Although the Wolfpack of San Antonio’s School of Excellence has an enrollment of 2300 students, the private school only brought one team to face the Panthers on Thursday night.
The 8th grade Panthers played the 1st half, and dominated on both sides of the ball. Kyle Sauceda forced a wolfpack fumble that was recovered by Mason LeBlanc. After driving the field, Alex Palos scored on a 2 yd TD run, and Kyle Sauceda passed to David Ramirez for the 2 point try, putting Blanco up 8-0. The wolfpack drove the field down to the Panther 25, but Mason LeBlanc stripped the ball, and David Ramirez returned the fumble 50 yards. Kyle Sauced passed to John Hodge, who made a great catch in the end zone for the 2nd TD. The point after was no good, and Blanco led 14-0 at the half.
The 7th grade took the field in the 3rd quarter, and quickly forced a 3 & out; but gave the ball right back on a fumbled punt return. The wolfpack capitalized by scoring on a 20 yd pass, and with a good 2 point try cut the lead to 14-8. The Wolfpack would intercept a deep pass and return it to the Blanco 40 on the next series, and looked poised to tie or take the lead. But on a 4th down attempt Colton Perkins made a huge stop with a solo tackle for a loss. Aikman Elrod scored on a 51 yd TD run, putting Blanco up 20-8. Ty Royce and Dru Ramirez broke up 3 pass attempts to end the wolfpacks final drive.
The Panthers open district play this Thursday against the Comfort Bobcats.