Panthers Defeat Blazers for First Win of The Season

by Kayla Faasse, Sports Editor

On Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, our beloved Palo Verde Panthers fought their battle against the Durango Blazers. The boys were able to pull through and bring home the first win of the season with a victory of 43-27.

The Panthers had control over the ball first, making it possible for senior captain Tyler Quinn to score the first touchdown of the game. Followed by a good kick from Zach Moore, the Panthers easily took the lead of 7-0.

The luck seemed to run dry when by the end of the first quarter, when Durango managed to sneak in two touchdowns both followed by good kicks. Nonetheless, the crowd kept their hopes up and continued cheering loud and proud for our Panthers.

“Durango was a very talented team that really taught us that we need to come out prepared for every single game,” Quinn remarked.

Quinn started the second quarter off similar to the first by scoring another touchdown, bringing the score closer to a tie with a score of 13-15. In spite of that, Durango returned the favor and scored two more touchdowns to raise their score 13-27 at the end of the second quarter.

After a nice break at halftime, the Panthers came back stronger than ever. After differing and handing the kickoff to Durango, the Panthers were quick to steal the ball back and have Charron Thomas score yet another touchdown with Moore giving a good kick.

“It feels almost routine [to score a good kick], like you’re proud that you made it but it’s almost expected so you feel like you did your job,” said Moore.

The third quarter brought two more touchdowns, run by Quinn and Thomas, respectively.

“[Palo] is working on being more physical and having more work ethic on and off the field. Making sure our team is in the weight room lifting to get better and to prepare ourselves each week for every opponent we have to out with a win,” said junior Thomas.

The Panthers vow to do just that at their next home game on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 against the Desert Oasis Diamondbacks, starting at 7 P.M. As the cleats return to home turf, so will Palo’s strong spirits. 

“My favorite part about being on the team is the bond we have and the amount of fun we have playing together,” said Moore.