The Gulfport Admirals couldn’t overcome four turnovers in Friday night’s 28-21 loss at Petal.
The two schools traded shots much of the night with Petal jumping ahead 7-0. Gulfport (1-1) responded with a 6-yard touchdown run from T.Q. Newsome but still trailed 7-6.
After Petal (1-1) went on a run, pushing its lead to 21-6, the Admirals responded with one of their own.
Karlos Dillard scored on a 3-yard run and Newsome found the end zone for the second time on a 2-yard score. Newsome’s second score, which tied the game 21-21, was set up by a Carlos Thomas interception.
Late in the fourth quarter the Panthers missed a 35-yard field goal but the Admirals fumbled on their own 7 and the Panthers cashed in with the decisive score.
Gulfport returns to the field Saturday when the Admirals visit Archbishop Rummel in Metairie, Louisiana.
Gulfport returns to action Saturday at Archbishop Rummel in Metairie, Louisiana.