In a matchup of two undefeated teams the Alba-Golden Panthers could not overcome their slow start Friday, as they lost 40-0 to the Carlisle Indians.
Coming into the game as class 2A and 3A, both teams had been dominating their opponents in vastly different ways.
The Indians typically use a spread passing game to attack quickly downfield while the Panthers use a more methodical option running game to milk the clock and score on methodical drives.
However, on Friday the Panthers were unable to overcome their 14-0 first quarter deficit.
While the Panthers’ offense was unable to get in to the red zone the entire game, the defensive backfield played a solid game as senior Fredrick Arenas had an interception in the first quarter.
Another bright spot for the Panthers was that return-man senior Dakota Melton started the game off with a 40-yard kick return and later had a kick return touchdown however, it was called back on an illegal block in the back.
Carlisle was led by junior receiver Gerald Turner who had three touchdowns on the game.
The Panthers will be back in action at home Friday against Rivercrest at 7:30 p.m.