Panthers turn up defense to down Providence Day

The Carolina Forest High football team had to wait a week to kick off the 2017 season while all the other area teams jumped into action in Week 0. Apparently it only made the Panthers hungrier.

Carolina Forest claimed a 24-7 season-opening victory over visiting Providence Day (NC) on Friday night, using a stingy defense to start the campaign on a winning note.

The Panthers rode their defense most of the game as Freddie Kane’s field goal gave them an early 3-0 lead. Carolina Forest finally visited the end zone in the second quarter for a 10-0 lead, and quarterback Matt Beale’s TD dive gave the Panthers a 17-0 halftime advantage. It stayed that way until the final stages as the Panthers were never seriously challenged.

The Panthers carried a shutout into the fourth quarter but a late turnover set up the spoiling score. Carolina Forest countered with a 50-yard touchdown return of Providence Day’s ensuing onside kick attempt by Shawn Mallo to account for the final score.

Carolina Forest (1-0) plays the second of four straight home games to open the season next week against St. James.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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