The Cypress Lake Panthers have improved every week, but the breakthrough victory remains elusive.
The Panthers did some good things Friday night — Ernest Blanks returned a fumble 52 yards for a touchdown and they blocked a field goal and a punt–but they were gashed for 348 rushing yards by DeSoto County (4-3) and fell to 0-7.
“It’s killing me,” Panthers coach Dale More said. “I can’t sleep. I can hardly eat. It’s what we’re working for. It’s what these kids are working for. We have about 39 guys who show up every day and work hard. They’re still working. They’re not mailing it in and waiting for basketball to start. That’s the truth about them.”
The Panthers managed just four first downs and 75 total yards–eight fewer than Desoto’s Tajahs Jackson had on his first five carries of the second half on the way to 116 yards on 17 carries, including a 40-yard TD.
“We struggled against their defense,” More said. “They were bringing a lot of folks. It’s difficult to go from a wishbone to a spread offense. It’s taking time to get it going. We have to keep getting after it. I know it’s a system that works.”