Panthers come back after trailing 30-0 at the half

When Fair Grove’s team is good, they’re very good, and that happened Friday night at Forsyth when the Eagles vaulted to a 30-0 halftime lead. The Panthers fought their way back into the game in the second half, however, finally losing 36-20.

“Our youth and inexperience came into play in the second half when our players sort of panicked when Forsyth roared back,” Fair Grove coach Bill Voorhis said. “I think we learned a lesson on how not to finish a game. Forsyth has a good team and you can’t let up against them.”

That’s why they play four quarters, as they say, and fortunately the Eagles had built such a big lead that they were able to overcome the Panthers’ second-half comeback. Fair Grove is now 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the Mid-Lakes Conference.

Fair Grove’s homecoming is this Friday night as the Eagles host Stockton in another MLC contest.

Fair Grove quarterback Kody Stacye had a game similar to the one he had two weeks ago as he completed 22 of 32 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns and ran the ball 13 times for 106 yards and one TD. Ryken Adkins also carried the ball 11 times for 51 yards.

Matt Sutherland was the leading receiver with six receptions for 106 yards and one TD. 

On defense Kadyn Barnes sparkled with two quarterback sacks and a blocked punt. Kade Gallion intercepted a pass.

Speaking of the upcoming homecoming game against Stockton, Voorhis said Stockton, although 0-4, is a good team with a new coach who previously was successful at Sarcoxie and Lockwood.

“Stockton has had some players quarantined due to the COVID and they’ve also had some injuries,” Voorhis said. “They scored 62 points in a loss to Skyline a couple of weeks ago, so they can cause a lot of trouble for opponents. They might be closer to full strength against us.”


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