ClOVERDALE – Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers fumbled several snaps on a wet, Halloween afternoon, handing the St. Thomas Moore Knights a 33-14 victory.
The Panthers (4-2) struggled to keep hold of the ball, which they turned over four times, and Knights’ quarterback Terrell Jana.
Jana scored four touchdowns, two in the air and two on the ground. After being held in check in the first half, he was able to break down the Panthers’ defence during the final 24 minutes.
"We knew what he was capable of. He played here in Grade 8," said Tweedsmuir head coach Kurt Thorton. "As the game wore down, he did a good job of waiting for our edge to collapse."
Thorton said it was tough for some of the players to lose their final home game of the season and it puts so much more emphasis on next week’s game in Kelowna. The winner of that game will finish third in the division with home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Panthers’ captain Caleb Abraham rushed 21 times for more than 200 yards including a nine-yard touchdown.
He said it was disappointing losing their last home game and they weren’t "prepared for how fast" the Knights were.
"We didn’t pick up the blitz well," Abraham added.
Both teams struggled to get the pass game going. lord Tweedsmuir’s other touchdown came from a one-yard quarterback sneak.
The Panthers final game of the season is on Saturday (Nov. 8) at 3:30 p.m. at Capital News Centre in Kelowna.