BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Spartans welcomed Massillon Perry to Boardman Friday night, but the Panthers and running back Jared Mercer proved to be too much for the Spartan defense, dropping Boardman 21-6.
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In a tough defensive battle, the Panthers broke the tie on a Jared Mercer two yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Following a small delay, the Panthers added to their early lead with another Mercer one yard touchdown run to make it 14-0 as the two teams headed into the locker room.
With 1:53 remaining in the third quarter Spartans finally found the endzone on a 21 yard touchdown pass from Mike O’Horo to Travis Koontz to cut the Perry lead to a single score.
Then with 2:29 remaining in the game the Panthers’ Mercer struck again from only one yard out to increase the lead to 21-6, which was enough for the Panthers to pick up the win.
Boardman (2-3) will visit Canfield in week six.