Blanco’s game with Mountain Valley was canceled last week due to a lightning storm, but the 8th grade Panthers displayed some lightning of their own this past week when they stormed over the Ingram Warriors by racking up over 400 yards of offense and 52 points.
After being denied a touchdown [on a 97 yard kickoff return by Chase Horton] because of a penalty, the Panthers had to start their first drive on their 8-yard line. The drive began with a handoff to running back Adrian Dominguez up the middle for 4, then to running back Chase Horton for 9, then a reverse to running back Eddie Torres for 78 yards and Blanco’s first touchdown, extra point good, Panthers lead 8-0. It only took a couple of plays before Blanco’s offense was back on the field thanks to a Warrior fumble recovered by defensive tackle Brock Bonner. This drive started at their 38 with a pitchout to Dominguez for 14 yards, a handoff to Horton for 5, and then Dominguez finished the drive with a run up the middle for 44 yards and Blanco’s 2nd touchdown, extra point missed, Panthers lead 14-0. The Panther defense stayed on the field a little longer during Ingram’s next possession, but the Warriors eventually had to punt and Blanco took over on their 48. This possession started with Horton running to the right side for 12 yards, and then it was Eddie Torres running off tackle to the left for 40 yards and Blanco’s 3rd touchdown, extra point good, Panthers lead 22-0. The Warriors next drive began at their 23 and after 2 plays they executed a play that went for 70 yards and their first touchdown, extra point good, Panthers lead 22-8. The Panthers next drive began at their 30 with a quick pass from Quarterback Jordan Wagner to Eddie Torres that went for 20 yards, then a handoff to Dominguez up the middle for 9 yards, then Chase Horton ran to the left for 32 yards and another Blanco touchdown, extra point good, Panthers lead 30-8. The Warriors next drive ended early when defensive end Gus Martinez recovered the Warriors 2nd fumble of the night. Blanco’s offense picked up again on their 47-yard line. The drive began with a couple of mishaps, but on 3rd and 12 QB Jordan Wagner passed to tight end Ross Edwards and was good for 15 yards and a Blanco first down. Blanco kept the drive going this time with Trent Dechert at QB handing first to running back Ryan Ronces for 3, then tossed a 27-yard pass to Justin Williams that put the Panthers at the Warriors’ 10. A couple of plays later Ronces punched it in from the 5 yards out for a touchdown, extra point missed, Panthers lead 36-8 at half time.
Ingram received the kickoff to start the second half and began their drive just inside their 35-yard line and two plays later, a 66-yard run around the right side resulted in their second [and final] touchdown, extra point missed, Panthers lead 36-14. The Panthers’ next drive started from their 30 and with one play, Adrian Dominguez went 70 yards to give the Panthers their 6th touchdown for the night, extra point good, Panthers lead 44-14. The Warriors next drive ended quickly when defensive cornerback Trent Dechert intercepted a pass and ran it back 45 yards for Blanco’s 7th touchdown, extra point good, Panthers lead 52-14. Blanco’s kickoff team was able to pin the Warriors back on their own 17 thanks to a crushing tackle made by James Rodriguez. The Warriors drive ended when they coughed the ball up again, this time recovered by #52, Kenny Peyton. The Panther offense took over on Ingram’s 23-yard line but Ingram’s defense held and the Panthers turned the ball over on downs. Ingram took over on their 17 and made it as far as the Panther 12. The Warriors’ drive ended when corner back Justin Williams intercepted an Ingram pass at Blanco’s 3-yard line and brought it back to the 20. With under a minute left in the game Blanco simply ran out the clock to finish the game, final score Blanco 52 Ingram 14.