After closing out their non-district schedule with a convincing win over Jarrell, the Blanco Panthers continued their stellar play and completely dominated the Randolph Ro-Hawks in the district opener for both schools. Blanco topped the 400 yard mark in offense, while the defense held Randolph to a season low 60 yards in total offense.
The Panthers started fast and furious behind the running of senior Layton Dworaczyk, who scored on the Panthers’ first offensive play of the night, racing 52 yards for the score. The TD was set up by a Ro-Hawk fumble on the game’s first play. Although Blanco missed the PAT and took an early 6 to 0 lead, Randolph answered on the ensuing kick-off, returning it 73 yards for a touchdown. Following a successful PAT, Randolph had their only lead of the night at 7 to 6. The Ro-Hawk lead proved to be short-lived, as the Panthers drove 51 yards in 11 plays to see Dworaczyk add a three yard TD. QB Tanner Rogers followed up the score with a two point conversion pass to TE Travis McClinton to put the Panthers up for good at 14 to 7. From this point on, Blanco took total control of the game. Dworaczyk added another score before the end of the opening quarter via a 25 yard run. Another missed PAT left the score at 20 to 7 going into the second quarter.
As the game moved on, Blanco added two more scores before the half, with Kyle Garrow racing 34 yards for one TD and Dworaczyk getting his fourth touchdown of the half on a 14 yard run with less than two minutes to play. The Panthers would see Cody Barnett add one of two PATs to make the halftime score 33 to 7.
Finally, the last half of play flew by quickly with most of the half being played under a running clock. However, Blanco did not let this slow them down, as Dworaczyk found the end zone three more times on runs of 4, 53, and 31 yards, while Corey Dowlearn added a fourth score for the half from six yards out. Barnett converted on half of the PATs to give the Panthers a final score of 59 to 7.
For the game, Blanco rushed for 342 yards, with Dworaczyk leading the way with 227 yards on 17 carries and a school record of 7 touchdowns. Sophomore Tanner Rogers also had a solid performance, connecting on 5 of 7 passes for 104 yards with completions to McClinton, Dowlearn, and Kyle Garrow. As a team, Blanco picked up 21 first downs, 16 of which came on the ground behind the blocking of Henry Greathouse, Adrian Young, Kevin Dabbs, Tyler Noah, Dalton Gray, and Mike Garza.
Defensively, Blanco turned in its best performance so far this season, holding Randolph to just four first downs and 60 yards in offense, while forcing a fumble recovery by Mike Garza and an interception by Cody Barnett.
The Panthers will now return home at 4 and 1 for the year to host the Comfort Bobcats for homecoming. The Bobcats come into the game following their first win of the season over the Cole Cougars. Kick-off is set for 7:30pm at Panther Stadium.