Panthers bitten by Tigers

Published 9:22 am Sunday, November 3, 2019

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Cumberland Gap High School loaded its Panthers and traveled to Rockwood for their final regular season football game of 2019.

The Panthers are assured one more game after securing a spot in the playoffs a few games back. Cold weather finally came to East Tennessee and the players would have to battle cold conditions with a wet field Nov. 1.

The Tigers were 5-5 on the season and Cumberland Gap knew they would have their hands full. Rockwood scored first and led 6-0, but the Panthers quickly responded and took a 7-6 lead on a Caden Brunsma pass to Holdin McDaniel. The lead was short lived, and Rockwood never looked back.

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They controlled the momentum all through the first half and led 28-7 at the half. The Tigers added seven points during the second half to win their sixth game of the season by a final score of 35-7.

Cumberland Gap dropped their record to 4-6 but will play Nov. 8 traveling to Hampton to face the 8-2 Bulldogs. It will be a big task for the Panthers, but at the same time playoff experience is great for the athletes — especially the ones that will be returning for the 2020-2021 season.