All of this offset a tough night holding onto the football for Beverly, which suffered 10 fumbles (mostly on center/quarterback exchanges), but losing only one. All told, there were 16 fumbles in the game.
"On a less-than-ideal night, we made the adjustments and changes we needed to at halftime and got back to doing what we wanted to do," said Beverly head coach Dan Bauer. "I really thought we stepped up defensively in the second half, and the line did a terrific job (offensively) as the conditions got worse, allowing our backs to break through for big yardage."
Linebacker Luke McDonald and cornerback Ryan Shipp were among the Panther defenders who were ball hawks for most of the night, while defensive end Mike Dooling continually got good push up front and allowed his linebackers to rush through the Winthrop line and make plays.
Winthrop (1-3), which kept the Beverly defense on the field for long stretches in the first half, took the momentum into halftime when sophomore QB Dylan Driscoll hit freshman Reise Turransky with a 20-yard fade for a score. But the Vikings couldn't build off that over the final 22 minutes and fell victim to the Panthers' powerful, quick-strike attack.
Beverly backup quarterback Nick Manthorne, playing in place of starter Dave Rollins (mono), got the only pass his team threw, grabbing a 6-yard completion from captain Dom Abate on a double reverse handoff.