By Ray Hamill — The McKinleyville Panthers got their first win of the season on Friday night, holding on to beat Fort Bragg 21-15.
Despite giving up an 80-yard touchdown on the opening kickoff, the Panthers had the better of exchanges the remainder of the game, holding the Timberwolves offense without a score until late in the fourth quarter.
Both the offensive and defensive lines set the tone for the home team, paving the way for a productive night running the ball.
In particular, senior fullback Kyler Carr proved to be a handful for the visiting defense, scoring on a pair of touchdown runs, including a wonderful 27-yard run through the entire Fort Bragg defense for what would prove to be the winning touchdown.
Jack Patton got the scoring under way for McKinleyville in the first quarter, as the Panthers responded to the early setback by immediately marching 55 yards on eight plays and scoring on a QB sneak.
Carr finished the game with 152 yards on 24 carries, scoring two TDs and a two-point conversion.
Defensively, Thomas Locatelli had four tackles for a loss and eight total, while Velid Mujezinovic had a fumble recovery and seven total tackles, two for a loss.
It had been a year to the day since the Panthers last won a game, on the road at Elsie Allen, and the victory ended an eight-game losing skid.
For a full game report, see Panthers, Bosnian Bear frustrate the Timberwolves …