MAYPEARL — Maypearl lost both its Homecoming and first district game in a 27-15 loss to the Blooming Grove Lions on Friday at Billy Goodloe Stadium.

The Panthers fourth straight loss dropped them to 0-1 and placed them in a three-way tie for last place in the district 9-3A standings.

Maypearl sophomore quarterback Gunner Petty had a rough night passing, tossing two interceptions and completing only 41 percent of his passes for a 9-for-23 outing.

Though Petty struggled producing through the air, he didn’t on the ground.

After a late second quarter Lions drive ended with a fumble recovered by Maypearl, Petty went the ground game to put the Panthers on the board and help his team close a seven-point gap.

Petty, through four quarters, rumbled through the Blooming Grove Lions’ defense, racking up 180 yards rushing and one touchdown.

The Panthers struggled offensively inside of the red zone completing only one of their attempts – a third quarter Robert Pinter field goal.

Despite Maypearl’s defense forcing a turnover on downs late in the first half, a missed Robert Pinter field goal left the score tied at 14.

“This is as tough as it gets,” said Maypearl head coach Tal Sanders. “We did not execute well, when it was time to make plays. You have to execute well when you get down there. We didn’t and they did.”

Though Petty struggled producing through the air, he didn’t on the ground.

After a late second quarter Lions drive ended with a fumble recovered by Maypearl, Petty went the ground game to put the Panthers on the board and help his team close a seven-point gap.

Petty, through four quarters, rumbled through the Blooming Grove Lions’ defense, racking up 180 yards rushing and one touchdown.

Though Pinter’s field goal put Maypearl ahead 17-14, two fourth quarter Blooming Grove touchdown drives spoiled the Panthers Homecoming comeback.

“We will definitely be working on execution to get ready for Mildred next Friday,” Sanders said of their fourth quarter meltdown going into next week’s showdown with Mildred High School.

“We still have a chance at district. there some other teams that have lost. The dream is not dead. We are going to pull together and win.”

Maypearl will host Mildred at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Billy Goodloe Stadium.