2016-09-29 / Sports

Panthers fall prey to Thunderbirds, 26-0


Nouvel Panther Alexander Wrobel runs through the Thornwood special teams unit and returns the ball to the Thunderbirds’ 33 yard line on Sept. 23. Nouvel Panther Alexander Wrobel runs through the Thornwood special teams unit and returns the ball to the Thunderbirds’ 33 yard line on Sept. 23. The Nouvel Catholic Central football team lost to Thornwood 26-0 on Friday, Sept. 23. Thornwood came from South Holland Illinois, just south of Chicago. The Thunderbirds play in the Southwest Suburban conference and have a student population over 5,000, ninth-12th grade.

Nouvel and Thornwood held each other scoreless in the first quarter, then at 9:31 in the second, the Thunderbirds intercepted a Panthers pass on their own 23 yard line and returned it for the score, and the 6-0 lead.

The Thunderbirds scored again with 1:16 left in the half, on a fourth-andgoal from the 15 yard line. Thornwood went for the score and connected on a pass for the 12-0 advantage at the half.

The Thunderbirds opened the second half with the ball and drove the field for the touchdown and got the two point conversion to go up 20-0.


Tyler Sprague fields the ball off a bounce on a kick return for Nouvel on Sept. 23 against Thornwood. Tyler Sprague fields the ball off a bounce on a kick return for Nouvel on Sept. 23 against Thornwood. Thornwood got its final touchdown with 4:11 left in the game with another fourth down pass from the five yard line for the 26-0 final.

Nouvel coach Mike Boyd said the Panthers had difficulty moving the ball because of the Thunderbirds speed, but said, “We can learn a lot on both sides of the ball from this game; it will make us a better team the next couple of weeks.”



Tate Hausbeck rolls out and fires the pass for the Panthers in their Sept. 23 game against Thornwood. Tate Hausbeck rolls out and fires the pass for the Panthers in their Sept. 23 game against Thornwood.

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