Panthers shut out Lions 53-0 for homecoming win

The Quinlan Ford Panthers thrilled a capacity homecoming crowd Friday with a fifth straight win and shutout when they defeated the Fort Worth Castleberry Lions 53-0.

The Panthers are off in a bye week before starting district next week at Princeton against another Panther team.

After Friday’s shellacking of the Lions, Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Todd Wallace said, “We are obviously pleased with the win and another shutout. Our defense bent a little, but stiffened when it needed to and kept them out of the end zone. Offensively, we were again sluggish. We are relying on big plays instead of consistent execution to score. It is paramount we get this fixed during the bye week if we are to reach our goal of making the playoffs. Hopefully, we can use this week to work on basic techniques and get some guys back healthy.”

Wallace said game balls went to Linus Beierschmitt, James Hoff and Edgar Aguillon.

Eli Chambers scored the Panthers’ first touchdown in on a one-yard run with 3:52 left in the first quarter. Gio Landaverde’s PAT kick was good. The score was Quinlan 7, Castleberry 0 after the first period.

Quarterback Linus Beierschmitt started a scoring streak with 8:52 left in the second quarter. He rushed for a 62-yard TD. Landaverde’s PAT kick was good. Quinlan was ahead 14-0.

Beierschmitt ran long again with 2:00 left before halftime and scored on his 52-yard run. Landaverde’s kicked the successful PAT. The score at halftime was Quinlan 21, Castleberry 0.

Beierschmitt opened third-quarter scoring with a 51-yard run into the end zone with 10:01 left in the quarter. The PAT kick was no good. The score was Quinlan 27, Castleberry 0.

Minutes later, Beierschmitt ran long again for a 64-yard TD with 6:42 left in the quarter. The 2-point conversion was unsuccessful.

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