CARTERVILLE -- The Pinckneyville High School football team had a promising start to the season with three early wins, but needed to win its last two games to become playoff eligible.
The Panthers' postseason hopes were officially dashed Friday night with a 25-3 loss at Carterville, which will also miss the playoffs in a rarity.
Both teams are now 3-5 after Friday's outcome. Carterville finished at 2-3 in the SIRR Mississippi Division and the Panthers ended up 1-4.
Just like in the previous week's loss to Nashville, the only points for Pinckneyville came from a field goal by Ben Restoff, whose boot against the Lions was from 38 yards and happened early in the second quarter.
And just like against the Hornets, the Panthers had the first lead of the game after Restoff's field goal. But the Lions took a 7-3 lead into the half and held Pinckneyville scoreless the rest of the game.
Carterville, which was holding its Senior Night, was led by quarterback Keaton Pestka with three touchdowns and 159 yards rushing with just three passes attempted on a rainy night. Pestka's touchdowns were from 38, 29 and 27 yards.
Pinckneyville was held to 160 yards of offense in the loss and gave up a touchdown to the Carterville defense -- a 90-yard interception return by Dylan Moore.
Hunter Riggins ran the ball 18 times for 53 yards and completed 5 of 9 passes for 45 more yards for the Panthers. Lucas Downard carried seven times for 41 yards and Darian Harris was held to 16 yards on seven attempts.
Pinckneyville finishes the season this Friday at Carlyle, while the Lions travel north to face Effingham.