Posted: 7:46 pm Monday, September 6th, 2010

Quick hits from Dwyer’s 26-22 loss to Cleveland-Glenville 

By Matt Porter

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jack Daniels was asked before the game if his team would have trouble keeping its emotions in check.

“We’ll find out,” he said. “They might not be.”

Dwyer had every reason to uncheck its emotions after this one.

A national television audience saw that the Panthers scored twice on their final drive, and should have taken home a win. But the referees missed both calls — it is, in nearly every case, bad form to question officiating. In this case it must be said. They blew it — and Dwyer suffered.

From a national perspective, that was high drama. “Made for great TV, didn’t it?” asked someone in the elevator on the way down to the field. Sure it did. But the tears in the Dwyer locker room were real.

Dwyer hosts Palm Beach Gardens next week. I don’t expect that game to be close.

Some leftovers from the road . . .

– Jack Nicklaus will host the Panthers at his Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. He said no matter the outcome of the game, he would speak to the team. If there was ever a time the Panthers needed some veteran advice, it is now.

Local reaction, as expected, is that Dwyer got robbed. Lots of reaction on our website. Wonder what the watch party at Duffy’s was like.

– Nothing is ever really black and white, and of course, Dwyer deserves some of the blame. After all, the Panthers had a 22-6 lead at 2:13 of the third quarter.

Daniels pointed to poor special teams play, including an over-exuberant penalty by Curt Maggitt (barrel-rolled into the end zone after his fumble recovery) and on a punting play, a bad snap and worse recovery from Nick O’Leary (instead of booting the ball out of his end zone for a safety, he allowed Glenville to recover it for six).

None of the players knew at the time their mistakes would allow Glenville back into the game, but that’s what happened.

Also, 156 yards on 16 penalties shows that the Panthers still have a lot of work to do in that regard.

– Good things, from a Panthers perpective: Dwyer’s defense sacked Glenville QB Cardale Jones three times for 26 yards. The Panthers’ offense was able to produce in the face of a fast Glenville rush, and Dwyer’s best players (especially Brissett) showed up when they were needed most. Also notable was Shawn McClaine’s busy afternoon. He had 17 carries for 62 yards, and six tackles, including a sack and a tackle for loss.

– Random asides: I wish there was a stat crew at every high school game. And if you’re ever in Columbus, visit Jeni’s ice cream in the Arena District, and listen to 102.5-FM on Sunday nights for good indie rock.

That’s all for now. Thanks for hanging out.