North Penn-Mansfield defeats Bucktail Bucks, 48-14

RENOVO – The Bucktail Bucks played host last night to North Penn-Mansfield, a team that knocked off the Bucks 61-0 a year ago.

The Bucks took their surprising 3-2 record into last night’s game where a rainy first half saw the Panthers start where they left off last season.

North Penn-Mansfield used 22 offensive plays in the first quarter to jump out to a 34-0 lead with 23 seconds left in the quarter.

The speed and power of the Panthers would be a challenge for Bucktail on any night, but the team has suddenly found themselves in unfamiliar territory – particularly on offense.

Where a once three-headed running back attack paced the offense, the Bucks have lost freshman Gage Sutliff for the season to injury. Bucks Tanner Riggle and Blake Cannon remain, with Riggle himself slowed down from a lower body injury.

After Riggle’s 19 carries for 293 yards performance last week over St. Joseph’s Academy, it was obvious that the Panthers weren’t going to allow the junior any space last night.

With the offense rolling up 34 points in the first twelve minutes, the defense actually held Riggle to negative two yards in the first quarter.

The Bucks managed to get on the board mid-way through the second quarter when Richard Perry rolled out and found his favorite receiver Logan Long for a 13 yard touchdown. The night, however, belonged to North Penn-Mansfield as they rolled on to a 48-14 win.

“We got out of this one relatively injury free, we’ll get back to the drawing board on Monday and put together a game plan for Sayre next Friday,” said Bucktail coach Bruce Ransom following the game.

Next week marks Homecoming 2018 for the now 3-3 Bucks.