The Blanco Panthers opened the 2009 state play-offs with an easy 53 to 0 win over the Karnes City Badgers at Randolph Stadium in San Antonio. Blanco scored easily in every quarter, highlighted by a three-touchdown second quarter, which put the game away going into halftime.
The Panthers opened the game quickly as Layton Dworaczyk scored on the Panthers’ first offensive play, sprinting 53 yards to the end zone. Dworaczyk struck again on the defensive side of the ball on the Badgers’ next possession, taking an interception 60 yards for the TD. Cody Barnett converted on both PATs to give Blanco a 14 to 0 lead at the end of the 1st quarter.
Blanco used the second quarter to put the game away for good, beginning with a Dworaczyk 1-yard touchdown run. QB Tanner Rogers followed, with two scoring strikes to TE Travis McClinton and Dworaczyk from 48 and 15 yards respectively. The 48-yard bomb to McClinton was set-up by a flea-flicker between Dworaczyk and Rogers, leaving McClinton wide open down the field. Barnett converted on two of the three conversions to make the halftime score 34 to 0.
Going into the 3rd quarter, the Badgers had yet to pick up a first down, or cross the 50-yard line. The Panthers on the other hand would continue their dominant play throughout the second half, with Dworaczyk scoring first from 61 yards out. Rogers then tossed his third TD pass of the night and his second to McClinton from just two yards out, while Kyle Holmes closed out the Panthers’ scoring with a two-yard run. The Panthers converted just 1 of 3 PATs to make the final score 53 to 0.
On the offensive side of the ball, Blanco picked up over 400 yards and 18 first downs. Dworaczyk led the way with 184 yards and three rushing TDs on just 18 carries. Sr. Corey Dowlearn added a solid 54 yards to the total, while Kyle Garrow, Sam Isenberg, Holmes, and Rogers also contributed to the Panthers’ ground attack, which topped 300 yards for the game. In addition to their success on the ground, Rogers had another strong game through the air, connecting on 6 of 8 passes for 100 yards and three scores, with McClinton, Dworaczyk, Dillon Luke, Ecce Bradfute, and Kyle Garrow all having key receptions.
Defensively, Blanco was dominant all night. The Panthers did not allow a single first down to the Badgers until late in the 3rd quarter. In addition, the Badgers only crossed midfield twice and got no closer to scoring than the Blanco 32 yard line. Overall, the Panthers held the Badgers to just 131 yards and only seven first downs, while forcing two interceptions by Dworaczyk and Weston Copenhaver.
With their Bi-District Championship, the Panthers improve to 10 and 1 on the year and will now face the 10 and 1 Rogers Eagles. Rogers comes into the game after defeating Weimar 28 to 14 last week. This should prove to be one of the toughest tests for the Panthers this year. Kick-off is set for 7:30pm on Friday in Round Rock.