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  Salem/Oregon Panthers (1998 - 2004)

 

Years of Operation: 1998 - 2004

 

Overall Record:  12-48

 

First Game: May 23, 1998 vs Oregon Thunderbolts

 

First Win: June 20, 1998 @ Eastside Chiefs

 

Final Game: Aug 28, 2004 @ Willamette Raiders

 

League Affiliation:  

 

Independent (1998)

Northwest Football League (1999 - 2004)

 

Team Headquarters: Salem, OR/Portland, OR

Owner: John Lewis

 

General Manager: John Lewis

 

Coaches: Mike Eaton, Rodrigo Garcia

 

Home Field(s): Roosevelt HS

Titles Won

None

 

1998 Schedule/Results (1-2):

 

Honors

Ty Williams, 2002 NWFL Offensive MVP

 

All-League

 

Ty Williams, RB (2002 - 1st)

Cliff Green, CB (2002 - 2nd, 2001 - 1st) KR (2001 - HM)

Greg Damminga, C (2002 - 3rd)

Justen Wochnick, OT (2002 - 2nd)

Jason Loitz, OT (2002 - HM)

Kalani Mantanza, RB (2001 - HM)

Greg Gadbois, DE (2001 - 3rd)

Brandon Baxter, MLB (2001 - 3rd)

Brian Ford, S (2001 - HM)

Rob Johnson, CB (2001 - HM

Steve Gibson, P (2001 - HM)

Al Bangle, LB (2000 - HM)

Rocco Mantza, FB (2000 - HM)

 

All-America

 

Ty Williams, NFE 2002 Honorable Mention

 

Story of the Panthers:

 

As an independent team in 1998 based out of Salem, the Panthers organization

surprised everyone at the jamboree with an overtime upset of the Vikings.

 

FB Andre Harris led a rushing attack that gained 69 yards on 13 carries and would have won the game in regulation had the kicker made the trip.  The Vikings shanked a 19-yard FG attempt in overtime giving the Panthers the chance to win the game which they did on a QB option from one-yard out.

 

The Chiefs shut out the Panthers in game 2 of the preseason tournament.

During the regular season, the Panthers played only 3 games defeating the last-place team of the NWFL by 3 points in a 1-2 effort..

 

1999 was one of the worst offensive performances in Northwest history.  Oregon avoiding being shut out in all 9 games they played by scoring 6 points in their season opener.  They wouldn't score another point.  The brightest point of the season was the forfeit victory over the Eastside Chiefs who folded up early in the year.

 

The losing continued in 2000 with an 0-10 campaign but scoring became a little more commonplace.  Arguably the MVP of the season was the Panthers place-kicker who kept the shutouts at bay in at least 2 games.

 

2001 opened with a disappointing loss to the Cavaliers but led to the biggest surprise of the NWFL season; a Panther 2-game winning streak.  The Panthers found some playmakers and battled to four victories and came close to the King County Jaguars in a 4-point loss.  With five teams in the Portland/Vancouver area, the Panthers may have found a shot at playing even with the rest of the NWFL.

 

Even is what the Panthers did in 2002 playing to a 5-5 record starting an impressive 3-0 campaign that showed promise of an explosive offense with the addition of eventual NWFL Offensive MVP Ty Williams at running back who came over from the Columbia Cougars along with a number of other former Cougars.

 

After an impressive showing by Panther standards, 2003 should have been the next step to a playoff run, but 2004 looked more like 2000 as the team was a non-factor in any game it played losing all 9 by double digits.  Many of those players who had come over after the collapse of the Cougars opted to play for other Portland-area teams.

 

2004 would be the Panthers final season and they would be part of NWFL history showing the discrepancy between the top teams and bottom teams.  Sitting at 0-2 on the season, the Panthers would win their first game since July of 2002 and two weeks later, won again, defeating the Cavaliers for the second time in three years.  But sandwiched between those victories was a 99-0 beat down by eventual NWFL champion Eastside and a few weeks later West Sound would pummel the Panthers 64-0.

