PORTVILLE, NY -- The Portville Panthers failed to piece together any offensive momentum during a 38-10 loss to the Salamanca Warriors Friday night at Portville Central School.
The Panthers were looking to begin the 2017 season with a win, but the chances of a victory appeared slim from just after the opening kickoff.
Beginning with an Ira John 51-yard kickoff return for Salamanca, the Warriors found the end zone two plays later when Braden Siebert ran the ball in for a 13-yard touchdown.
Throughout the first half, Salamanca dominated the offensive attack, adding two more touchdowns, while the Warriors defense held the Panthers to a score of 18-2.
Portville’s only numbers on the scoreboard during the first half came after Brandon Murray drew a safety in the Salamanca end zone.
Shortly after, Panthers’ senior starting quarterback Kyle Murray left the game with an ankle sprain late in the first quarter, dampening the squad’s offensive attempts.
Into the second half, Portville was unable to stop the Warriors’ offense. The Panthers allowed three more touchdowns and a two-point conversion, while only finding the end zone once after a touchdown run by senior DJ Hlasnick.
“We fell short by putting our heads down when they scored,” said Murray.
“We made mental errors and a couple of bad plays that kept us out of the game,” he added. “Monday and Tuesday, we are going to put our heads back into it and get ready for Allegany (-Limestone).”
Friday’s win marked the end of a 16-game losing streak for Salamanca, dating back to 2014.
After failing to win a game during the 2016 regular season, the Panthers look to put a stat in the win column Friday when they head out on the road to face conference opponent Allegany-Limestone.