JACKSON – The Pennfield football team’s playoff hopes took a serious hit on Friday, as the Panthers came up short in their comeback attempt against Jackson Lumen Christi, 35-20.
The Titans (6-2) jumped out to a 28-6 halftime lead before Pennfield came roaring back. But Lumen Chrisi hung on to clinch at least a share of the Interstate Eight Conference title.
“I thought we came out and did some nice things on both sides of the ball, but we made too many mistakes against a good team like Jackson Lumen Christi,” said Pennfield head coach Mike McGuire. “Anytime you play them, you have to flawless…It was 28-6 at halftime, so we came out in the second half and I thought played well and put up a good fight.”
Pennfield finished the contest with 200 yards of total offense, led by Jaycob Herpin with 47 rushing yards and a touchdown. Sam Nichols had 38 rushing yards, Grant Petersen had 29 rushing yards and a touchdown, Troy Hinds had 33 rushing yards and Colin Kemerling had a 1-yard touchdown run. Ben Geno had a fumble recovery.
Pennfield now turns its attention to its regular season finale at Olivet on Oct. 21.
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