Just one week earlier, mere hours before they were to take on Salem, five Yellville-Summit football players were involved in an automobile accident that left one, two-way starter and team leader Kymball Duffy, dead.
So, with their thoughts still on their mates that were not there, the Panthers gave it all they could, but in the end, the Cavemen were just too much and knocked off Yellville-Summit 34-16 in the last non-conference game for both teams.
Tyler Engleman had another outstanding evening running the football for Cave City (3-0), finishing with 152 yards and three touchdowns in the game. Fellow wingback Tyler Poulette notched 91 yards on the ground.
The Cavemen took a commanding three-touchdown lead in the first quarter of play and never looked back.
Quarterback Dillion Carpenter got things started with a 1-yard keeper for a TD with 3:25 showing on the first-quarter clock. William Boyd's PAT gave Cave City a 7-0 lead.
The Cavemen held Yellville-Summit on the Panthers' next series, forcing a punt.
That set up an eight-play scoring drive for Cave City, capped by a 1-yard blast by Engleman.
Late in the first, the Panthers tried to convert a fourth-and-6 at the Cave City 35-yard line, but the Cavemen refused to yield and took the ball back on downs.
And with 19 seconds left in the first, Engleman ran 19 yards for his second score of the quarter. Boyd's extra-point pushed the Cavemen in front 21-zip.
The Panthers used a 10-play, 80-yard drive to post their first points of the game early in the second quarter. Quarterback Timothy Hoyt hit Jesse Schefdore with a 4-yard touchdown pass at the 9:30 mark. The 2-point conversion made the score 21-8, Cave City.
Right before intermission, Cave City struck again.
A 2-yard TD jump from Thamail Morgan wrapped up an eight-play, 62-yard scoring drive for the Cavemen, giving the home team a 28-8 advantage at the break.
Cave City's defense set up the Cavemen's next score.
Poulette picked off a Hoyt pass attempt to snuff out a Panther drive.
That led to a 6-yard run from Engleman that extended Cave City's lead to 34-8.
The Panthers did get another touchdown in the game, on a 5-yard run from Anthony Hoyt. The 2-point conversion ended the evening with the Cavemen on top 34-16.