Darby football takes on Bradley

Darby’s football team’s record fell to 1-3 after a loss against Bradley on Friday, September 16th. The Panthers knew it would be a challenge when they faced the 22nd ranked Jaguars, but the team made a valiant attempt.

The Panthers continued their streak of strong first halves, and were able to keep up with Bradley. It was a battle of the offenses until halftime, where the score was 28-20 in Bradley’s favor. At one point, Darby running back Ian Coverstone put on his dancing shoes, as he was able to speed around multiple tackles and stayed on his feet to finish with a touchdown. The atmosphere on the Darby side of the stadium immediately exploded. It was one of the best plays so far this season.

Despite the excitement in the first half of the game, solid play in the second half from Bradley stopped Darby from making a comeback, and the game finished with a final score of 41-20.

Even though the Panthers were defeated, there are a couple positives to take from this game. First of all, Darby’s schedule only gets easier from here. Three of their first four games were against top-fifty ranked teams, so don’t expect this losing slump to be a regular occurrence. Secondly, Darby showed an aspect of their game that had not been seen in a long time – passing. Darby’s football team is usually known for being a run-only school. Two key passes led to fourteen points for the Panthers, and quarterback Cory Brooks continues to look more comfortable in the pocket.

The Panthers will have extra motivation moving forward, as they will continue to play for Darby teacher Michele Miller, who is battling stage four cancer. The school and team has been rallying around Mrs. Miller with the hashtag #millerstrong. The Panther Press wishes Mrs. Miller and her family the best of luck moving forward.

The Panthers go head to head against the Dublin Jerome Celtics on Friday, September 23. It will be the homecoming game, and the king and queen will be announced.

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