The Blanco Panthers’ football season will continue another week following an exciting 30 to 20 victory over the Ballinger Bearcats. Although the Panthers fell behind early, Blanco was able to tie the score at the half and use a strong second half to reclaim the lead and pull away for their eleventh win of the season.
Ballinger would grab the early lead scoring the only touchdown in the first quarter of play on an 80 yard pass play. Following a successful P.A.T., the Bearcats would lead 7 to 0. However, Blanco would answer in the second quarter as Layton Dworaczyk would score twice from 3 and 14 yards. Ross McCormick would convert on both extra point attempts to give Blanco a 14 to 7 lead. The Bearcats would answer though, scoring on a 16 yard run. This, along with the extra point, would knot the score at 14 apiece going into halftime.
The second half would start where the first left off, with the Bearcats scoring first on a long drive ending with a 4 yard run. After missing the extra point, Ballinger would hold a 20 to 14 lead. From this point on, the Panthers would take control of the game. Blanco would answer on their next possession, marching down field and scoring on a 4 yard run by Dworaczyk. McCormick would convert for the third time giving the Panthers a 21 to 20 lead. In the fourth quarter, each team would battle for field position before the Panthers would go on an 83 yard game clinching drive ending with a Jared Newby 1 yard run. Following McCormick’s extra point, Blanco would hold a 28 to 20 lead with only 1:20 left to play. Ballinger would have one last gasp at making a big play on their final possession however Jesse Ingram would tackle the Bearcat player in the end zone on a punt return on the game’s final play to give Blanco a 30 to 20 win.
Offensively, the Panthers would be lead by Dworaczyk’s 3 touchdowns and 115 yards on 12 carries. Eric Collins and Jared Newby would combine for 102 yards on 61 and 41 yards respectively. On the defensive side of the ball, Blanco would force 5 turnovers, lead by McCormick’s two first half interceptions which helped to set up both of the Panthers’ first scores. Derek Tesch would also pick off a pass, while DE Cody Harvey would recover one of two Bearcat fumbles en route to also playing a strong game defensively.
Blanco will now prepare for Idalou, one of the state’s top ranked teams. Idalou comes into the game at 12 and 0 following last week’s 20 to 7 win over Stratford. The game is set for 2:00 pm in San Angelo at Angelo State University