ICYMI: Home field advantage
October 15, 2015
The football team played the Edison Red Raiders-with a record of 4-2- on Wayne Moore Field for the program’s first ‘true’ home game in its history. In a defensive struggle that began with torrential rains, the Panthers failed to improve upon their 4-1 record.
Palmetto jumped to a 6-0 lead by halftime, thanks to relentless defense and a short rushing touchdown set up with a 45 yard pass from quarterback Hugh Lowson.
At the beginning of the second half, the Panthers blocked an Edison punt that their punter recovered and then taken for a 35 yard gain. A few plays later, Palmetto intercepted an Edison pass and almost ran it back for a touchdown before Edison stripped the ball and recovered it yet again.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Red Raiders, as a 60 yard rushing touchdown tied up the score at 6-6, before Edison’s extra point was blocked. After a few changes of possession due to fumbles, the score remained even at the end of regulation.
The game would go into overtime and Edison got possession first. They would capitalize and score first, making a two-point conversion for good measure. Unfortunately, the Panthers were unable comeback, as Edison’s defensive line made it impossible for Lowson to get the ball off.
Although the Panthers lost 14-6 at home, students witnessed a team that has doubled its win total from a year ago.
“I think that the Palmetto football team has amazing sportsmanship,” freshman Gabriella Arias said. “If they keep that up, they are going far.”
While the team received optimistic feedback from students, the $5 admission to the game did not sit well with many.
“I’m pretty confident in our football team this year, but they shouldn’t charge for the games if they’re basically in our backyard,” senior Matthew Chanti said.
Moreover, talks of future games on Wayne Moore Field caused excitement.
“I am looking to have at least one game a year played here. But I don’t think we’ll ever have a stadium. Pinecrest would never allow it and we don’t have enough room for physical education and we need space for other teams to practice,” Athletic Director Steve Batten said.
Despite the defeat, home field advantage still allowed for the Panthers to gain a competitive edge.
“I can just come out of my locker room which is basically home and the field is right there,” junior starting quarterback Hugh Lowson said.