This past Friday marked the first time Schulenburg has traveled to Blanco to take on the Panthers. Although Blanco hoped to end a three game losing streak, it was the Shorthorns who returned home keeping their perfect district record intact, while the Panthers dropped to 2 and 4 on the season and 0 and 2 in district play.
Blanco started the game with a bang, scoring on their first offensive play with Cove Chick sprinting 47 yards for the game’s first TD. Although the Panthers missed the PAT, Blanco took an early 6-0 lead. However, the score came at a cost; a leg injury would sideline Cove Chick for the rest of the game. Schulenburg bounced back on their next possession driving 78 yards in 7 plays to score on a 26 yard pass play. Following a successful PAT, the Shorthorns lead 7-6 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter saw the Shorthorns extend their lead scoring on passes of 66, 43 and 46 yards along with three successful extra point attempts. In between Schulenburg’s first two TD’s, Blanco added their second touchdown of the night on a 5 yard run by Colton Elrod. However, Blanco’s 2 point conversion pass fell incomplete and left the Panthers on the short end of a 28-12 halftime score.
The Panthers returned after halftime and took control of the third quarter, shutting out the Shorthorns and closing the gap on a 14 yard scoring run by McKay Adamson. Adamson would then connect with Colton Elrod for two points to make the score a one possession game at 28-20. However, Schulenburg answered quickly on their ensuing possession, covering 67 yards in just 3 plays to score on a 55 yard run. Following another Shorthorn PAT, the scoring ended at 35 to 20 in the visitor’s favor.
Offensively, Blanco tallied almost 300 yards on the night, with Colton Elrod and Adrian Dominguez rushing for 58 and 56 yards respectively, while Adamson completed 7 passes to Carson Kipp, Logan Dodd, Colton Elrod and Dominquez for 80 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers forced one turnover, an interception by Dru Ramirez in the second half that prevented a Shorthorn TD. However, Schulenburg did most of their damage in the first half, particularly the second quarter, to total over 400 yards and 20 first downs.
At 2 and 4 overall and 0 and 2 in district, the Panthers are still in control of their own fate and can still clinch a 3rd place play-off spot if they win their remaining 4 games or a 4th place play-off seed by winning 3 of their final 4 games. Blanco will be back on the road this week as they travel to Jarrell to take on the Cougars before returning home the following week to host Lexington. Blanco’s final two games at Johnson City and then at home against Randolph will wrap a four game stretch versus teams that are all battling for the district’s final two play-off spots. Kick-off in Jarrell this Friday is set for 7:30 pm.