The Panthers’ homecoming game for 2012 was spoiled by the visiting Titans, who led nearly the entire game although it was by only a point until a clinching score in the final minutes.
The contest came down to a handful of key fourth-down plays. The Panthers drove to the Titans’ 15 in the second quarter only to be stop inches short of a first down on fourth-and-1. The same fate befell Starr’s Mill midway through the fourth quarter when, down 7-6, the Drew defense stiffened on a fourth-and-2 play on the Titans’ 26.
From there the Titans drove for the game’s final score, bolstered by a conversion on fourth-and-1 at the Starr’s Mill 43. Two plays later, Jordan Metts raced 36 yards down the left sideline to the 4, and Lester Knauls took the ball up the middle on fourth-and-goal from the 1 to put seal the victory for Drew.
The Titans’ Marquis Terry scored the game’s first touchdown on an 8-yard run with 4:00 to play in the first quarter. Daniel Rorick of Starr’s Mill nailed a 30-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter, and that was the extent of the scoring for the remainder of the first half and all of the third quarter, during which time the two teams combined for nine punts.
Rorick put the ball through the uprights from 40 yards out with 11:08 to go in the game to make the score 7-6, and the Panthers picked up some more momentum along with a Drew fumble to give them back the ball on the Titans’ 41. That drive, and the home team’s chances, ended with the aforementioned stop on fourth down that led to Drew’s final score.