By Margaret Barnett
Panther football seniors and their families were honored at the last home game of the season on Friday night. Also honored were the senior cheerleaders and student football assistants. Senior Panthers are, sitting left to right, Austin Terrell, Ryan Shemwell, Branson Brown and Aisia Bonner; kneeling left to right, Brody Powers, Jason Durham, Adam Jones, Travis Jewett, Cory Free and Dalten Luman; and standing left to right, Seth Witt, Tanner Barnett, Justin Leven, Tyler Hall, Kyle Weiss, Luke Amos, Braedyn Brandvik and Aaron Stamps.
Last Friday night was “Pink Out” night and “Senior Night” combined. The 18 senior football players, three student assistants and two cheerleaders were honored for their services before the game began. The Senior Football Players are Austin Terrell, Dalten Luman, Ryan Shemwell, Brody Powers, Tyler Hall, Brayden Brandvik, Travis Jewett, Kyle Weiss, Tanner Barnett, Jason Durham, Luke Amos, Adam Jones, Justin Leven, Seth Witt, Alex Davis, Aaron Stamps, Aisia Bonner and Cory Free. Michaela Roberts, Callie Boyd and Kelly Duckett serve as the Student Assistants while Kasey Hughey and Hanna Shemwell are the Senior Cheerleaders.
Senior Captains Hall, Powers, Jewett, and Weiss won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half. Barnett started the game kicking deep to the Memphis seven yard line, with the return back to the Cyclones 43 yard line, where the Cyclones set up their offense. They managed one first down and then on fourth and two the Panthers’ defense held and the ball went over on downs. The Panthers began their first drive of the game on their own 28 yard line. Following over 50 yards rushing by Patrick Shadid, Hall scored on an eight-yard scamper and Tucker Wise added the extra point to put the Panthers on the board with 7:20 left in the first quarter clock.
On the ensuing kickoff, Barnett kicked into the end zone preventing any return by the Cyclones. Memphis drove the ball down the field and scored on a 12-yard run followed by a successful pass for the two-point conversion. So with 5:22 remaining on the clock, Memphis took the lead 8-7. The Cyclones kick was received by Seth Wood who set up the Panthers in good field position on the Memphis 47 yard line, but the offense was not able to get a drive going and were forced to punt. Hall punted the ball into the end zone and Memphis began their third possession on their 20 yard line. The Panther defense held on fourth down and the Panthers had the ball again on the Memphis 47 yard line. It took only two plays for the Panthers offense to cross the goal line this time on a 42-yard touchdown run by Hall. The following successful extra point kick by Wise with 1:56 still on the first quarter clock put the Panthers ahead of the Cyclones 14-8. The Panthers never gave up the lead for the remainder of the game. Memphis’ next two drives of the first half ended with a forced punt and having the ball intercepted by Hall. The first half ended on a 50-yard run by Hall leaving the score at the end of the first half with the Panthers 14 and the Cyclones 8.
The second half started with the Panthers on their 23 yard line. On the seventh play of the possession, Shadid scored his first touchdown of the night on a 55-yard run. Wise’s extra point was good, so with 9:42 left in the third quarter, the Panthers extended their lead to 21-8. Memphis answered with a touchdown of their own a little over two minutes later on a 25-yard pass. The two-point conversion failed and Memphis pulled to within seven points of the Panthers. The following four possessions for Memphis failed to produce any points. The Panther defense had two take-aways in the form of a fumble recovery by Shemwell and another interception by Hall. Shadid scored the final touchdown with 2:02 remaining in the game. This score came on a 50-yard run up the middle and was followed by another successful Wise kick. The final score of the game was the Panhandle Panthers 28 and the Memphis Cyclones 14.
The Panthers’ ground game dominated the game with Shadid going over 200 yards and Hall over 100 yards rushing. Shadid had 23 carries for 232 yards, with two touchdowns, one for 55 yards and one for 50 yards. Hall carried the ball 20 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns. He had an eight-yard and a 42-yard touchdown run. Jewett had two carries for 21 yards.
Hall completed eight of his 19 pass attempts for 55 yards. Terrell had three receptions for 26 yards followed by Jewett with three catches for 21 yards. Wood had two receptions for eight yards.
Leading the Panther defense was Shemwell with two solo tackles, nine assisted tackles and one fumble recovery. Devin Yarger was credited with two solos, seven assists and one quarterback hurry followed Red Hughey who also had two solos, six assists, and one deflected pass. Davis and Witt had two solos tackles, four assisted tackles, and one deflected pass each. Barnett was credited with two solo and two assisted tackles while Luman had one solo and 10 assisted tackles. Sam McKinley had one solo and 10 assisted while Josh Oliver had one solo and two deflected passes. Durham had five assisted tackles, Kollin Abbe had four assisted tackles and Hall had three assisted tackles, two interceptions, and one deflected pass. Shadid had three assisted tackles along with Jordan Varner. Stamps, Leven and Hunter Pool, each had two assisted tackles to their credit. Will Weinheimer had one assisted tackle to finish out the defensive stats.
The Players of the week for their play against the Cyclones on defense was Ryan Shemwell, Dalten Luman and Sam McKinley. The Offensive Players of the Week were Tanner Barnett, Kyle Weiss, Adam Jones, Elijah Tompkins and Ryan Whitt. These big guys provided the blocking that allowed the ground game to succeed. Tucker Wise was awarded the Special Team Player of the game for his perfect four out of four extra point kicks.
Last week, Tyler Hall was honored with “The Class 1A Player of the Week” honors in the Amarillo Globe News for his performance against the Clarendon Broncos. Hall threw for 191 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 163 yards on 13 carries. His biggest run was an 80-yard scoring run in the second quarter that put the Panthers in the lead for good in a 48-13 win over the Broncos. The Panthers compiled more than 600 yards, the equivalent of a college or pro team gaining more than 800 yards in a 60-minute game. Coach Peacock was quoted, “He’s really matured as a player and as an athlete. He’s taken the reins for us on the field. He’s everything you’d like for your quarterback to be. He’s throwing the ball as good as he has thrown it all year.” Patrick Shadid was listed in the Honorable Mention for Class 1A with his 185 yards of rushing and two touchdowns on 14 carries.
Last week in the Amarillo Globe News “High School Football Statistics” for 1A Division Schools in the article published on Oct. 2, the Panthers continue to be well represented. In the Total Team Offense, the Panthers continue in second place behind Wellington with 1,672 yards rushing, 1,704 yards passing, for a total of 2,376 yards. In the Individual Rushing, Lamberson still remains listed with 60 carries for 562 yards and eight touchdowns even though he has been injured for most of the last two games. Hall still remains in second place in the passing category with 102 completions out of 189 attempts for 1,670 total yards and 19 touchdowns. In the Individual Receiving, Austin Terrell has 31 receptions for 505 yards and three touchdowns while Travis Jewett had 23 receptions for 392 yards and four touchdowns. Hall remained in first place in the Individual Scoring with 164 points.
The (2-1, 5-3) Panthers travel to Stinnett to take on the win less (0-3, 0-8) Comanches tomorrow night at 7 p.m.
Panhandle: First Downs 16; Yards Rushing 45-408; Yards Passing 55; Total Yards 463; Passing C-A-I 8-19-0; Punts-Avg. 3-53; Fumbles-Lost 0-0; Penalties-Yards 6-40.
Memphis: First Downs 17; Yards Rushing 30-184; Yards Passing 169; Total Yards 353; Passing C-A-I 14-29-2; Punts-Avg. 2-44; Fumbles-Lost 1-1; Penalties-Yards 6-30.