The Panther Valley Breaker Boys opened their season against the defending champion Harrisburg Sharks in Harrisburg and dropped a 33-20 decision.
The underdog Breaker Boys, who had a busy off-season picking up talented rookies Jay Torres at running back, Damian Lewis at slot receiver and adding Brock Mitchell to their two headed quarterback threat, fell behind early before the new players began to make their mark.
The Sharks got two touchdowns from running back Yanic Corbin to build a 19-0 lead.
With time winding down in the first half, Mitchell helped get the Breaker Boys on the board when he completed an eight-yard touchdown pass to reigning league receiving champion Shawn Nunemacher.
The Breaker Boys opened the second half with the longest play in their three-year history. A 47-yard pass up the seam from Mitchell to Torres that cut the Harrisburg lead to 19-14.
The Sharks struck back on a touchdown reception by wide receiver Steven Stiles, but Panther Valley again answered as Lewis went between two defenders in the end zone to catch a 22-yard TD pass from Mitchell.
That's as close as Panther Valley would get, however, as the Sharks would punch in a fourth quarter touchdown to seal the victory.
Mitchel finished 16-for-32 for 163 yards passing and three touchdowns for the Breaker Boys. Torres picked up 21 yards on the ground and 62 yards receiveing and one touchdown. Lewis hauled in seven receptions for 69 yards and a TD. On defense, rookie Steven Padillas recorded seven tackles to lead all Breaker Boys. Danny Reed added five tackles and Tony Ford had four..