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Panthers sail over Mediapolis

Sep 05, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Brody McGhghy runs away from the Mediapolis defense during a 71-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


For the first time since 2008, the Mt. Pleasant football team is 2-0 to start the season.

The Panthers pummeled Mediapolis 37-7 in their home opener on Friday night behind 479 yards of total offense.

Mt. Pleasant’s defense completely shut the Bulldogs down in the first half. The Panthers scored three touchdowns and one field goal in the first two quarters to jump out to a big lead.

Zach Beason found Brody McGhghy on a 10-yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter. It was just 6-0 after the first period, but Mt. Pleasant broke the contest open in the second.

David Blancas stretched the lead to 9-0 with a 29-yard field goal early in the second quarter. Brody McGhghy shot down the near sideline for a 71-yard score with 4:20 remaining in the half and Kieran Kohorst scored on a 12-yard reception with 1:10 showing on the clock, as the Panthers opened up a 23-0 lead before halftime.

McGhghy continued to torch the Bulldog defense in the third quarter. The senior running back scored his third touchdown of the game on a 13-yard rush. Beason punched in a two-yard touchdown run later in the third quarter and it was 37-0.

Mt. Pleasant was able to pull their starters early in the fourth quarter. The defense nearly finished the game with a shutout, but Mediapolis’ Weston Hartman caught a 30-yard touchdown pass with just seven seconds left and MPCHS had to settle for the 37-7 victory.

The Panther allowed just six first downs all game and 129 yards of total offense. It was the second-straight impressive game defensively for Mt. Pleasant to start the season.

“There was a great plan first of all,” Head coach Shawn Striegel said about the defensive effort. “Coach Wilson and the defensive staff put together a great plan, and the kids executed. We’ve got a lot of kids right now that are relentless to the ball.”

McGhghy finished with 175 yards and two scores on the ground and seven catches for 95 yards and a touchdown to lead the offense in the win. Beason was 16-23 for 233 yards and two scores through the air, and ran for 36 yards with a touchdown.

Jordan Magnani had four catches for 55 yards. Chase Lamm caught two passes for 51 yards. Rylan Seberg had one catch for 19 yards. Kohorst had one catch for 12 yards and a score. Logan Bass, Levi Puig and Tate Shull each had one catch.

Keegan Rich ran the ball three times for 20 yards in the win and Levi Puig had two carries for seven yards.

Bryce Anderson led the defense with five tackles. Caleb Potts had 4.5 tackles. Maison Ashton had 3.5 tackles and Tucker Johnson finished with three.

James DeMeyer had the only interception of the game. He picked off the first Bulldog pass of the second half and returned it 21 yards.

The Panthers will head to Washington for their next game. Both teams finished the non-district schedule 2-0, and will be playing their first game in the district.

“The Demons pose multiple threats (so) it’s going to be a big challenge for the defense this week,” Striegel says about his next opponent. They have so many different weapons, it’s going to have to be assignment defense.”

That game will be on Friday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m., in Washington.

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