Panther football fans are getting their money’s worth this season as, once again, this past Friday’s game came down to the final drive to determine the victor. Other than Blanco’s blowout win over Comfort, every other game for the Panthers has gone down to the wire with last Friday’s game at Schulenburg possibly being the most exciting as Blanco rallied from a 21-point deficit to grab the win.
The Shorthorns opened the game and the initial half dominating the Panthers and jumping out to a 21 to 0 lead behind first quarter, scoring runs of 9 and 4 yards before adding a 9-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter. Schulenburg converted all three of their points after touchdown to close out the scoring. As both teams headed to the locker room, this marked the first time all season that Blanco had been shut out in the first half of play.
As Blanco returned to the field, it didn’t take long to see that the tide had turned and the Panthers were establishing themselves as the dominant team in the third and fourth quarters. Sr. QB Sam Isenberg started the Panther comeback with an 8-yard TD pass to Quin Dillard. Aikman Elrod converted the PAT to make the score 21 to 7, closing out the third quarter. With Blanco’s defense now shutting down the Shorthorn offense, Blanco continued its rally as Isenberg connected with Colton Elrod for a 25-yard score. Aikman again added the PAT, pulling the Panthers to within 7 at 21 to 14. With time running out and the game on the line, Blanco scored again with just 1:48 on the clock as Colton Childress crossed the goal line on a 3-yard run. Childress then covered the same distance on the two-point conversion to give the Panthers a 22 to 21 lead, which the defense held onto for the win by shutting down any Shorthorn threat as time ran out.
Offensively, Colton Childress led all rushers with 114 yards on 11 carries, scoring the final 8 points for Blanco, while Isenberg connected on 4 of 8 passes for 61 yards and 2 scores. All 4 of Isenberg’s completions went to different receivers, with Childress, Dillard, Colton Elrod, and Andrew Burgess all making a reception.
Defensively, Blanco shut out Schulenburg in the second half, allowing just 4 first downs and forcing 2 turnovers.
With the victory, Blanco improves to 4 and 2 on the season and 2 and 0 in district play. The Panthers will return home this week to host Jarrell. Kick-off is set for 7:30 pm.