Mehlville football falls 21-7 in second straight loss

By ROBERT CHALUPNY

The Mehlville Senior High School football team fell 21-7 Friday night to Lafayette for its second straight loss after a dominating performance in the season opener.

It was a tight game with a 7-7 standoff going into the half. The Panthers (1-2) scored early with 8:29 left on the clock in the first quarter.

A missed opportunity in the first half would have put the Panthers up 14-0 and potentially changed the outcome of the game. However, the Lancers (3-0) stole some of the momentum and put their own tally on the scoreboard on the next drive with 7:58 remaining in the second quarter. Deonte Robinson scored the touchdown for the Lancers.

“We were a little disappointed because we had an opportunity to score another touchdown and possibly go up 14-0 or get the field goal and go up 10-0,” Mehlville head coach Eric Myer said. “But we faltered there and it didn’t take all the momentum. The kids kept after them, but when you get an opportunity to put a team in the hole 14 points you never know what can happen. But we weren’t able to do it and they came back and scored on us.”

Lafayette came out of the locker room to start the second half and executed its game plan, scoring two more touchdowns in the third quarter. Robinson had all three touchdowns for the Lancers.

The Panthers were not able to execute their game plan in the second half. Meyer said they played hard, but they need more than heart.

“We had a decent first half, a tough second half. We just made too many mistakes. You are not going to beat a good team when you make that many mistakes,” he said.

“We played hard. We just made too many mistakes. I thought we had a chance there and we gave them a short field,” he added.

Meyer will be looking to lead his squad back to .500 as the Panthers hope to improve their record to 2-2 Friday night when they face Oakville. But the 1-2 Tigers will be looking to do the exact same thing as the two teams go head to head in a classic rivalry with these schools only separated by a couple of miles.

“I think we match up well against them if we play our game,” Meyer said about the Tigers. “Hopefully, we can come out and play well and get a win.”