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50-0! Happy homecoming

Panthers heave Hawks for first win of 2018 season
Sep 10, 2018
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Levi Puig leaves a trail of defenders on the ground behind him on a run down the sidelines.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

The Mt. Pleasant football team was hungry for a homecoming win on Friday night, and the Panthers emptied their plates to the tune of 50-point victory. Mt. Pleasant shut out Central Lee 50-0 to earn their first win of the young season.

Mt. Pleasant looked sharp on offense and defense in the first quarter. The Panthers scored twice in the opening period, finding the end zone on 23-yard touchdown pass from Zach Beason to Levi Puig and an eight-yard touchdown run by Kyle Samples. After the first quarter, Mt. Pleasant led 14-0.

The Panthers began to flirt with the running clock rule in the second quarter.

Logan Bass punched in a one-yard touchdown run for the first score of the period with 9:14 left in the half. The snap was botched on the PAT, but holder Chase Lamm was able to make something out of it, tossing the ball to Jacob Stukerjurgen for the two-point conversion. That stretched the lead to 22-0.

Beason had his second passing touchdown of the half with 1:35 showing on the clock. This time he found Tucker Johnson on an 18-yard strike. At the half, Mt. Pleasant led 29-0.

The Panthers reached the 35-point running clock rule early in the third quarter. Levi Puig ran for a nine-yard score with 9:32 on the clock. The PAT made it 36-0, where it would stay until the fourth quarter.

Mt. Pleasant’s starters didn’t last long in the final period. Another Panther scoring drive ended when Beason bursted through the line for a two-yard touchdown rush with 9:05 left in the game. David Blancas hit his fifth extra point in five tries, and the Panthers led 43-0.

Mt. Pleasant found the end zone one last time with 3:36 left. Orin Cantu had a 13-yard touchdown run, and Ethan Oiler came in for the final PAT, hitting it to bring the score to 50-0.

The game ended with a Panther takeaway. Chase Williamson picked off a pass right before time expired to preserve the shutout.

After the game, the players and fans met at the flag pole for the first time this season, signifying their first home win.

“Getting to meet the fans at the flag pole is a special tradition that Mt. Pleasant does,” said head coach Shawn Striegel. “Any home victory is a special victory but homecoming is more special.”

Beason finished the game 12-28 for 175 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the team in rushing, with 66 yards and a score.

His leading receiver was Puig, who caught four balls out of the backfield for 73 yards. He added 22 yards and one touchdown on the ground.

Rylan Seberg finished the day with three catches for 44 yards. Lamm had three catches for 35 yards, and Johnson had two catches for 23 yards and a score.

Samples had 31 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Cantu finished with 21 yards and a score, and Bass ended the night with 18 yards and a touchdown.

The defense was unbreakable all night long. The Panthers held the Hawks to just 60 rushing yards and one passing yard in the win. Williamson’s game-ending interception was the only takeaway.

“There was a lot of focus throughout the whole week to get the goose egg,” Coach Striegel said about the defense. “It didn’t matter who was on the field, they were going to take care of business.”

The Panthers moved to 1-2 overall, and can bring their non-district record to .500 with a win over Ottumwa this week. The Panthers will host the Bulldogs on Friday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m.

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