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Will Melvin tackles Jamie Bryant during Saturday’s Bearcats/Panthers game                                        

MERIDEN, CT- In another Southern Division slugfest, the Connecticut Bearcats used an early lead to hold off the feisty Connecticut Panthers 16-8. “This was a battle like always” said former player and current Bearcats Defensive Coordinator Court Sutherland, “we’ve matched up pretty evenly for years; today was no different; we just got out early and held on”.

The Bearcats opened scoring in the first half behind a 35 yard strike from Ryan Falagurra to his brother Conner over a Panther defender. Later in the half, Montrell Dobbs found the end zone to give the Bearcats a 16-0 lead going into the half.

The second half saw both teams battle in the trenches and exchange possessions. The Bearcats lead made the Panthers abandon their run game and but pressure on both Tim Rush and Jamie Bryant to throw the ball against the Bearcats secondary. For the third consecutive week the Bearcats held an opposing passer to less 75 yards in the air. “We’ve been playing well the last few weeks” said Sutherland, “we just hope to keep this going through the second half of the season”.

A fourth quarter run by Shante Wynn put the Panthers on the board but was too late to comeback against the Bearcats. The loss gives the Panthers a 2-3 record and places them towards the bottom of the standings. “We have to get this right over the next few weeks” said Jamie Bryant, “we’re real close to breaking out but can’t get over the hump”.

Week 5 Recap - Bearcats at PanthersB
The Falagurra brothers celebrate after a first half touchdown

BOXSCORE

TEAMS 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q FINAL
Bearcats 8 8 0 6 16
Panthers 0 0 0 8 8

 

CONNECTICUT BEARCATS

PASSING Completions Attempts Yards Touchdowns Interceptions
Rich Snowden 4 7 81 0 0
Ryan Falaguerra 5 9 60 1 0

 

RECEIVING Catch Yards TD’s Catch Yards TD’s
Conner Falaguerra 5 110 1 Tremaine Barnes 2 10 0
Smalls 1 9 0 KJ Ellison 1 12 0

 

RUSHING Rush Yards TD’s Rush Yards TD’s
Rich Snowden 1 3 0 Montrell Dobbs 11 62 1
Conner Falaguerra 2 12 0 Justin Wilson 5 28 0
Jerhome Bunch 5 32

 

DEFENSE STAND OUTS Tackles Sacks INT Misc.
Gerald Patrick 4 ½ 0
David Reese 2 1 0 Forced fumble
James Martin 2 1 0
Will Melvin 4 0 1
Tevon Moye 2 0 1
Raheem Stanley 4 1 0

 

SPECIAL TEAMS
N/A

 

CONNECTICUT PANTHERS

PASSING Completions Attempts Yards Touchdowns Interceptions
Tim Rush 4 15 25 0 1
Jamie Bryant 3 7 14 0 0

 

RECEIVING Catch Yards TD’s Catch Yards TD’s
Corey Robinson 4 22 0 Jamie Bryant 2 11 0
Josh Padilla 1 6 0

 

RUSHING Rush Yards TD’s Rush Yards TD’s
Jamie Bryant 2 17 0 Shante Wynn 6 28 1
Mike Thomas 5 28 0 #47 1 7 0
#11 1 1 0 C.DesRuiessiuex 1 4 0

 

DEFENSE STAND OUTS Tackles Sacks INT Misc.
Moose Welch 3 1 0
Keith Pratt 3 Pass Deflection
Tim Pratt 5 0 0

 

SPECIAL TEAMS
Jamie Bryant 75 total return yards
Shante Wynn 58 total return yards

 

TOTAL OFFENSE

OFFENSE Rush Plays Rush Yards Passing Plays Passing Yards TOTAL OFFENSE
Bearcats 24 137 16 141 40 plays/ 278 yards
Panthers 16 85 22 39 38 plays/ 124 yards


 

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