The Panthers traveled to San Antonio this past Friday to take on the Cole Cougars in what was supposed to be a battle for the District 27-AA Championship. However, after a minor threat to score on their opening drive of the game, the Cougars were handed their worst defeat of the season at the hands of the Panthers. Blanco managed to finish the regular season in the same fashion as they began it, defeating Cole 63 to 0, the exact same score as their season opening win over Canyon Lake.
Following a short kick-off to start the game, Cole managed to drive the ball deep inside Panther territory only to see a 23 yard field goal attempt come up short. This proved to be the only threat that the Cougars would pose all night. Taking over after the missed field goal, the Panthers struck on their first offensive play of the game, as QB Derek Tesch hit Layton Dworaczyk on a screen pass that went for an 87 yard score. Dal Dechert added the first of his nine PAT’s to give the Panthers an early 7 to 0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter would see the Panthers’ offense hit on all cylinders rolling up over 200 yards and four TD’s. Anthony Vela would get the Panthers’ second TD of the night on a 17 yard run. On their next possession, Tesch connected with TE Travis McClinton for a 37 yard touchdown pass. Finally, Dworaczyk closed out the half with two more TD’s. The first, a thirteen yard scoring run, increased the Panthers lead to 28 to 0. Dworaczyk’s next score came on a 73 yard pass from Tesch, following a Dal Dechert interception to get the ball back for the Panthers. Following the frantic scoring pace of the second quarter, Blanco would lead 35 to 0 at the half.
With the game well under control, the Panthers refused to let up following halftime. Blanco added to their lead quickly as Dal Dechert returned the second half kick-off 84 yards for a score. Dworaczyk then followed with his fourth and fifth TD’s of the night on runs of 12 and 25 yards, the first of which was set up by Tyler Berryhill blocking a Cougar punt and David Hostetler recovering it at the Cole 31 yard line. From this point on, Blanco coasted to their tenth win of the season, with Hunter Elrod adding a final 6 yard scoring run to make the final score 63 to 0.
Overall, Blanco racked up over 450 yards on the night while holding a potent Cougar offense to less than 100 yards. Offensively, the Panthers were lead by Dworaczyk’s 120 yards on the ground and 176 yards in receiving to go along with five total touchdowns. Derek Tesch also had a big night passing for 226 yards and three scores. On the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers limited the Cougars to only six first downs, while forcing two interceptions by Dal Dechert and a fumble recovery by David Hostetler.
Blanco will now get a week off as they are open this Friday. The extra week of practice should prove beneficial for the Panthers as they begin preparations for their upcoming run into the state play-offs beginning with a bi-district play-off game against the Stockdale Brahmas. The game is scheduled for Friday, November 14th, at Wimberley with the kick-off set for 7:30pm.