The Panhandle Panthers showed any doubters out there, that they are for real. They put the first points on the board and the last points of the game even though the two points were for a safety that the Panthers willingly gave the Seymour Panthers. The Panhandle Panthers never trailed and answered both of the Seymour Panther touchdowns with touchdowns of their own.
The Seymour Panthers kicked off to the Panhandle Panthers and in just over three minutes, Panhandle took the ball to the end-zone, scoring on a three-yard run by Brody Powers. The kick by Logan Lamberson was good and Panhandle was on the board with 8:56 left in the first quarter. Cory Free kicked off for the first time for the night and Seymour started their first drive on their own 24 yard line. While Seymour did get one first down, the Panhandle defense held and forced Seymour to punt. The next three drives by Panhandle resulted in two punts and a fourth down defensive stand by Seymour. The same two drives by Seymour had Panhandle forcing a punt and Free recovering a fumble. The first quarter ended with the score Panhandle Panthers 7 and the Seymour Panthers 0.
Seymour had the ball to begin the second quarter and they were again forced to punt. Panhandle began their first drive of the quarter on their own 25 yard line. Tyler Hall completed three passes to Free and additional yards on the ground along with Lamberson to set up the “Hall to Hammer” 24-yard touchdown pass. The kick was not successful, but with 6:08 in the first half, Panhandle led 13-0 over Seymour. With 2:22 on the clock, Seymour did connect for a 19-yard touchdown pass and a successful kick to bring the Seymour Panthers to within six of the Panhandle Panthers. Panhandle answered with a score of their own to complete the first half scoring. This time it was Hall keeping the ball with 41 seconds on the clock and running for a 22-yard run. Hall also completed the pass for the two-point conversion to Seth Wood to bring the score to Panhandle 21 and Seymour 7.
The second half kickoff by Panhandle to Seymour was fumbled on the 46 yard line of Seymour and recovered by Cory Throgmorton. Panhandle was not able to capitalize on the turnover and the offense by Panhandle was forced to punt. Again Seymour served up another turnover, this time an interception by Jeremy Jones, but again Panhandle was not able to add points to the board. Seymour did put together a drive and with 3:43 in the third quarter, Seymour pulled within a touchdown of Panhandle.
Again Panhandle answered with a touchdown. With 3:15 remaining in the quarter, Hall hit Lamberson for a 63-yard touchdown strike. The quarter ended with Panhandle 27 and Seymour 14. Seymour was forced to punt and Panhandle had the ball to end the third quarter, but they too were forced to punt. Seymour was stopped on fourth down on their next possession. Panhandle began their next drive with 9:13 left in the game and moved the ball on the ground to use up the clock and with 3:21 Hall scored on a one-yard scramble to put Panhandle up 33 to Seymour’s 14. Seymour’s next drive was halted by an interception by Travis Hammer on Panhandle’s own four yard line.
Panhandle struggled to move the ball and on fourth down and seven from the 12 yard line, the coaches elected to give Seymour an intentional safety. The following free kick by Panhandle set up Seymour on Panhandle’s 41 yard line. Four incomplete passes by Seymour and two kneels by Panhandle ended the game and the Panhandle Panthers had the victory 33-16, and will be playing again this week.
The victory continues to belong to the Panthers and to all the players that set foot on the field that night, but also to the coaches who are leading these young men, and to the family, friends, and fans of all. United the Panthers played and United the Panthers won.
Offensively, Hall had 18 carries for 36 yards, scoring on runs of 22 yards and one yard and he completed 16 of his 29 pass attempts for 219 total yards and two touchdowns.
He threw for a 24-yard and 63-yard touchdowns. Lamberson had 16 rushes for 53 yards and three receptions for 63 yards and scored on a 63-yard pass. Free had five catches for 60 yards and Seth Wood had one reception for 52 yards. Hammer had three receptions for 33 yards and scored on a 24 yard toss. Zach Berry had one catch for 11 yards.
Throgmorton led the Panthers with one solo, four assists, two sacks, one caused turnover, two fumble recoveries, and four quarterback hurries. Dalton Luman was credited with four solo tackles and three assists along with one deflected pass. Berry had two solos and three assisted tackles along with four quarterback hurries. Jeremy Jones recorded two solos, seven assisted tackles, three quarterback hurries, one caused turnover and one interception to his credit. Lamberson had one solo and six assisted tackles while Ryan Shemwell had one solo and three assists. Powers recorded one solo, eight assists and one deflected pass. Hammer had one solo, six assists, one interception, and two deflected passes. Kyle Weiss had six assists and one quarterback hurry while Tanner Barnett had five assists and two quarterback hurries. Austin Terrell had five assists and one deflected pass while Devin Yarger had one solo, four assists, and three quarterback hurries. Chandler Jeffers had seven assisted tackles, followed by Cory Free with three, Seth Witt and Jordan Varner with one assist each.
Also seeing action in the game were Luke Amos, Adam Jones, Seth McMinn, Jason Durham, Dallyn Clements, Stephen Carter, Hunter Pool and Elijah Tompkins.
The Players of the week for their game performance against the Seymour Panthers for defense were Seniors Cory Throgmorton and Jeremy Jones. The Players of the week for offense were Senior Travis Hammer, Juniors Tyler Hall and Cory Free and Sophomores Seth Wood and Logan Lamberson. The Players of the week for special teams were Travis Hammer and Brody Powers. Tyler Hall was also recognized in the Amarillo Globe News in the “Athlete of the Week Honor Roll” Tuesday, for his play against Seymour.
The (8-4) Area Champions Panhandle Panthers travel to Amarillo’s Dick Bivins Stadium tomorrow’s game at 4 p.m. to take on the (10-1) Stratford Elks in the Regional round of the playoffs. A send-off for the Panthers is set for 1:50 p.m. north of the Panther Gym. The Stratford Elks were the winners of District 1-1A and had a first round bye. The Elks knocked off Anson 21-16 last week to earn the challenge of playing the Panthers one more time this year. A victory will keep the Panthers moving to the Quarter-Finals playoffs next week against the winner of the game between Stamford and Quanah.
Panhandle: First Downs 19; Yards Rushing 38-94; Yards Passing 219; Total Yards 313; Comp-A-I 16-29-0; Punts Avg. 4-38; Fumbles 1-0; Penalties-Yards 8-65.
Seymour: First Downs 12; Yards Rushing 22-180; Yards Passing 118; Total Yards 298; Comp-A-I 13-44-8; Punts Avg. 3-42; Fumbles 4-2; Penalties-Yards 13-125.