Posted: November 10, 2016
The Granville Central Panthers have not lost a Tar-Roanoke 1-A conference football game since October 24th, 2014. That year the Panthers traveled west to Bakersville, NC to take on the Mitchell Mountaineers in the first round of the state playoffs. The Panthers put up a fight that night, not only against the Mountaineers but also against the 5-hour bus ride, high mountain elevation, and sub freezing temperatures.
After last year’s undefeated conference championship, the Panthers advanced through to the second round of the playoffs and lost a heart breaker to the East Carteret Mariners (35-27) in Beaufort, NC.
What will the future hold for this year? First things first, game tonight, 7pm, against the Southeast Halifax Trojans in Halifax, NC. The Trojans have a 5-5 overall record and 3-1 in conference play and are riding a 3-game winning streak. On paper the Panthers and Trojans compare nearly even. Both have common results over common opponents, the offensive production is nearly the same (Panthers have scored 8 more points) but the Panthers’ defense has given up nearly 100 less points (178 compared to 266).
Last week the Panthers celebrated senior night with a convincing 59-6 victory over the Northwest Halifax Vikings. Senior running back, Malcom West (#11), ran for 126 yards on 11 carries with one TD. That brought his season total over one thousand yards rushing (1083) with 1560 all-purpose yards. Senior Zach Cantaffa (#99) was taken out mid second quarter as precautionary measure after a hard hit to the head but not before he caught an Ethan Goss pass for a 5-yard TD. Cantaffa also converted 3 of 3 PATs and blasted each kickoff to the Viking goal line against strong winds. Cantaffa is second in scoring with 60 points behind West who has 84 and ahead of senior Chad Moore (#8) who has 34 points.
Moore ran for 2 TDs against the Vikings and completed a 2-point post TD conversion. Senior Tony Lyon (#3) caught a Goss pass for a 3-yard TD and sophomore Brandin Glen (#4) added a 20-yard TD run of his own.