The 7th grade Blanco football team defeated the Schulenburg Shorthorns 36-8 on Thursday, October 10. Jesus Arteaga kicked off for the Panthers with Schulenburg starting on their own 40 yard line. The defense held firm with tackles by Eddie Calzoncit, Matthew Alcala, Justin Wardlow, Chris Osteguin, Zach Collins, Brandon Foth, Chance Horton, Corbin Diamond, and Tristan Fortner. Blanco took over on downs on the Schulenburg 49. Wardlow made carries of 6 yards and 18 yards. Quarterback Calzoncit added 4 yards. Cade Felps rushed for 4 yards and 5 yards on 2 carries. From the 2 yard line Calzoncit scored the touchdown on a QB keeper. The 2 point conversion attempt was no good. With 25 seconds in the 1st quarter, Blanco led 6-0.
After Arteaga’s kick off, Schulenburg’s offense took over on their own 32 yard line. On the next play a Shorthorn ball carrier scampered 68 yards for a touchdown. The 2 point conversion was good. With 11 seconds in the 1st quarter, Schulenburg led 8-6.
Wardlow returned the Shorthorn kickoff 32 yards to the Blanco 42, Fortner picked up 23 yards for Blanco. Calzoncit ran for 13, with Felps adding 14 yards.
Then from the 13 yard line, Wardlow followed his blockers to score the TD. Wardlow then rushed for the 2 point conversion. Blanco took the lead 14-8 with 4:01 in the second quarter. Following the Blanco kickoff, Wardlow stopped the Shorthorn returned on the 13 yard line. Cooper Riley, Warlow, Horton, Foth, and Felps made tackles. With 4th down on the 8 yard line, the Shorthorns punt went only to the 12 yard line. Wardlow carried the ball 7 yards for the Panthers. Felps rushed 5 yards for the touchdown and also ran for the 2 point conversion. With 33 seconds in the half Blanco led 22-8.
In their first possession of the 2nd half the Shorthorns stopped the Panthers. Then the Blanco defense stopped the Shorthorns on 4th down. The Shorthorns defense recovered a Panther fumble. The Panther defense led by Alcala, Fortner, Calzoncit, Fleps, Collins, Wardlow, and Blake Brandon again shut down the Shorthorns. The Panthers offense found their groove again with a pass from Calzoncit to Wardlow in the flat that turned into a 64 yard touchdown play. Felps rushed for the 2 point conversion. With 2:46 in the 4th quarter, Blanco led 30-8. On the kickoff Fortner made the stop on the Shorthorn at the 15 yard line. On the next play Calzoncit hit the Schulenburg ball carrier causing a fumble that was recovered by Alcala. Wardlow and Jacob Lopez made yardage for Blanco to the 5. Following a Panther fumble, Schulenburg fumbled on a hit by Wardlow with Blake Brandon recovering the ball for the Blanco touchdown. The 2 point conversion failed. With 8 seconds remaining in the game, the Panthers took the lead 36-8 which would also be the final score. The 7th grade Panther team holds a 5-0 season record.