Panther running back Sage Dugan carries the ball during Parkway’s game at Coldwater on Friday night. Dugan led Parkway in total yards, but the Cavs rolled to a 41-0 win. (DHI Media/Pat Agler)
Panther running back Sage Dugan carries the ball during Parkway’s game at Coldwater on Friday night. Dugan led Parkway in total yards, but the Cavs rolled to a 41-0 win. (DHI Media/Pat Agler)
By Nick Johnson

DHI Media Correspondent

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COLDWATER — The Parkway Panthers took the short trip down 118 to Coldwater High School to take on the number one ranked team in Division V in the Coldwater Cavaliers. The Cavs did what the Cavs were expected to do, jumping ahead early and cruising to a 41-0 Midwest Athletic Conference victory.

After a Parkway punt to start the game, Coldwater quarterback and future Eastern Michigan safety Brody Hoying twice hooked up with Neal Muhlenkamp on first down, each time for 21 yards. Hoying capped off the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run with 7:51 left in the first period. Kyle McKibben added the point after and Coldwater had a 7-0 lead.

Parkway turned the ball over on an interception, but got the ball right back on a Hoying fumble inside the Panther 10. On third down on their own six yard line, Parkway was flagged for a foul in the end zone and Coldwater was awarded a safety bring the score to 9-0.

The ensuing Cavs drive ended with a 5-yard run by Hoying to bring the score to 15-0 with 3:56 left in the first period.

The next two Coldwater drives end with scores as Hoying connected with Chris Post for 10-yard touchdown pass and in the second period. Post later scored when he ran the ball into the end zone from 6-yards out. McKibben went 1-for-2 on the extra points and it was 28-0 in the second quarter.

Later on in the period, Cory Selhorst tool the ball 12 yards to pay dirt to extend the Coldwater lead to 35-0 after the point-after. With 1:01 before the break, Hoying connected with Derek Thobe for an 8-yard touchdown pass to bring the half time score to 41-0.

“Turnovers are killer; been killing us all year (three interception tonight),” Parkway coach Dan Cairns noted. “Good teams can create a lot of that stuff, and Coldwater is a good team.”

Coldwater got the ball to open the second half and a pair of completions by Jack Hemmelgarn put the Cavs in the red zone but the Parkway defense held strong on a fourth-and-2 and forced the turnover on downs.

Parkway’s first drive of the second half was their best work of the night.

The Panthers leaned hard on tailback Sage Dugan, who carried the ball five times for 36 yards including a 12-yard rush on the first snap of the drive. That carry gave the Panthers their initial first down of the contest.

On third-and-short, quarterback Justin Barna hooked up with Dugan for a 16-yard completion and, on the next play, Barna found Kevin Flaugher for a 17-yard pass. The Panthers had worked the ball into the red zone when, on third down, Barna rolled to his right under pressure from the Coldwater defense. His throw to the back of the end zone was intercepted.

“Coldwater called off the dogs in the second half and got some young guys in there, and we did the same in the second half,” Cairns added. “We did some nice things in the second half. Stuff that we can build on for the last four games of the season.”

Coldwater improves to 6-0 on the season and 4-0 in the MAC. The Panthers drop to 0-6 and 0-4 in conference. The Panthers will travel to Versailles next Friday for week seven.

“The last four weeks of the season, I feel are all against teams that are winnable for us. So we have to come back on Monday and hit it hard so we can pick up those last four game and finish the season 4-6,” finished coach Cairns.