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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: ’Ponax survives for another win
Sometimes, Friday nights are just about surviving.
That’s what Massaponax did last night. The Panthers overcame a lethargic three quarters and pulled away from Franklin County for a 33–15 win.
Pretty? It wasn’t, Panthers senior Steve Sobczak said. But it was a win, and Massaponax is 5–0.
“As long as you get that
‘W,’” Sobczak said. “Whether it’s ugly or pretty, you just have to get it.”
The Panthers were coming off a big victory against Colonial Forge, and Massaponax coach Eric Ludden was afraid of a letdown.
What he got instead was three quarters of unremarkable offense, capped by a fourth quarter of the Panthers looking more like an unbeaten team steaming toward the postseason.
“Well, we found a couple of plays that we liked,” Ludden said, “and it started working for us.”
A pair of Franklin County fumbles led to first-half touchdowns for Massaponax.
The first Eagles turnover came at their own 10, and Aubrey Wilson scored from
3 yards out two plays later.
The second led to a 45-yard drive by the Panthers, which Sobczak capped with a 1-yard plunge for a 14–7 lead at the half.
Two Massaponax third-quarter drives went nowhere.
But on their first possession of the last period, Darren Gary gave the Panthers a spark.
He swept around left end on a third-and-12 option play, catching the pitch and using his blockers well for a 75-yard scoring run.
“A.J. Forbes and Tony Barnett opened that hole perfectly, and I just happened to capitalize,” Gary said.
Wilson scored on a 34-yard run on the Panthers’ next possession, and backup quarterback Joey Benden had a 15-yard scoring run to help Massaponax pull away in a four-minute stretch.
The Panthers host unbeaten Riverbend next Friday.
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