The Hawks from Mountain Valley swooped into Blanco, intent on handing the 8th graders their first defeat. The Hawks received the opening kick-off, and converted on four 4th down attempts in keeping the ball until the second quarter. Blanco’s defense bent but never broke, finally getting the ball over on downs in the second quarter. Blanco’s offense went three and out, and the Hawks again went for two more 4th down conversions, getting both, before the Panther ‘D’ finally halted their drive and regained the ball.
Blanco got on the scoreboard first, with Logan Dodd sprinting 45 yards on a counter for the first TD. Stellar defensive play from McKay Adamson, Grant Calzoncit, Jake Breeding, and Devlin Moore quickly got the Panther offense back on the field. With just a minute before halftime, Aikman Elrod connected with Adamson for a 35-yard pass across midfield. As time expired, Carson Kipp hit Adamson with a 45-yard halfback pass for another Panther TD. Elrod’s pass to Devlin Moore was good for the PAT, and Blanco went in at the half with a 14-0 lead.
In the third quarter, Blanco drove in the Hawk territory, but a turnover provided a short spark, as the Hawks made a deep pass play down to the Panther 8, then punched in a TD to cut the lead to 14-6. Blanco responded quickly, with McKay Adamson taking a reverse for 40 yards down to the Hawk 9-yard line. From there, Elrod passed to Devlin Moore for another TD, and Logan Dodd made a spectacular PAT reception, to give Blanco a 22-6 lead in the fourth. Kyle Gray then made a sensational defensive play, stripping the Hawk ball carrier and going 40 yards for an apparent TD, but the play was whistled dead after the strip. Blanco retained possession, but was unable to capitalize. The Hawks were able to pass down the field for a TD and convert a 2-point try, cutting the lead to 22-14. The Hawks attempted an on-side kick that was recovered by Ty Royce, and Blanco knelt out the clock to improve to 3-0 on the year.
A big key to the success of this team is the 8th grade offensive line-Andrew Burgess, Tray Hodge, Grant Calzoncit, Hunter Goodman, Jack Morgan, and Grant Garrow, who continue to improve each week, dominating the line of scrimmage and making the Panther offense click.
The Panthers next take on the Ingram Warriors this Thursday in Ingram.