The 8th grade Blanco Panther football team lost to the Lexington Eagles, 14-24, on Thursday, October 24. Lexington kicked off to the Blanco 24 yard line with Toby Triesch making a 13 yard return to the 37.
The Lexington defense held firm and Blanco was forced to punt. Jared Spriggs punted to the Eagle 45, with the return moving the ball to the Blanco 43. Kelby Cox, Cade Smith, and Spriggs made tackles for the Panthers. Lexington completed a 23 yard pass to the 18 and then scored a TD on an 18 yard run. The PAT was good. Lexington led 8-0 with 4:13 remaining in the 1st quarter.
Triesch ran the Lexington kickoff back for 13 yards to the Blanco 47 yard line. On the next play Will Granberg burst through the line far a 53 yard touchdown run. Cox hit Triesch with a pass for the 2 point conversion. Using only 17 seconds for their scoring drive, Blanco tied the score 8-8 with 3:56 in the 1st quarter.
Isaiah Delgado kicked off for Blanco with Peyton Van Dyke making the stop at the Lexington 25 yard line. Brandon Phipps, Granberg, and Smith all made key tackles forcing the Eagles to punt. Blanco took over on offense at their own 17. The Lexington defense forced Blanco to punt after stopping the Panther offense. The Eagles went on offense at the Blanco 45. Griffin Wearden, Triesch, Granberg, and Van Dyke made tackles for Blanco. Lexington completed a 30 yard pass and then punched in a TD on a 3 yard run. The 2 point conversion was good. At 4:51 in the 2nd quarter, Lexington led 8-16.
Van Dyke returned the Eagle kickoff 5 yards to the Blanco 30 yard line. Unable to move the ball, the Panthers were forced to punt. Draven Diamond recovered a fumble for Blanco at the Lexington 46. Triesch picked up 4 yards with Granberg rushing for 11. Blanco then fumbled and Lexington recovered at the Eagle 42. Blanco took possession of the ball on an interception by Jonathon Merritt. Merritt returned the ball 20 yards to the Lexington 32. The Eagle defense forced the Panthers to turn the ball over on downs at the Lexington 40 yard line. The Eagles moved down field to the Blanco 12 yard line, but the Panther defense held firm. The half time score was Lexington 16 to Blanco 8.
Blanco kicked off to begin the 2nd half. Phipps made the stop for Blanco on the Lexington 40. The Panthers defense forced Lexington to punt, however, Blanco fumbled two plays later. The Panther defense held firm on tackles by Triesch, Diamond, and Phipps. Blanco took over on downs, but the offense was again forced to punt. Spriggs punted 23 yards to the Lexington 45. Spriggs and Smith combined on the tackle. Wearden and Phipps made strong stops and Lexington was forced to punt again and Blanco fumbled. With 3:37 in the 4th quarter Lexington scored a TD and the 2 point conversion to take the lead 8-24. Lexington kicked off and Granberg made a 14 yard return to the Blanco 39. Triesh picked up rushing yards on carries of 3 and 35 yards. Cox then hit Van Dyke for an 11 yard touchdown pass. The PAT was no good. After the Blanco kick off the Panther defense made strong tackles by Wyatt Perkins, Merritt, Wearden, Diamond, and Spriggs. The Eagles punted, but intercepted a Blanco pass 2 plays later. Lexington took the win 24-14.