Football: Panthers blank Early for second straight win

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, September 30, 2017
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Early’s offense struggled to move the ball and stop Paradise as the Panthers ran to a 28-0 win in Early Friday.

Paradise attempted just three passes all night and completed none, opting for a triple-option attack buoyed by its offensive line. The Panthers scored touchdowns on their first two drives of the first quarter in just six total plays.

Early’s first two drives ended with a fumble and a punt. Paradise took the ball from midfield on its second drive. Running back Tucker Edwards took a handoff from his own 47 and broke free for a 53-yard touchdown to put the Panthers up 14-0 just minutes into the game.

Paradise’s fast start put the pressure on Early, which managed a longer drive in its third opportunity of the game but surrendered the ball on downs.

The Panthers finally added to their lead near halftime, taking advantage of starting field position near the 50. Jacob Robinson shouldered the load with three first-down runs on the drive to set up a five-yard touchdown run for Angus Pace to put the Panthers up 21-0 at the half.

Paradise’s final touchdown came at the very beginning of the fourth quarter. Robinson punched it in from five yards on first-and-goal.

Paradise finished with 183 yards on the ground, with Robinson accounting for 79.

Early managed just 44 yards on the ground, paced by sophomore Jesson Tarrant with 21 on seven carries. Ryan Trompler completed 11 of his 13 passes for 108 yards. Rowdy Elkins led the Longhorns with 62 yards receiving.


A strong defensive showing couldn’t stop Petrolia from nearly blanking Alvord 28-8 Friday. Tanner Richey led the Bulldogs with seven tackles, while Reece Silletti and Tyler Estep each recovered fumbles. Estep would also claim one sack. Blake Jones grabbed an interception.

On the other side of the ball, Alvord failed to get things going, netting 74 yards of total offense and scoring once in the game’s closing minutes.

Corbyn Cornell hit Tanner Richey with a four-yard pass for a score with 2:15 left.

Petrolia scored less than a minute into the second quarter with Landon Washburn dashing into the end zone for a five-yard score. The Pirates closed the half with Dayton Romines running in from three yards out and a Hunter Baker two-point run to take a 14-0 lead.

The score held until the fourth quarter, when the Pirates added 14 on a pair of Macon Armour passes.

Making a Getaway

MAKING A GETAWAY – Victory Christian’s Jackson Shriver breaks free from a Cornerstone Christian tackler during the Patriots’ win Friday. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt


The Victory Christian Patriots returned to the field after a week off and rolled to a 57-40 homecoming win over Cornerstone Christian of Granbury.

The Patriots moved to 3-0 on the season. Victory Christian starts district play next Friday against Hill School.

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