The Palo Verde Panthers Trample the Bonanza Bengals for the 2019 Homecoming Game

by Kayla Faasse, Sports Editor

After a week filled with various homecoming distractions, Friday, Sept. 27th, the Varsity Panthers stepped onto their home turf for a battle against the Bonanza Bengals in hopes of a win for the 2019 Homecoming game. 

The Panthers went into the game feeling relaxed and confident with a huge crowd of people behind them. Junior Adrian Ellis was swift to score the first touchdown of the game followed by an amazing kick from Zachary Moore making the score 7-0. 

After a long battle for control of the ball against Bonanza, Charron Thomas snuck in an impressive 90 yard touchdown gaining the cheers from everyone in the crowd.  Moore kept the cheers going with his extra point kick raising the new score to 14-0. 

With only thirteen seconds left in the first quarter, the Panthers showed no weakness with Dacen Phister running in an additional touchdown for the team. Once again Moore made the extra point kick, along with all kicks during the game. 

Second quarter was very eventful for Tyler Quinn as he made two touchdowns early on bringing the score to 35-0. Bonanza tried desperately to come back, but were constantly blocked by the Panther’s defense, and neither team scored for the remainder of the half. 

For Homecoming Halftime, student council brought on their stunning floats to commemorate this year’s theme of Superheroes. Mr. Steinline announced Homecoming King Ty Neeley and Queen Taylor Lee. 

The juniors pulled off a marvelous winning float with their Spider-Man theme. Their float included a Spider-Man on top of a school bus with Venom on the hood of the car. The sophomores came in a close second with their Superman themed float. 

Third quarter started off strong with both teams battling for the ball. Eventually, Palo won the battle when Jacob Gosz managed to score yet another touchdown for the Panthers. With Moore’s excellent kick the score rose to 42-0. 

“Scoring a touchdown during homecoming added excitement that doesn’t exist during any other game and it felt great to hear the majority of the school cheer for you,” Gosz stated after the game. 

The Bengals stepped up in the last thirty seconds of the fourth quarter scoring a touchdown, but missed the extra point from the kick. This brought the final score to 42-6. 

After the epic win, the boys celebrated with pizza and cupcakes for Coach Aznarez’s birthday before heading down into the locker room for a team cheer. 

Some of the boys went out for a celebration dinner while others went home to prepare for the homecoming dance and upcoming games. 

The Homecoming game never ceases to bewilder students and  bring out the true pride in the Panther Nation. The next home game for the Panthers is October 18th against the Cimarron- Memorial Spartans. 

“It is just amazing to be apart of this team and I can’t wait to see what we got left in the tank for the remainder of the season,” said Charron Thomas.