David Henne connected with Jordan Ownley for a pair of touchdown passes, but it wasn’t enough for Pasquotank to offset the Gates ground game in a 39-14 loss on Friday.
The loss for the Panthers was their 11th straight dating back to last season.
Pasquotank (0-2) turned the ball over five times, including four interceptions from Henne. Receiver and defensive back Michael Cowell left the game in the second quarter with an arm injury and did not return.
“That kind of limited us,” said Panthers coach Kendrick Parker.
Pasquotank had a promising start to the game, scoring on its opening drive as Henne found Ownley for an 11-yard touchdown pass. Ownley finished the game with more than 100 yards receiving, catching a 16-yard pass from Henne in the fourth quarter to score his second touchdown in the game.
Parker said the Panthers were punished by Gates’ ground game, and their own miscues. The Red Barons led 19-7 at the half and were up by 20 points by the end of the third quarter.
“A lot of times we let them get outside of our contain guy,” Parker said. “We just weren’t disciplined in that aspect on defense. The offense had chances to do good things, but we turned the ball over five times.”