After a close lose at the hands of Marion two weeks ago, the Blanco Panthers bounced back in a major way defeating the visiting Comfort Bobcats 42 to 10. En route to the victory, the Panthers scored the game’s first 6 touchdowns as they improved to 4 and 4 on the season.
The first quarter of play saw just one score as QB Tanner Rogers bulled his way into the end zone from four yards out. Sr. kicker TJ Raby continued his streak of successful PATs by adding the first of 6 consecutive extra points to put the Panthers on top 7 to 0.
Blanco added two more touchdowns in the second quarter. The first came on an 8-yard run by Tim Goodman, followed by Rogers passing to Quinn Dillard for a 19-yard strike to make the score 21 to 0 at the half.
With Blanco thoroughly in control, the Panthers put the game away in the third quarter with three more touchdowns. Rogers hit Colton Childress for a quick 55-yard TD pass and then found TE Matt Pepper for a 5-yard score on the Panthers’ next possession. Then, with time running down, and deep in their own territory, Sam Isenberg would streak down the sideline for an 83-yard TD run to close out the Blanco scoring at 42.
Although the Bobcats managed to avoid the shut out with a 27-yard field goal and an 85-yard TD pass, it proved to be too little too late as Blanco improved to 2 and 1 in district play while dropping Comfort to 3 and 5 on the year and 0 and 3 in district, dashing any hopes of the play-offs.
Offensively, Tanner Rogers led the Panthers with 225 all-purpose yards and four TDs. Tim Goodman and Sam Isenberg combined to account for an additional 171 yards and 2 more scores on the ground while Colton Childress would led the receiving corps with three receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown. As a team, Blanco picked up 17 first downs and over 400 yards in offense.
On the other side of the ball, the Panthers’ defense limited the Bobcats to just eight first downs and only 1 yard rushing while forcing 2 turnovers, a Matt Pepper interception and a Britton Wagner fumble recovery.
With the victory, the Panthers are right in the middle of the play-off picture as well as the race for the district title. Blanco will be home again this week as they host state ranked Lago Vista. The Vikings enter the game at 7 and 1 overall and 3 and 0 in district following wins over Luling, Marion and Ingram. Kick-off is set for 7:30pm at Panther Stadium.