 

 

 

 

May 23 - Oregon Thunderbolts 22-55
June 13 - PFL Preseason Tourney  
       vs Vikings 6-0 OT; vs Chiefs 0-14
June 20 @ Eastside Chiefs 26-23
July 4 @ Washington Cavaliers 0-52
   
1999 Schedule/Results (0-9):  
June 19 - King County Jaguars 6-43
June 26 @ Pierce County Bengals 0-39
July 10 @ Oregon Thunderbolts 0-43
July 17 @ Snohomish County Vikings 0-54
July 24 - Bellingham Eagles 0-34
July 31 - Seattle Blue Devils 0-40
Aug 7 @ Eastside Chiefs W FFT
Aug 14 @ Washington Cavaliers 0-56
Aug 21 - Puget Sound Jets 0-58
Aug 28 @ King County Jaguars 0-22
   
2000 Schedule/Results (0-10):  
June 3 @ West Sound Orcas 0-31
June 10 @ Columbia Cougars 0-35
June 17 - Oregon Thunderbolts 2-35
June 24 @ Eastside Chiefs 3-40
July 8 - King County Jaguars 6-42
July 15 @ Multnomah County Buccaneers 3-46
July 22 @ Bellingham Eagles cancel
July 29 @ Puget Sound Jets 7-76
Aug 5 - Washington Cavaliers 13-24
Aug 19 - Pierce County Bengals 7-27
Aug 26 - Snohomish County Vikings 11-23
Sep 2 @ Bellingham Eagles L FFT
   
2001 Schedule/Results (4-6):  
June 9 @ Washington Cavaliers 0-28
June 23 - Eastside Chiefs 18-0
June 30 - Bellingham Eagles 20-19
July 7 @ Oregon Thunderbolts 7-27
July 14 - Multnomah County Buccaneers 0-18
July 21 @ King County Jaguars 24-28
Aug 4 @ Snohomish County Vikings 2-16
Aug 11 - Columbia Cougars 14-9
Aug 18 - West Sound Orcas 8-6
Aug 25 @ Pierce County Bengals 8-44
   
2002 Schedule/Results (5-5):  
May 11 - Willamette Valley Raiders scrimmage
May 25 @ Washington Cavaliers 42-28
June 15 - Snohomish County Vikings 34-9
June 22 - Renton Ravens 41-0
June 29 - Multnomah County Buccaneers 6-28
July 6 - Pierce County Bengals 30-7
July 13 @ Willamette Valley Raiders 14-27
July 20 @ Eastside Hawks 0-55
July 27 - Washington Cavaliers 13-0
Aug 3 @ West Sound Orcas 13-16
Aug 24 - Puget Sound Jets 0-37
   
2003 Schedule/Results (0-9):  
May 17 @ Washington Cavaliers 0-24
June 14 - Eastside Hawks L FFT
June 21 @ Pierce County Bengals 0-23
June 28 @ Multnomah County Buccaneers 0-34
July 12 - Willamette Valley Raiders 6-53
July 19 @ Washington Cavaliers 3-17
Aug 2 - Oregon Thunderbolts 0-47
Aug 9 - West Sound Orcas 0-27
Aug 16 @ Snohomish County Vikings 0-28
Aug 23 - Renton Ravens 14-49
   
2004 Schedule/Results (2-7):  
June 12 @ Oregon Thunderbolts 6-30
June 26 - Multnomah County Buccaneers 19-26 OT
July 10 - Pierce County Bengals L FFT
July 17 - Snohomish County Vikings 32-27
July 24 @ Eastside Hawks 0-99
July 31 - Washington Cavaliers 20-8
Aug 7 - Apple Valley Bucks 14-24
Aug 14 @ Renton Ravens 0-22
Aug 21 @ West Sound Saints 0-64
Aug 28 @ Willamette Valley Raiders 0-34
   
   
   
   

 

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