The Panthers improved to 1-2 in district play and 3-4 on the season with a 28-16 victory over Lamesa Friday night. The Panthers rushed for 204 yards and passes for 56 yards on offense,with Alonso Corral leading the team with 118 yards on 17 carries, followed by Morabie Ramirez with 96 yards on nine carries and one completion for 12 yards.
The Panther defense held strong in the first half, holding Lamesa to just eight points while the Panther offense struggled to get started. In the second half, the Panther offense came out strong, adding 20 points to the board and moving the ball well, while the Panther defense held Lamesa to just eight points in the second half.
Cole Daggett led the Panther defense with 11 tackles and six assists while Wyatt Dushay had nine tackles and eight assists on the night. Other outstanding defensive players included Arian Galindo with seven tackles, followed by Brian Gonzales, Nestor Ruiz and Ivan Pena with six tackles each.
Last week around the district, it was Monahans over Greenwood 42-28, and Seminole over Pecos 44-21 with Sweetwater on a bye week. This week the 1-2 Panthers will travel to 2-0 Sweetwater, 2-0 Monahans will be at 1-2 Pecos, and 1-2 Seminole will be at 0-2 Lamesa with Greenwood on a bye week. The Panthers now sit in a three-way tie for second place as they travel to Sweetwater this week before their own bye week, followed by a home game against Seminole then, a district final away game against Monahans. This week’s game is set for 7 p.m. in Sweetwater with a forecast of 79 degrees and clear at game time with wind at 12 mph from the south.