After splitting their first two home games to open the season, the Blanco Panthers went on the road to take on the Somerset Bulldogs. While Blanco looked to add another win to their record, the Bulldogs had other plans, holding the Panthers scoreless for three quarters while their offense managed to score in all four.
The Bulldogs wasted little time in finding the end zone this past Friday, jumping out to a 21 to 0 halftime lead on runs of 2, 1, and 4 yards. Somerset added to their lead in the third quarter on a 66-yard pass play. Finally, on the first play of the fourth quarter, the Panthers closed out a 10 play 65-yard drive with a 3-yard run by Tim Goodman. However, on the ensuing extra point attempt, the kick was blocked and returned 90 yards by Somerset for two points. The Bulldogs then added another TD on their next drive, taking advantage of a Panther turnover, going 16 yards in just 4 plays to find the end zone on a 1-yard run. Somerset converted their 5th extra point of the night making the score 37 to 6 before a 1-yard run by QB Tanner Rogers closed out the game’s scoring at 37 to 12.
Offensively, the Panthers improved on their previous game’s totals, picking up over 200 yards on the night while picking up 18 first downs. Backs Kyle Holmes and Tim Goodman combined to lead the Panthers with 106 yards on 20 carries. Jordan Handberry provided Blanco with its longest play of the game on a 37 yard reception.
On the defensive side of the ball, Blanco held the Bulldogs to just 13 first downs while giving up 246 yards. Senior Gavin Garrow collected the Panthers’ only turnover on an interception early in the game.
Blanco will now return home this week to host San Antonio Christian on Friday at 7:30. The Panthers will look to even their record before closing out non-district play next week in Sonora.