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Panthers defeat Generals 25-22 stealing sole possession of second playoff spot in North division

Canton, OH- Michigan Panthers quarterback Josh Love endured the worst start any quarterback could imagine Sunday evening. With the pressure of four straight losses and only completing 1 of 6 passes for 6 yards, he still trusted the game plan.

"Obviously we started slow and the line played well, but sticking to the game plan, trusting the guys, trusting Coach (Riley) and going out there and executing'' said the former San Jose State quarterback.

The next three quarters Love showed exactly what he's capable up going 15-23 for 258 yards and three touchdowns, including a 22 yard pass to former Redskins (now Commanders) receiver Trey Quinn and a 68 yard pass to receiver Joe Walker late in the fourth quarter which secured the much needed win.

Walker finished with a team high 5 catches for 121 yards.

The New Jersey Generals much like the Panthers started slow on offense and struggled to convert on third downs going 1-8 the first three quarters.

"We felt like there were some good things right off the start. We got points early in the game then went in to the doldrums. Our defense kept us in the ball game." said Generals head coach Mike Riley postgame.

"They were able to keep the ball and not give us our last shot".

New Jersey 's dual quarterback system of De'Andre Johnson and Kyle Lauletta each turned things around in the second half finding receiver Alonzo Moore for a touchdown pass.

Moore finished with a team-high 6 catches for 63 yards to go along with his two scores.

A scary moment in the fourth as De'Andre Johnson took a vicious hit from Panthers safety Kai Nacua in the upper neck area. Johnson was transported to a nearby hospital to be checked for concussion symptoms.

The Panthers with this win improved to 3-4 and now has sole possession of the second playoff spot in the North division. The Generals dropped to 2-5 with three weeks left is one game out of the second spot.

With both the Generals and the Pittsburgh Maulers winless at Tom Benson Stadium the question remains, who will get their first home win with three week left in the regular season?



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