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Panthers Defeat Eagles to Clinch District Championship
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 • Posted October 27, 2009

After clinching a play-off spot by defeating Harper, the Blanco Panthers looked to wrap up the district title as they traveled to Johnson City to take on the Eagles. After just one quarter of play, the Panthers were well on their way to securing the district championship as Blanco rolled to a 61 to 0 victory.

The Panthers came out strong to open the game, scoring on their first offensive play as senior Layton Dworaczyk raced 46 yards untouched for Blanco’s first score. Dworaczyk added another TD on the Panthers’ ensuing drive via a two-yard pass from QB Tanner Rogers. Rogers continued to have a hand in two more Panther scores with a six-yard touchdown pass to Corey Dowlearn and a one-yard drive. Cody Barnett converted on 3 of 4 first-quarter PATs as Blanco led 27 to 0.

The second quarter would see the Panthers score just once on a Kyle Garrow eight-yard dash. Barnett was successful on the extra point attempt to extend the Panthers’ lead to 34 to 0. Although JC threatened late in the half, Blanco’s defense turned back the Eagles twice to help preserve the shut-out.

Following halftime, Blanco returned to score three more times in the third. On the Panthers’ first drive of the second half, Rogers closed out a 5-play, 51-yard drive with an 11-yard scoring pass to TE Travis McClinton. Dworaczyk added another score on Blanco’s next drive as he bulled his way in from just a yard out. Finally, Rogers and McClinton hooked up for a second TD in the quarter from 75 yards out. Barnett added two more PATs to make the score 54 to 0 going into the final quarter.

As the game drew to a close, the Panthers managed one more score on a 21-yard run by Gavin Garrow. Barnett added his 7th extra point conversion of the night as Blanco closed out their 8th win of the year with a score of 61 to 0.

In clinching the district championship and improving to 5 and 0 in district play, the Panther offense picked up 20 first downs and almost 500 yards. QB Tanner Rogers had an outstanding night, accounting for five Panther scores and connecting on 8 of 10 passes for 201 yards and four TDs. TE Travis McClinton led all receivers, with five receptions for 145 yards and two touchdowns, while Layton Dworaczyk continued his record-breaking season, picking up 158 yards on 10 carries, adding two rushing TDs, and a touchdown reception.

Defensively, Blanco yielded just 162 yards and only nine first downs to the Eagles, while also forcing four turnovers, one of which was set up by a David Hostetler blocked punt. Interceptions by Dworaczyk and Kyle Garrow, along with fumble recoveries by Henry Greathouse and Matt Pepper, ended any hopes that Johnson City might have had at keeping the game close.

The Panthers will now return home to close out the regular season as they host the San Antonio Cole Cougars. Kick-off at Panther Stadium is set for 7:30pm.

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