Quinlan Ford runs past Rains 48-22

The Quinlan Ford Panthers ran past the Rains Wildcats Friday night for a 48-22 season-opening win.

Linus Beierschmitt ran a final yard across the goal line for the Panthers’ first score, and the PAT was good for Quinlan to lead 7-6 after the first quarter. The Panthers built on that lead in each of the next three quarters.

The Wildcats ran the ball 79 yards to score first in the first quarter but the 2-point conversion was no good.

Athletic Director and Head Coach Todd Wallace said, “Once we quit fumbling in the first half, our guys played a pretty good game — gave up a couple of fluke TDs on a busted play, a kickoff return and a late meaningless TD. Otherwise, our defense did a good job of keeping their good running back contained.”

Wallace said the offensive line was much improved from scrimmages “and our game speed was much better as well. Our backs ran really hard; just have to hold on to the football.”

The coach said, “Overall, I was really pleased. We have to work hard to improve our special teams and other mistakes. Our goal this week is to build off last week and play faster, harder and longer. Game balls went to Linus Beierschmitt, Garrett Davis and Landon Helton for grading out the highest.”

In the second quarter, Beierschmitt scored a Panther touchdown on a nine-yard run. The 2-point conversion was no good.

Rains scored on a75-yard kickoff return, and the 2-point conversion was good.

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