Varsity Panthers Conquer Las Vegas Wildcats in the First Playoff Game

by Kayla Faasse, Sports Editor

Emotions ran high as Palo Verde entered the first playoff game of the 2019 season. The boys were pumped up and determined to bring home their first win in the playoffs in six years.
“We had one thought on our mind going into the game and that was winning. That was our one expectation and we knew we would get it done,” quarterback Paul Myro said.
The Panthers started off the first quarter with a touchdown by Myro, with Zachary Moore following up with an amazing kick adding on an extra point to the scoreboard of 7-0.
The Wildcats used the beginning of the second quarter to score a field goal in order to get a few points of their own on the scoreboard.
With less than twenty seconds left in the second quarter, Kade Madsen caught a pass from Myro in the endzone giving the Panthers another touchdown. Moore followed up with another quality kick bringing the score to 14-3.
The two teams returned from halftime ready to continue their battle for a winning title. The Wildcats managed to score their first touchdown at the beginning of the third quarter. However, the Panthers blocked their extra-point kick with Dacen Phister catching the ball.
A few minutes later, Moore was kicking a ten-yard field goal for an additional three points on the scoreboard. The Panthers stayed strong with Myro passing the ball to Madsen who ran in a 67-yard touchdown ending the third quarter with a score of 24-9.
“It felt really good to be able to contribute to my team’s win and make a difference in the game,” Madsen said.
Moore started off the fourth quarter off by kicking another field goal. The Wildcats retaliated with another touchdown of their own with about eight minutes remaining in the game. Followed by an extra point kick, the lead for Palo was reduced to 27-16.
Charron Thomas brought in two more touchdowns for Palo in the fourth quarter, both followed by successful kicks from Moore. The Wildcats were the last to score in the last minute of the game giving the final score of 41-23.
The victory ensured Palo’s ascent to the next round of playoffs with no interruption in momentum.
“We executed our game plan and the kids played hard. They played well and did what we asked them to. We’re very proud of them. Next week will be another tough team, we lost to these guys in a close one over there and it’s going to be tough,” Coach Joe Aznarez said.
Come out and support the Panthers as they face the Centennial Bulldogs on Friday, Nov. 22 at Centennial High School, for their second playoff game. The Panthers are expecting to go out stronger and better for their rematch against the Bulldogs.
“The players and how we all have a love for the game. None of us want to stop playing and it makes it fun when no one is giving up,” Tanner Vaughan said.