After a quick 2 and 0 start to the season and then dropping their final 2 non-district games to end their non-district schedule at 2 and 2, the Blanco Panthers looked to open District 27-AA with a victory over state-ranked Rogers. Although the majority of the first half proved to be a close game, the Eagles scored 27 unanswered points to pull away with a 40 to 20 victory and drop the Panthers to 2 and 3 on the season and 0 and 1 in district play.
As the game began, the first quarter belonged to Rogers, with the Eagles scoring on runs of 8 and 64 yards to take a 13-0 lead at the end of the quarter. However, the Panthers answered in the second quarter with John Hodge returning a fumble 43 yards for Blanco’s first score and then Logan Dodd adding a 2-yard TD run just 6 minutes later to cut the score to 13-12. However, with just 18 seconds remaining in the half, Rogers scored on a 65-yard run to make the halftime score 19-12.
With all the momentum going into the half, the Eagles returned and scored three more times on runs of 2, 23 and 15 yards while also converting a 2-point conversion and a PAT. Blanco managed to score the final TD of the game when QB McKay Adamson connected with Logan Dodd on an 8-yard pass play. Adamson then hit John Cove Chick for the 2-point conversion to make the final score 40 to 20 in favor of Rogers.
Offensively, Blanco picked up almost 300 yards on the night in total offense and 11 first downs, with Adrian Dominguez leading the way on the ground with 85 yards on 18 carries. McKay Adamson added 115 yards through the air as he completed 6 passes to Logan Dodd, John Cove Chick and Colton Elrod.
Defensively, the Panthers held the Eagles to just 11 first downs and 0 yards passing in addition to forcing 1 turnover. However, Rogers rolled up 462 yards on the ground to control the game.
Blanco will return home this week for homecoming as they host the Schulenburg Shorthorns. The Shorthorns are currently 2 and 0 in district play after big wins over Johnson City and Randolph. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm.