Gowanda-PV loses big to Southwestern

GOWANDA — A tough season for the Gowanda-Pine Valley Panthers football team continued Friday with a 62-0 bashing at the hands of Southwestern in Class C South action.

The Trojans put up 389 yards of offense in cruising to the victory over the injury-ravaged, winless Panthers. Quarterback Cole Snyder threw for four touchdowns in going 11-for-15 in passing attempts, for 225 yards. Faizan Munir ran for 127 yards on just seven carries for Southwestern.

Asked to provide offensive standouts from the game for his team, Panthers coach Sean Gabel said bluntly, “We didn’t have any.”

The coach praised the defensive efforts of Thomas McCarthy, Caleb Davis and Robbie Clutter, who had five tackles each.

Gowanda’s head man said his team has been blitzed by injuries this season, and Friday was no different.

“We lost eight kids in the first half,” he said. “We played kids in spots that they never played in before. We showed a lot of character.

“We lost four starters last week,” Gabel added. “It’s football, Week 6 — I’m not making any excuses.”

Despite the rough season, with his team falling to 0-6 Friday, Gabel said it is gratifying to see his team fight to the end.

“To watch them finish — it’s something you’re proud of as a coach,” he said.

Gowanda-Pine Valley finishes the season Friday at home. The Panthers will host Salamanca.