Hendryx noted field position hampered his squad throughout the second half. The Panthers’ kickoff unit routinely pinned the Tigers deep.
Richmond finished 19 of 32 passing for 185 yards with one TD and two interceptions for the Tigers. Michael Plummer had 76 yards and a TD on 21 rushing attempts, but the Panthers had him under wraps in the second half.
“Give [the Tigers] all the credit — they had us on our heels completely in the first half with great play calling,” Andrews said. “They were mixing it up. At the same time, they were in complete rhythm. It was one of those things where it didn’t matter what we were in, they were going to dial it up.”
Andrews noted the Panthers finished the opening half on a decent note, forcing turnovers on the Tigers’ final three drives before halftime.
“Our kids were able to settle down in the second half. ... Certainly, I don’t think [the Tigers] were in the rhythm they were in in the first half, but I think we also settled down and started to settle in some of our zones that helped,” he said.
Jake Stout had a big game for the Panther defense, picking off two passes.