In the season opener on Thursday, August 29, the Panther Junior Varsity football team built a 16-0 lead in the first half, but fell 16-19 in the final minutes of the game on a Canyon Lake field goal.
Panther defensive lineman Joe Lopez recovered a Hawk fumble to set up the first Blanco touchdown. Ryan Ronces scored the 6 points on a 5 yard carry. Quarterback Jordan Wagner tossed a pass to Chase Horton for the 2 point conversion.
On Canyon Lake's next possession, Lopez again made a big defensive play, intercepting the ball from a Hawk player and running the 50 yards for a touchdown, Ronces ran the ball in for the 2 point conversion. The Panthers led 16-0 at the half. The Hawks scored 2 touchdowns and the 2 point conversions in the 4th quarter to tie the game 16-16. Then with 1:12 remaining in the 4th quarter, the Hawks kicked a 30 yard field goal to take the lead. The Panthers were unable to score in the last minute, leaving the final score at 16-19 in favor of the Hawks.
Outstanding tackles were made by James Rodrigues, Wes Eskew, Joe Lopez, John Caldwell, Kyle Arnold, Kameron Martinez, Aaron Uballe, Ross Edwards, and Gus Martinez. Chase Horton and Ryan Ronces ran the ball for the Panthers.
The Panthers travel to Comfort this Thursday, September 5th.