The Stone Memorial Panther football team was defeated by the McMinn Central Chargers 34-17 Friday night to fall to 2-7 overall.
The Chargers scored the game's first two scores — one touchdown by the special teams and the other by the defense.
Colby Cook returned Stone Memorial's onside game to open the game 50 yards for a 6-0 lead. Dylan Cochran's PAT made it 7-0 with 11:50 left in the first quarter.
Stone Memorial took over at their 34-yard line, but a third-down and long pass by Panther quarterback Brady Wattenbarger was picked off for a 60-yard interception by Charger defensive back Josh Scudder to give the hosts a 13-0 lead with 8:55 left in the quarter. The PAT was good for a 14-0 lead.
Coach Mark Wattenbarger's squad took over at their 35 and marched in the distance in three plays, capped by Thomas Janow's 55-yard run. Patrick Robinson booted the PAT for a 14-0 advantage.
The Chargers later fumbled the ball, recovered by the Panthers, to lead to a Wattenbarger one-yard run with 4:52 left in the first quarter. Robinson's PAT tied the game at 14-14.
The Panther defense forced two punts by the Chargers, but the hosts would covert a SMHS fumble into a 94-run by Denzell Boyd for a TD and a 20-14 lead at the break. The PAT was no-game.
Stone Memorial took the second half kick at their 32 and drove to the Charger 10 yard line, before settling on a 20-yard Robinson field goal to slice the lead to 20-17.
The Chargers drove 60 yards to score on a five-yard run by Denzell Boyd to take a 26-17 lead. The PAT made 27-17 advantage.
Stone Memorial's next three possessions ended in two punts and one lost fumble, which led to a one-yard run by Camdin Partin for a 33-17 lead to cap a 30-yard drive. The PAT made it 34-17.
SMHS' one other possession ended in a punt; however, Larry Breeden would pick off a Charger pass late in the ball game, but the SMHS possession would end on downs.
Stone Memorial will travel to Scott County (0-9, 0-4) to close out the regular season.
(Shane Wyatt contributed to this story.)