Falcons handle Panthers by 7

Falcons handle Panthers by 7

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Falcons handle Panthers by 7

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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky.

Through two games, Fort Campbell has learned something about its psyche.

It has developed a keen sense of responding when needed.

In the season opener against Clarksville High, the Falcons found themselves trailing 14-0 in the first quarter, only to rally for a 26-20 double-overtime win.

In their home opener on Friday at Fryar Stadium, the Falcons witnessed their first two offensive drives end with a fumble and interception, respectively.

To their credit, the Falcons still had enough offensive power to survive a shootout with Russellville, winning 34-27.

Falcons quarterback Jaylen Williams threw for 144 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Triston Luke ran for 135 yards and a touchdown, leading an offense that finished with 386 total yards.

And this despite three fumbles and an interception.

“We have a lot of stuff to correct,” Falcons coach Shawn Berner said. “We turned the ball over four times and we didn’t play very well offensively at all.

“I hope we can fix our first half, because that was the same kind of issue over at Clarksville High.

” We have to clean up our first half big time.”

Russellville, relying on an offensive line that averaged close to 300 pounds across the front, ran for 296 yards on 57 carries. Demarcus Hines had 120 yards on 12 carries, while Zach Hines had 67 yards.

“They came out with a few different things than what we saw and I think they did a good job with their game plan,” Berner said. “We hung in there and did enough things to win the game. They’re a good football team and we were very sloppy.”

The Falcons wasted ideal field position early in the game when their first two drives ended with a fumbles and interception, respectively.

Russellville, which fumbled the game’s first offensive snap, made the Falcons pay for their second turnover.

Staying on the ground for an eight play, 64-yard drive, the Panthers took a 7-0 lead on Demarcus Hampton’s 4-yard run.

The Falcons responded immediately when Triston scored on a 30-yard run finishing off a four play, 53-yard drive.

The 7-7 score stood until the final four minutes of the second quarter when the two scored on three consecutive offensive possessions.

Fort Campbell took a 14-7 lead when Christian Berry scored on a 12-yard run.

However, the Panthers answered on the next possession when Hines found the end zone on a second-and-goal from the 4.

Fort Campbell went into the half holding a 20-14 lead when Isaiah Washington caught a 19-yard pass.

Russellville took advantage of a Fort Campbell fumble early in the third quarter and later tiede the score at 20-20 on Barrett Croslin’s 1-yard run.

Washington’s second touchdown catch — from 24-yards — put the Falcons back on top 27-20.

The Panthers immediately answered when Lee McMurray caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Croslin.

Fort Campbell finally regained the lead for good with Williams’ 6-yard TD run with 7:48 remaining allowing the Falcons to move to 2-0 on the early season.

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