Panthers lose to Eagles, 33-14

Canton Eagles reigned victorious during their Homecoming game Friday night against the Panthers with a final score of 33-14.

In spite of the loss, the Panthers were formidable opponents against Eagles with strong plays by Sophomore Eli Chambers and Junior Mikey McCarter.

The Eagles took the lead during the first quarter with a 33 yard touchdown. The second quarter proved to be even more challenging with Eagles No. 5 getting a touchdown after a 34 yard run. The Eagles held a large lead against the Panthers but the lead began to shrink during the fourth quarter in spite of the Panthers 34 yard touchdown run by Chambers.

During the fourth quarter, Eagle’s No. 5 ran a 64 yard touchdown to score for Canton and No. 24 earned a 19 yard touchdown run and ended the game with Canton winning the game with a final score of 33-14.

Chambers earned a total of 63 total passing yards during the game and 40 yards rushing. Senior Garrett Davis earned 29 yards rushing and Michael Mccarter earned 23 yards rushing. Mccarter earned one touchdown during the game as did Chambers. Panthers are now ranked 2-3 this season.

Junior Varsity, however, won over the Canton Eagles 28-17.

“Santiago Salinas and Jacob Carney both scored a touchdown each. All PATs were good, kicked by Joey Solis. Mark Torres had two sacks on defense and Victor Castilleja had one. The ninth grade team lost 48-16. Touchdowns were by Marquizs Graham and Michael Fry. Interception was by Luis Martinez,” said Coach Alexander Lowry.

The Friday before the game against the Canton Eagles, the Panthers faced off with Fort Worth Western Hills Cougars, winning over them with a score of 24 to 19.

“This was a good bounce back game for us,” said Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Todd Wallace. “They are a really talented team with size and speed so it was a good test for us. I thought we played really well defensively. We ran to the ball well and had 12 tackles for loss. Special Teams were also good as we converted all Extra Points, kicked a Field Goal, and blocked a punt and returned it for a TD. Offensively, we still had too many assignment busts, so we still have a lot of work to do there. Proud of our guys effort though.”