for the Panthers.
A win like Saturday's can't be discounted, especially for a program that's used to winning only 1 or 2 games a season. There's a lot to be excited about if you're Polytech, even after only one game. The Panthers ground attack pounded the Delcastle defense all afternoon. And, the Polytech defense forced 4 turnovers while allowing only 6 points in the victory.
The Panthers are on the road again this week when they take on Woodbridge on Friday night at Filmore Clifton Stadium, kick-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.