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October 6, 2012

Video: Panthers claw their way back into win column

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Not learning from their first fake punt attempt, the Chargers tried to do it once again. On the home side of the field, Spaur - this time on special teams - ended up with the football and ran it in for another Panther touchdown, bringing the score to 27-0. The extra point attempt failed, and the score remained there at halftime. 

As the second half opened, the Charger offense continued to struggle. When Knoxville's offense returned to the field, Dunkin took over for Davis at quarterback. His first drive was a three-and-out. On the first play of the Chargers' second possession, Bengtson was inttercepted once again by Glover. 

The Panthers were forced to punt and Blue was able to provide Chariton with a 27-yard return. Once again, the Charger offense was dominated by the Knoxville defense, capped off with a fourth-down sack by Crossett. 

Two Knoxville possessions later, Dunkin scored the Panthers' final touchdown of the night, a two-yard rushing touchdown. A late hit in the end zone by Chariton resulted in a 15-yard penalty against the Chargers on the ensuing kickoff. 

The Chargers would find the end zone, late in the game. Pape took off on a 52-yard run. Chariton successfully completed a two point conversion to bring the final score to 34-8. 

Knoxville Coach Troy Rider was pleased with his team's victory. 

"We just came out and played hard," Rider said. "We came out and we executed well, we got some of those mistakes that we've been making in terms of penalties the past few weeks. Our kids played well." 

"We played well as a team and we kind of picked it up from the past couple weeks," Crossett said. 

"It feels good to get a win under our belts finally," Spaur said. "Hopefully we can go get Norwalk next week." 

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