Panthers lose in OT in the rain

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By Claude Lewis

Mistakes in the pouring rain caught up with the Gulf Coast Panthers last Saturday night, as the Newberry Saints stole a 12-6 North American Independent Football League game from the locals at Strickland Park.

The game went overtime. The Panthers were driving for the winning touchdown, but a fumble and 65-yard return provided the Saints with the winning points.

The Panthers saw their record fall to 2-2.

Gulf Coast tied the game at 6-6 in the second quarter when quarterback Mike Padgett scored on a 20-yard keeper.

The game remained a defensive battle the entire second half.

The Panthers will play again at Strickland Park this Saturday, April 12, as the Duval Tigers come to Chiefland for a 6 p.m. start.