Heading into the bye week and ahead of the upcoming district matchups, Ludlow Head Coach Rick Hornsby wanted his Panthers team to improve. Mission accomplished.
“We were talking all week about wanting to be 4-2. We haven’t been there in a long time... that was our goal," Hornsby said. “We wanted to be on a high note going into our district game.”
While his team will receive a few days off, they will be back at it later next week making initial preparations for Dayton. But they could not afford to put the proverbial cart before the horse. Friday, they didn’t.
Ludlow took advantage of an early Berea mistake, then overcame one of its own, to take an early lead on the visitors Friday night at James Rigney Stadium.
Berea junior running back Joshua Lamb fumbled deep in their own territory after being sandwiched by two Ludlow defenders. On the Panthers’ ensuing possession, Ludlow sophomore quarterback Devlin Carter rolled to his left all the way to the end zone, but it was called back due to a holding penalty.
Ludlow’s momentum could not be deflated. A few plays later, Carter again ran to his left as the pocket broke down and found an open Michael Camarena streaking across the end zone for a long touchdown, putting Ludlow on the board, 7-0.