LAUREL – The St. Vincent Pallotti Panthers made the Avalon Black Knights their latest victim in a 23-20 win Monday evening.With the win, the Panthers remain undefeated (4-0). “We’re going to be champions this year, I’m saying that,” said lineman Chris Mullins. Head coach Rick Peacock is not looking that far ahead, but he said […]
LAUREL – The St. Vincent Pallotti Panthers made the Avalon Black Knights their latest victim in a 23-20 win Monday evening.
With the win, the Panthers remain undefeated (4-0).
“We’re going to be champions this year, I’m saying that,” said lineman Chris Mullins.
Head coach Rick Peacock is not looking that far ahead, but he said he is proud of the way his team played against Avalon. Peacock said he wanted to test Avalon’s defensive line and see if they could stop the rushing attack.
“We just figured they were very good, athletic wise, in their secondary,” Peacock said. “And we just said we’re going to see what they’re made of up front.”
The Panthers rushed for 165 yards on the day and scored all three of their touchdowns on the ground. Jaret Patterson rushed for 101 yards on 21 carries and finished with two of the three touchdowns on the ground. His brother, James, rushed for the other touchdown on the ground.
“We’ve been preaching to our offensive line, we haven’t been doing well offensively over the last few games,” Peacock said. “We came out of our shell and worked it out.”
Peacock said Jaret Patterson was the best player on the field for either team and gave a tremendous effort on every play.
“Just guts, man,” Peacock said. “Him and his brother, James, both, we run right behind them. They’re tough, they’re intelligent and they’re the heart and soul of this team.”
The Panthers’ defense also came up big to help the team beat the Black Knights, forcing three turnovers with two interceptions and a forced fumble.
Linebacker Justin Mulbah forced the final turnover—a sack and fumble—that sealed the game for Pallotti.
Mulbah said as long as each player is doing their job, playing defense is easy.
“We get in our own way sometimes,” Mulbah said. “We’re a very young team. The only thing we have to do is our job.”
Mullins, a senior, said he is proud of how far Pallotti’s program has come since his first season.
“This program has been through so much stuff. I remember, my first two years were horrible—I’m not going to lie,” Mullins said. “But, at the end of the day, I’m happy to be a Pallotti Panther. I’m happy to go through the struggle, and I’m happy to be here.”