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Frosh use big first half to down Eudora

The Paola Panther Freshman Football team raced out to big lead on the visiting Eudora Cardinals Monday night and then weathered a mini comeback from the Cardinals to win 44-24. The Panthers were not really challenged as they jumped to a 44-8 lead, before the Cardinals took advantage of the Panthers second teamers by scoring two late fourth quarter touchdowns to make the final score much closer than the game really was.

Paola jumped out to a 15-0 lead in the first quarter with the second touchdown coming on a 14 yard pass play from Seth Kern to Justin Dunmars with just over two minutes to play in the quarter.

The Cardinals took the ensuing kickoff and went on an 11 play drive before turning the ball over on downs to the Panthers inside the 10 yard line. The Panthers returned the favor to Eudora on the next play, as they fumbled and the Cardinals were back in business at the Paola six. Three plays later the Cardinals punched the ball into the endzone and cut the Panther lead to 15-8 following the extra point at the 6:22 mark of the second quarter.

The Panthers broke the game open in the final minutes of the half, taking the kick-off and moving 53 yards in seven plays to open a 23-8 margin with 3:36 to play in the half. The Cardinals gave the ball back to the Panthers on a botched punt four plays later at the 15 yard line. It took two plays for the Panthers to up the lead to 31-8 with 1:22 to play in the half.

The Panthers weren’t done though, as Eudora fumbled the kick-off and three plays later Paola was back in the end zone after a touchdown run by Kern. The point after kick by Kern was good and the Panthers were up 38-8 at the half.

The second half started out with more of the same, as the Cardinals were forced to punt after a seven play drive. The punt was almost blocked by the Panthers who took over at the 44 yard line with 5:45 to play in the third period. Five plays later another Kern run made the score 44-8 after a failed point after.

It was during the fourth quarter that things got interesting for the Panthers. Not that they were ever in any danger of losing the game, but with most the starters moving up to play in the next game with the junior varsity, the second team was not much of a match for the Cardinals, as Eudora scored two touchdowns in the final minutes of the game to cut the lead to 44-24.

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Panther JV Pounds Cardinals

The Paola Panther Junior Varsity Football team turned in a strong performance Monday night as they defeated the Eudora Cardinals Junior Varsity 46-14 at Panther Stadium.

Paola kicked off to the Cardinals who went on an 11 play drive that moved from the Eudora 30 to the Paola 44 before turning the ball over on downs to the Panthers.

The Panthers took over at the 5:16 mark in the first period, after a first down holding call on Paola, the Panthers proceeded to score three touchdowns, with only one counting on the remainder of the drive. On third down Alex Rogers took off on a touchdown run that was called back on an illegal motion penalty. Rogers nearly scored on the next play before being run out of bounds at the Eudora 32 yard line. Ryan Schultz was the next Panther to score on the drive, but his TD run was called back on a holding penalty. Kyle Garrison put the ball in the end zone for the third time in the drive, this time with no penalty. The point after was good and the Panthers lead 8-0.

Paola recovered the kick-off when Eudora failed to cover the short kick and were back in business with 2:31 to play in the second quarter. The Panthers took four plays to score, this time on a seven yard Schultz run, the point after was no good and the Panthers lead 14-0 with a little over a minute to play in the quarter.

Eudora covered the kick-off at the 35 yard line, and on second down, fumbled and turned the ball over the to the Panthers with 36 seconds to play in the period. Garrison hit Travis Hayes with a 32 yard pass to make the score 20-0. The point after was no good and the Panthers took 20-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Cardinals took the kick-off and were unable to move the ball and turned the ball over on downs to the Panthers with about eight minutes to play in the half. The Panthers took one play to stretch the lead to 26-0 following a Schultz run.

The Panthers tacked on another score at the 5:29 mark in the half on a 44 yard run by Rogers, the point after was no good and the Panthers lead 32-0 as the half came to a close.

Brint Hastert opened the scoring for the Panthers in the second half breaking off a 61 yard run with 9:39 to play in the third period. The Panthers added a final touchdown and Eudora scored twice in the final half to make the final score 46-14.

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