The BYFL Varsity team squared off with the Dripping Springs Grey team on Saturday. The Panthers would receive the kick off, but turned the ball over immediately on a fumble. The Tigers would capitalize by driving 43 yards for the first score, although the extra point was stuffed, leaving the Tigers up 6-0. Blanco would drive into Tiger territory, but turn the ball over on downs. Again the Tigers would drive easily for another score, but the Panthers held again on the conversion, leaving the score at 12-0 just before halftime. The Panthers would start driving, and called timeout with 35 seconds on the clock. Although the refs whistled and waved, the timekeeper ran the clock out, and the Tigers left the field and sideline. After a heated discussion and an unsportsmanlike penalty called on the Blanco head coach, the refs allowed Blanco to run one offensive play to start the 2nd half. Aikman Elrod would connect with Carson Kipp for a 30 yard pass play, and it would take four Tigers to bring Carson down. Although Blanco didn’t score, the play seemed to ignite the Panthers. Dylan Bates, Dru Ramirez, and Logan Dodd would make great tackles to drive the Tigers backwards, forcing a punt. Colton Elrod would rush for 28 yards on 2 carries to take Blanco down to the 2 yard line. Hunter Goodman smashed in the first Blanco score, but the extra point attempt failed, leaving the Tigers up 12-6. The Panthers would boom a 55 yard kick off, forcing the Tigers to start from their 7-yard line. The Tigers could get nowhere, as Dylan Bates would make two solo tackles for losses, followed by a Jake Breeding tackle in the backfield forcing another punt. Again the Panthers went to the air, with Colton Elrod on a 15 yard catch & run. Aikman Elrod would then punch in the 2nd Panther score on a 3-yard QB keeper. The Panther offense would execute a counter to perfection with Carson Kipp running in the extra point to put the Panthers up 13-12. With 7 minutes left in the game, the Tigers marched down the field to the Panther 5-yard line. On fourth down, with 8 seconds left, a Tiger pass attempt was intercepted by Aikman to seal the Panther victory. The coaches were extremely proud of the team not giving up, and the 2nd half effort by all. The varsity squad is now 2-1 and will face the Marble Falls Mustangs this Saturday in Marble Falls.