This past Friday, the Blanco Panthers put together their most dominant and complete performance of the season so far as they defeated the visiting Jarrell Cougars 46 to 7 for their third win of the year. The Panthers’ stellar performance could not have come at a better time with district play opening this Friday.
The Panthers opened the game by completing a season long 82 yard drive that ended with a Corey Dowlearn one yard TD run. After missing the PAT, Blanco had an early 6 to 0 lead. After shutting down the Cougars on their first offensive possession of the night, Blanco would again drive down the field and add a Layton Dworaczyk six yard run to the score board. Again, the Panthers failed to convert on the 2 point conversion run, but Blanco was in control at the end of the first quarter, leading 12 to 0.
The second quarter saw the Panthers continue to roll, with Dworaczyk scoring his second TD of the game on a three yard run. Blanco continued to have trouble with their 2 point conversion attempt, failing for the third time. However, Blanco increased its lead to 18 to 0. Jarrell managed a quick score on their next possession, when a tipped ball fell in the hands of a Cougar receiver who then raced 46 yards for the score. A successful PAT followed and the Panther lead was cut to 18 to 7. Blanco managed one more score before the half ended, as Dworaczyk scampered 44 yards for the touchdown. The Panthers finally converted on their 2 point conversion with a Kyle Garrow run to make the halftime score 26 to 7.
Blanco returned for the final half of play and put the game away quickly scoring three more times. Dowlearn opened the third quarter in the same fashion he opened the game; scoring on the Panthers’ first drive of the half from six yards out. Cody Barnett added the PAT to make the score 33 to 7. Dworaczyk added a fourth TD of the night on a 38 yard run on Blanco’s next possession. Again, Barnett converted and the Panthers led 40 to 7.
Finally, in the fourth quarter, Gavin Garrow capped off a 6 play, 59 yard drive with a one yard run. Although the PAT was blocked, the Panthers closed out the scoring with a 46 to 7 win.
Offensively, Blanco picked up over 520 yards in offense, with Dworaczyk leading the way with 235 yards on 20 carries. Dowlearn also had a solid night rushing for 114 yards on 14 carries. Tanner Rogers, Kyle Garrow, Ethan Evans and Gavin Garrow also contributed to a ground attack that rushed for 432 yards on the night. In addition to Blanco’s solid rushing performance, Rogers connected on 7 of 11 passes for 92 yards to five different receivers.
On the other side of the ball, the Panther defense overwhelmed the visiting Cougars by allowing just 10 first downs and only 140 yards in offense with Henry Greathouse getting credit for a fumble recovery.
The Panthers will now travel to San Antonio this Friday night for the opening of district play as they take on the Randolph Ro-Hawks. Kick-off is set for 7:30pm.