Mustangs charge into title game (photo gallery)

Published: Friday, October 18, 2013 at 05:28 PM.

Turnovers were a major issue for the Panthers, who finished the season with a 5-3 record. Three of Shoal River’s scores came off Davidson miscues.

The first of two interceptions by Bobby Sanders set up the second Mustang touchdown. Two plays after the Sanders’ interception, Whaley turned on the afterburners on his way to a 58-yard touchdown run with 6:31 left in the second quarter.

The Panthers picked up their only score of the game late in the second quarter when Rod Bouchard connected with Keon Voisin on a 9-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown came after the Panther defense held the Mustang offense to force a punt. The snap on the punt was low and Davidson recovered the ball at the Mustang 10. Three plays later, Bouchard and Voisin teamed up for the score.

Shoal River wasn’t content with an 8-point lead at the half. Tyree Johnson returned the ensuing kickoff to the Mustang 40. A pair of runs by Whaley netted 11 yards as the clock ticked to less than 30 seconds remaining in the half. The Mustang coaching staff then reached into its bag of tricks and called a reverse to Jay Stanton. Stanton raced to the Davidson 15-yard line.

Shoal River spiked the ball to stop the clock with less than 10 seconds left in the half. Ciurieo then hit Terrelle Holiday with a 15-yard strike. Whaley took the ball in for the conversion, pushing the Mustang lead back to 16 points at the half.

Davidson showed it could move the ball in the second half, but again turnovers raised their ugly heads. The Panthers had the ball at the Mustang 36, but Davidson fumbled and Shoal River’s Darius Sylvester picked up the fumble and returned it to the Panther nine, setting up Flavors’ second score of the game with 3:22 left in the third quarter.

The Panthers had the ball deep in Mustang territory at the start of the fourth quarter, but Sanders’ second interception of the night kept Davidson off the scoreboard. Jay Stanton picked up Shoal River’s final touchdown when he scored on a 24-yard run with 4:31 left in the game. Cody Traywick kicked the extra point.

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