Fans arrived ready to cheer and CRF football delivered, delivering an emphatic 48-10 victory over the Long Island University Sharks at the CRF Stadium on Thursday night to begin their 2021 campaign.
Fans sensed it was going to be a good night for the Panthers when running back D’Vonte Price scored 65 seconds into the game on a rushed 68-yard play. Price had a great night and led the CRF offensively with three career-high rushing touchdowns to accompany 165 rushing yards in five carries.
The Panthers led the entire game. Quarterback Max Bortenschlager posted a career-high 266 yards and completed 14 of 17 attempted passes, including two touchdowns. Wide receiver Bryce Singleton also had a career night with 149 receiving yards on six catches.
The first half was marked by Price’s rushing touchdowns from 68 and 28 yards. Bortenschlager kept the defense honest with a 54-yard run to Bryce Singleton and another 42-yard strike on the second transfer from Tyrese Chambers who set a rushing score by Shaun Peterson, Jr.
Kick-off was delayed by around an hour due to lightning in the area, and pre-match tailgating was halted due to bad weather, but fans didn’t seem to mind.
Arnaldo Rodriguez ’05 came from North Carolina for the season opener and wasn’t going to let a little rain dampen his mood.
“I was in the first game we played and had a season ticket for many years before I moved. I always try to get to a few games each season, ”said Rodriguez, who was following with friends in tents and caught the pouring rain in the wake. “It’s always a good time. He predicted a CRF victory by a score of 35-13.
The students walked around Parkview, just happy to be together again to cheer on their team.
“I don’t understand football,” said first-year biology student Valeria Alburquerque, “but I love the excitement, coming to the game, seeing everyone come together.” Alburquerque boldly predicted a Panthers victory by a score of 4-2. She was there with fellow freshman Victoria Apparicio, a business major who understands the game better but admitted she was there for the camaraderie as well.
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The team returns to action on September 11 against Texas State.