For the second consecutive year, the Blanco Panthers were part of a high scoring shoot out with the San Antonio Christian Lions. Last year’s game saw the Panthers come out on top after 3 overtimes. However, this year’s outcome favored the Lions, as SACS held on for a 49 to 42 win.
SACS opened the scoring in the first with a 54-yard TD run. Following a successful PAT, the Lions led 7 to 0. The Panthers answered on their ensuing drive, going 61 yards in 7 plays, as QB Sam Isenberg would connect with SE Quin Dillard on a 45 yard pass play. Aikman Elrod tied the score at 7 with his extra point kick. However, with just 30 seconds remaining in the opening quarter, the Lions regained the lead on a 29-yard TD pass. After the PAT split the uprights, the score at the end of the first quarter was 14 to 7 Lions.
The second quarter continued to see both teams trade TDs, with Blanco scoring first on a 92-yard interception return by Alex Palos. Elrod kicked the PAT and tied the score at 14. SACS would answer, though just 3 minutes later returning a Blanco punt 74 yards for the score to regain the lead at 21 to 14 after the extra point. The Panthers’ defense tied the game in the same fashion; it started the second quarter with Colton Childress doing the honors this time on a 37-yard interception return. Elrod achieved his 3rd consecutive PAT to tie the game at 21. With less than 2 minutes remaining in the half, SACS managed to cover 71 yards in just 2 plays to regain the lead on a 39- yard run. Following their fourth successful extra point attempt, the Lions led 28 to 21 with 1:10 left in the half. While SACS hoped to go into halftime with a lead, the Panthers answered on their next drive, covering 60 yards in 5 plays to score on a 15 yard pass play from Isenberg to Dillard. Elrod followed up with his fourth PAT to tie the game after two quarters of play. The game-tying score would be set up by a 47-yard pass play to Alex Palos.
The third quarter would see the Panthers take the lead for the first time on a Tim Goodman 55-yard run. Although SACS would block the PAT, Blanco would lead 34 to 28. Blanco’s lead, however, was short-lived as the Lions scored on a 45-yard pass play to complete a 10-play drive. After the extra point kick, SACS regained the lead at 35 to 34 at the end of the third quarter.
The final quarter of play saw Blanco regain the lead, with Isenberg passing to Childress for a 25 yard TD. Isenberg then found TE Ian Ray for the two-point conversion to give Blanco a 42 to 35 lead with 5:22 left in the game. As the Panthers looked to run out the clock, a fumble and quick score by the Lions on a 36- yard pass play and then again, just three minutes later after forcing the Panthers to punt, SACS regained the lead on a 6- yard TD pass. After converting both PATs, the Lions held on to a 49 to 42 victory.
Offensively, Blanco generated 169 yards on the ground, with Tim Goodman leading the way with 153 yards on 20 carries, while through the air Sam Isenberg connected on 9 of 15 passes for 200 yards to 5 different receivers. Quin Dillard would lead Blanco in receptions and yards with three catches for 83 yards.
Defensively, the Panthers allowed 20 first downs and just over 500 yards to a balanced Lions attack. Blanco forced four turnovers, with Childress picking off two passes, along with Palos’ interception and a fumble recovery by Britton Wagner.
At 2 and 2 on the season, Blanco will be open this week as they prepare for their homecoming district opening game against state ranked Rogers on Friday, October 5th. Kick-off is set for 7:30 pm at Panther Stadium.