Panthers wiped out in fight against Falcons, 56-6

srobertsjr@vagazette.com

On Thursday, short-handed Bruton suffered a 56-6 loss to York at Bailey Field. The Falcons started fast and never let up.

The Panthers’ squad stood at 22 players, but only about 18 of them suited up against York’s 43-man roster.

Panthers coach Tim Smith said the team looked forward to their next game against New Kent.

Smith said the Bruton team is young — with only two seniors — but he expects his team to garner a lot of experience this season.

The Falcons chose to receive after winning the coin toss and gained good field position after sophomore Jordan Seitz returned the kickoff to the 42-yard line. Four plays later, junior wide receiver Troy Norman scored just 1 minute, 45 seconds into the game.

Senior running back John Cassidy ran in the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.

Bruton’s opening drive started at its 23-yard line after quarterback Adam McMillion received the ensuing kickoff.

The Panthers went 12 yards before punting the ball to York.

The Falcons scored again on a 68-yard scoring drive, capped off by Cassidy’s touchdown run. The extra point by Zach Eagle made the score 15-0.

Dropped passes hurt Bruton and York’s secondary was tough throughout the first half as the Falcons surged to a 43-0 halftime lead.

Bruton senior Josh Uvodich began the second half with a 67-yard scoring run to account for Bruton’s points. The Panthers’ two-point rush attempt stalled in the backfield and they trailed 43-6.

On the ensuing kickoff, York wide receiver Jayden Flood-Brown caught a touchdown pass on the first play of the drive and Eagle added the extra point. The Falcons added another score with seven seconds left in regulation, but did not attempt the extra point.

Roberts can be reached at 757-604-1329 or on Twitter @SPRobertsJr.

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