Football: Panthers lose shoot out to N.C. Wesleyan on Senior Day

Football: Panthers lose shoot out to N.C. Wesleyan on Senior Day

LaGrange and N.C. Wesleyan had a shoot out Saturday in a USA South game at Callaway Stadium. The visiting Bishops spoiled Senior Day with a 48-31 win over the Panthers.

Seniors Bo Anderson, Ryan Holland, Wesley Hughes, Larry Murdock, Shaun Nichols, Nick Raszeja, and Nick Rowell were honored before the game. 

Sophomore quarterback Connor Blair had a record-setting day for the Panthers (2-6, 2-3 USA South). Blair set a new school record of 460 yards passing, breaking Graham Craig's mark of 450 set in 2013 against Birmingham-Southern. He had touchdown passes of 30, 55, and 58 yards in the game.

Junior receiver Marsalis Jackson had a team-high 118 yards on six catches and a touchdown. Junior Ervens Oge had a team-high seven receptions for 110 yards. Lavelle Meeks had 84 yards on three catches and a touchdown. T.J. Anderson's only catch of the game and first of the season went for 55 yards and a touchdown.

The Bishops (4-5, 4-2 USA South) led 24-0 in the second quarter. The Panthers cut it to 24-10 on a 21-yard field goal by Zack Kudwa and Blair's 30-yard touchdown strike to Jackson. The Bishops took a 31-10 lead into halftime.

Anderson's touchdown made it a 34-17 game with 9:37 left in the third quarter. The Panthers closed out the scoring in the fourth quarter on a 14-yard run by Nick Searcy and Meeks' turning a short pass completion into a 58-yard scoring play for the 48-31 final score.

Freshman Royce Owens had 12 tackles for the Panthers. Junior Brandon Penn's interception made him the school's career leader with seven. Marcus Valentine also had an interception in the game. 

The Panthers close out the 2015 season with a USA South game at Methodist next Saturday.