Panthers fall to Spartans

Pelham High School quarterback Gray Cato prepares to pass the ball during a Sept. 10 game against the Mountain Brook High School Spartans. (Contributed photo/Traci Dubberly)

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

Miscues on offense and an inability to move the ball efficiently plagued the Pelham Panthers Sept. 10 in a 35-7 home loss to the Mountain Brook Spartans.

Several botched snaps and sacks on Pelham Quarterback Gray Cato prevented the Panthers from taking advantage of key situations, said Pelham head coach Brett Burnett.

“We started out poorly, and that caused us to get down early,” Burnett said. “We just have to regroup and get back and play next week.”

Mountain Brook jumped on the scoreboard in its first drive of the game, when quarterback Edward Aldag found Gavin Golsan on a 24-yard pass in the end zone.

Kicker Warren Handrahan added the extra point, putting the Spartans up 7-0.

Mountain Brook scored again with 1:03 left in the first quarter after running back John Beck found the end zone following a 2-yard run.

Handrahan again added the extra point, putting the Spartans up 14-0.

The visiting team scored again early in the second quarter when Aldag connected with John McCrary on a 50-yard scoring pass.

Handrahan’s extra point put the Spartans up 21-0.

Mountain Brook added to its lead late in the second quarter when Mark Rector broke free of defenders and ran 22 yards to score.

Handrahan added the extra point, giving the Spartans a 28-0 halftime lead.

The third quarter saw no scores, as Pelham forced a fumble and benefited from a roughing-the-kicker penalty early in the second half.

However, Mountain Brook scored again early in the fourth quarter when McCrary caught a 42-yard pass from Aldag in the end zone.

Handrahan’s extra point gave the Spartans their final point of the game, bringing their lead to 35-0.

Following a pass interference call against Mountain Brook, Pelham’s M.J. Brown reeled in a 34-yard pass from Cato to score.

Panther kicker Cameron Haynes added the extra point, bringing the game to 35-7.