The BYFL Varsity team played its final regular season game against the Bulverde Texans at Smithson Valley field on Saturday. The Panthers received the opening kick and marched down the field behind strong running from Devlin Moore, Carson Kipp, and Jake Breeding. Breeding connected with Logan Dodd on a 25 yard pass to set up the Panthers at the Texan 20 yard line. But Bulverde’s defense stiffened and held the Panthers, and took over possession on downs.
The Panther ‘D’ forced the Texans backwards on their first three plays, and then blocked a punt attempt to take over at the 23 yard line. Jake Breeding connected with Logan Dodd again on a twelve yard pass, getting the Panthers down to the Texan 11 at the end of the first quarter. Devlin Moore ran a counter play to set up Blanco with first and goal from the one yard line, but again the Texan defense shut out the Panthers. Bulverde drove to the Panther 40, and then scored on a 40 yard pass play. The conversion was stuffed leaving the score at 6 to 0. The Panthers immediately answered with a 60 yard touchdown run by Aikman Elrod, but a penalty would nullify the score. Blanco could not convert a fourth down attempt and Bulverde took possession, punching in another score before halftime, giving them a 13 to 0 lead.
In the second half, the Panthers drove to the Texan 40 behind great runs from Jake Breeding and Devlin Moore, but Blanco turned the ball over on a fumble. The Texans capitalized by passing down to the Blanco five and running in another score. On the next Panther possession, a pass attempt was intercepted, and again the Texans capitalized by punching in their last score, giving them a 27 to 0 lead.
The Panthers did not quit or give up, with Devlin Moore again running strong and catching a pass followed by a great run down to the Texan 14. Aikman Elrod scored on the next play with a fourteen yard run, leaving the final score at 27 to 6.
The Panthers played hard, trying to overcome the absence of three starting lineman due to illness, and losing two more starters to injuries at halftime. Although the Panthers concluded the regular season with a 3-4 record, they qualified for the playoffs as the #4 seed, and will face the undefeated Marble Falls Mustangs this Saturday in Dripping Springs. In the previous match up, the Mustangs edged the Panthers 7-0. The playoff game is a night game, with kick off set for 7:45pm.