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Anderson, Mayo make impacts for Carolina in preseason opener

Not one but two former Scappoose football players made meaningful impacts in the NFL last weekend in the preseason opener for the Carolina Panthers.

Eleventh-year veteran quarterback Derek Anderson was seven of 12 in the passing game for 83 yards and a touchdown. The 12-yard reception early in the second half capped an 80-yard drive to give the Panthers a 17-14 lead with 10:55 remaining in the third quarter.

Rookie David Mayo, who starred as a linebacker at Texas State last fall, made his debut with three tackles in the game.

Carolina fell behind in the third quarter after Anderson's touchdown, but rallied in the fourth quarter to tie the game and take a 25-24 lead on a two-point conversion with less than a minute remaining.

The Panthers will host the Miami Dolphins on Saturday, Aug. 22 before hosting the defending champion New England Patriots on Friday, Aug. 28.

The final preseason game is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3 in Pittsburgh before opening the regular season on Sunday, Sept. 13 in Jacksonville.