Riverside entered the season optimistic, after bouncing back from a one-win season to the second round of the playoffs. Starting with two wins, it looked like the optimism was well-founded but the Panthers have now lost three straight and currently sit outside the playoffs.
Friday, the Panthers host Union - the team right ahead of them – so it's about as big a game as has been played at Memorial Stadium in a while.
The drastic change, though, hasn't been any mystery. The Panthers are led by senior quarterback Jason Dambach, who has already thrown for over 1,400 yards and 15 TDs. The difference has been injuries to the running back corps that has left defenses to concentrate only on Dambach.