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Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 11:54 am

The Panthers opened their season with a 36-0 win over visiting Rogersville.

Neither team could put any points on the scoreboard in the first quarter. Rogersville had the first chance to score when they recovered a Panther fumble on the  Panther 12 yard line. Two plays later the Panthers recovered a fumble on their own 15 yard line. On the next play Johnny Healy took the ball into the Rogersville endzone, but a holding penalty returned the ball to the Panther 15.

The Panthers drove the ball to the Rogersville 28 before the visitors recovered another fumble on the Wildcat 24 with just over two minutes remaining in the quarter. Rogersville again couldn’t hang on to the ball and the Panthers recovered a fumble on the Rogersville 33.

On the first play of the second quarter Mountain Grove turned the ball over on downs on the Rogersville 25.

Rogersville couldn’t advance the ball and following a Wildcat punt took control of the ball on the 50. Five plays later Healy would score on a 28 yard run. The Panthers failed to convert on a two-point conversion attempt.

The Panther defense again held and Mountain Grove returned the Wildcat punt to the 45 yard line. Two plays later Jacob Mitchell would go 45 yards for a touchdown. Mitchell had 77 yards on seven carries in the game. Healy would carry in for the two-point conversion.

On their next possession, Healy would connect with Jamison Cain on a 26 yard touchdown only to have it called back on an illegal shift penalty.

Rogersville would intercept the ball two plays later with one second remaining in the game.

The Panthers would take the ball on the opening kickoff of the second half and score when Healy connected with Cain on a 59 yard touchdown pass. Healy carried in for the two-point conversion giving the Panthers a 22-0 lead.

The fourth Panther touchdown of the evening came on their next possession. Trystan Short scored on a 22 yard touchdown and Cory Allen carried in for the two-point conversion.

Late in the third quarter Healy would again score on a 77 yard run to have it called back on an illegal procedure penalty. Healy would score his second touchdown of the game and the final Panther score early in the fourth quarter.

Healy was four for 10 passing for 80 yards. He ran for 118 yards  on 17 carries. Short had 80 yards on 17 carries; Allen, five carries for 18 yards and Shay Gilbert, 8 yards on one carry. Cain had four receptions for 80 yards.

The Panthers will travel to Cassville Friday for another non-conference contest.