ST.LOUIS- – The Hesperia Panthers couldn’t keep momentum rolling from their week one victory as they fell to St. Louis on the road, 16-6.

Hesperia had to rely on their passing game, as it became clear that running the ball wasn’t going to work. Skyler Stalbaum and Witte combined for just 37 yards on the ground on 16 carries.

The Panthers biggest problem was maintaining possession of the football. First-year starting quarterback Kohen Witte struggled mightily, throwing four interceptions. Witte threw for 94 yards and a touchdown.

Ian Fox was the Panthers’ top receiver, hauling in four catches for 62 yards and a touchdown. Thor Klaus caught five passes for 20 yards.

Defensively, Hesperia turned in a solid performance. Klaus led the way in tackles with six and was followed by five tackles from Stalbaum, Blake Hernandez, Eli Edens and Wyatt Roberson. Hernandez also tallied a sack.

Taking away the football also proved to be a strength. The Panthers recorded three forced takeaways. Roberson recovered a fumble while Fox and Trevor Weiss came up with interceptions.

Hesperia will look to rebound when it hosts White Cloud at 7 p.m. Friday.