By Jack Jeffrey | Pinewood Prep Contributor
Cardinal Newman will make the trip down to Summerville on Friday to take on the Pinewood Panthers in a region matchup.
Both teams are coming off losses, Cardinal Newman falling to First Baptist 42-7, and Pinewood falling to Wilson Hall 30-14. Neither team has found their groove this season.
Cardinal Newman sits at a respectable record of 2-3 on the year, but at this point in the season last year they were 4-1. Cardinal Newman will look to bounce back in a big way.
Pinewood Prep has started the year 0-5 and it has certainly been a rough season for the Panthers up to this point. The Panthers are coming off of their best effort yet, and will have their fans to back them up when they square up against the Cardinals. “You always want to end the season on a positive note. That’s what high school student’s will remember. Hopefully that improvement we saw at Wilson Hall will carry over to this weekend,” said Panthers head coach Michael Wright, ahead of the game.
Injuries have been a big part of Pinewood’s 2019 campaign. They’ve seen injuries at quarterback, running back, and even kicker this season. The biggest question marks they are facing this week however, come at the offensive line. Jackson Murphy, the Junior center, and captain looks to make a return, but fellow captain and offensive tackle, Lex King, will be sidelined with a concussion.
Pinewood is also without their other starting tackle Logan Stern, who is likely to miss the rest of the season with a broken finger. Pinewood will be testing their depth to say the least and they will need their more inexperienced players to step up. “It’s hard to replace the line. Any time you have guys who have been there for long periods of time and they have good continuity and they understand all of the various schemes, its hard to just plug in anyone else. We’re gonna have to keep playing though, and these young guys are going to have to be quick studies,” Coach Wright commented about the line.
With five games left in the season Pinewood is still hungry for a win. There is a feeling in the locker room that the season is not yet over. After finishing the season with a 1-9 record last season, they have their eyes set on outdoing last year’s team.
The Panthers understand they are not the favorites but they will be looking to play spoiler. “Cardinal Newman has always had really good, tough, teams,” Coach Wright noted. “They’ve always had really fast teams and looking at them on film, they have an allotment of seniors that decided to come out for their last year, so they will have that boost. It’s going to be a tough game but we have to find a way to hang in there.”
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