Roderick Proctor's 23-yard reception on third and long led to a game-sealing touchdown vs. East Lake (2012)
No reasonable Football mind will put too much stock in the results of a spring game but it would certainly be unreasonable not to be impressed with the DP defense last night against Gainesville. The Panthers forced four turnovers and subsequently gave the offense an added lift in a 10-7 victory over the defending State Runner-Up Purple Hurricanes. Sophomore Ethan Shafer put DP on the board, 3-0, in the first quarter with a 30-yard field goal and the Panthers were in prime position to add to their lead midway through the second. Unfortunately, a fumbled pitch inside the 40 was returned by Gainesville deep into DP territory leading to a Gainesville touchdown just before the half. In the third quarter, cornerback Marvin Brown intercepted a long pass to give the Panthers possession near midfield and Roderick Proctor followed up with a 44-yard touchdown reception from Rudy Norwood to give DP a 10-7 lead. Gainesville would have two more drives to respond but fumble recoveries by Jake Barnett and Ia Wolfgramm slammed the door. DP had a tremendous opportunity to add to their lead after Deionte Gaines pulled down a 39-yard reception inside the two yard line but the drive stalled midway through the period. The Panthers will now head into their summer conditioning schedule before opening up the 2013 season on the road at Ocoee for the August 23rd Kickoff Classic.