Starr’s Mill loses shootout to Drew 67-43

Starr’s Mill loses shootout to Drew 67-43

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Stone Kasten gets off a pass under pressure from the Drew defense. (Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)
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Colin Maguire and the Panther offensive line paved the way for 43 points in the loss.

There was no shortage of scoring in Starr’s Mill’s 67-43 loss to the Drew Titans. The scoreboard practically could’ve caught on fire as often as touchdowns lit it up on Friday night, especially the 49 point fourth quarter.
Starr’s Mill had plenty of highlights, especially offensively, despite the loss.
“We never quit,” said Starr’s Mill coach Chad Phillip. “Offensively, our sophomore quarterback gets a little better. Our freshman running backs get a little better.”
The Panther defense tried to keep pace with an extremely athletic Drew offense, but the fourth quarter saw things slip away. Starr’s Mill could not manage to keep the Titans out of the end zone on their last six possessions, including 34 points in the fourth quarter and 632 total yards for the game. Their lead running back, Marquis Teerry, finished with an amazing 393 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries, sparking the team’s 567 yards rushing.
“They were a very athletic team. They’ve got a lot of speed,” said Phillips. “We’re young. Defensively, there’s a lot of things that need to be fixed.”
Starr’s Mill’s freshman back Rico Frye had another top notch game of his own, rushing for 132 yards and a score on 18 carries, along with 56 yards and three catches.
Sophomore quarterback Stone Kasten had another strong outing, completing 16 of 27 passes for 217 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.
Satchel Goodrich starred out wide with four catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns. Terence Harper caught three passes for 50 yards and two scores.
The first quarter started slowly, compared to the rest of the scoring fest. Drew opened things with a short touchdown pass. Starr’s Mill responded with a 79-yard scoring drive. Much of the yardage was chewed up with a 3rd and nine conversion that saw Kasten hit Frye on a screen pass, Frye plowing through the defense en route to a 51 yard gain. The drive looked dead in the water with a missed snap on a field goal attempt, but Goodrich, the holder, gamely picked up the ball and the first down. Kasten and Harper connected for a 14 yard touchdown and a 7-6 lead.
The lead was traded again as Drew’s Teerry raced to the house on a 50 yard touchdown before Frye answered with a 67 yard score of his own. Teerry tallied another score, this time a one yarder, then Harper hauled in his second touchdown, this from 28 yards, to make it a 21-21 tie heading into halftime.
Starr’s Mill started the second half scoring with a Kasten one-yard run touchdown. Drew strung together consecutive scoring drives to pull back in front 33-28 heading into the final quarter.
The Panthers offense responded well. The Kasten-Goodrich connection really heated up in the final frame. First came a 24-yard pickup. The big blow was a beautifully executed slant route, Kasten hitting Goodrich in stride for an untouched 47 yard touchdown and a 35-33 lead.
Drew’s offense kicked into high gear for three straight scores and a 53-35 lead, but the Panthers weren’t giving in. Dion Munerlyn set his Panthers up with a tremendous kickoff return all the way to the Drew 15 yardline. Kasten and Goodrich’s six yard touchdown narrowed the deficit to 53-43 with four minutes to play, the last blow for the Panthers.
The 2-3 Panthers will aim to get back on the winning track with this week’s road matchup against the McIntosh Chiefs.

Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.