In the second quarter of St. Frances' football game Sunday against Friendship Collegiate at Byrd Stadium, the Panthers showed the value of the old adage "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."
After the Panthers were forced to punt on their first drive of the quarter, Arizona-bound Jonathan Haden caught the ball and took off. As the Panthers brought him down, he lost the ball and Mike Bell recovered for St. Frances. Flags flew and both teams were penalized – the Panthers for a personal foul and the Knights for a block in the back.
That meant the Panthers had to punt again. What are the chances the same thing could happen on the new punt? Certainly, teeny tiny in most cases, but 100 percent in this one.
Haden again returned the punt, but several Panthers brought him down and the ball popped loose once again. This time, Christian Malik for St. Frances recovered and there were no flags.
That was one of three fumbles recovered by the Panthers in the game. Ryan Marine recovered the other two and converted one for a touchdown.
That, however, would be the only score of the game for the Panthers who fell 32-6.