Quinlan Ford loses heartbreaker at Princeton 24-28

The Quinlan Ford Panthers took a 5-0 perfect record into its first district game Friday night and a lead into the fourth quarter before Princeton grabbed the 24-28 win with the game’s final touchdown.

Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Todd Wallace said, “It was obviously an extremely disappointing loss. The guys played their guts out and put themselves in a position to win the game. However, we simply did not make the few plays that we needed to make at critical times in order to win the game. We have to learn from the mistakes that we made so that when we get in that situation again, we make those plays. Every week from here on out is a big game. The guys know that, and I believe they are up for the challenge.”

The Princeton Panthers scored first in the first quarter on a five-yard run. The PAT was good, and Princeton led 0-7.

Quinlan tied up the score in the second quarter when David Welch took the ball into the end zone on a five-yard run. Giovanni Landeverde’s PAT kick was good. The score was Quinlan 7, Princeton 7.

Linus Beierschmitt’s five-yard touchdown run put Quinlan in the lead. Landeverde’s PAT was good. The Quinlan Ford Panthers at halftime led 14-7.

In the third quarter, Landeverde’s 30-yard field goal was good and added 3 points to Quinlan’s score for a tally of Quinlan 17, Princeton 7.

Princeton added a third-quarter TD of its own but still trailed 17-14 at the end of the third period.

Princeton added another TD in the fourth quarter to take over the lead 21-17.

Quinlan came back with points of their own and the lead again when James Hoff scored on a punt fumbled and recovered for a one-yard TD.

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