Fourth-quarter rally lifts DePauw over Panthers, 31-21

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GREENCASTLE, Ind. – Behind an 18-point fourth-quarter rally, DePauw defeated the Birmingham-Southern football team, 31-21, Saturday afternoon at Blackstock Stadium in Greencastle, Ind. The Tigers move to 4-1 on the season, while the Panthers drop to 1-4.

DePauw scored first at the 9:28 mark of the first quarter on a two-yard pass to Nick Etzcorn from Spud Dick, but the Panthers quickly tied things up at the 9:15 mark when quarterback Chandler Bares pitched the ball to running back David Langston, who made an 80-yard pass to receiver Eric Nordgren for a touchdown. Both extra points were good for a 7-7 tie to end the first quarter.

BSC scored again early in the second quarter on a pass from Bares to running back Walter Arrington, and Jared Spooner’s kick was good to give the Panthers the 14-7 lead.

The Panthers pulled ahead by another touchdown at the 4:12 mark of the second quarter on an eight-yard rush by Arrington. Spooner made the extra point to put BSC up 21-7 heading into halftime.

DePauw closed the gap at the 6:50 mark of the third quarter on a four-yard rush by Brayden Dahlstrom. The extra point was no good, bringing the score to 21-13 in favor of BSC.

Early in the fourth quarter, DePauw scored again when Jordan Havercamp rushed two yards to the end zone, bringing the score to 21-19. The Tigers then faked the extra point attempt, and Dick completed a pass to Bryan Mulligan for the two-point conversion to tie things up 21-21.

DePauw scored again at the 11:55 mark, and kicked a field goal with two minutes left in the game to pull ahead, 31-21, for the win.

Bares led the Panthers with 132 passing yards on nine completions in 19 attempts with one interception. Langston led BSC in rushing yards with 65, followed by Arrington with 62. For DePauw, Dick totaled 395 passing yards with 37 completions on 45 attempts and one interception. Mitchell Willsey led the Tigers with 50 rushing yards.

The Panthers return home next weekend to face Austin College at noon Hoover High School in Hoover, Ala.