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Second half propels Panthers

Mt. Pleasant football team runs away from Bloodhounds on the road
Sep 25, 2017
Photo by: Chris Faulkner/Ft. Madison Daily Democrat Zach Beason swings a pass out to the near side on Friday night.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

FT. MADISON — Ft. Madison kept it close in the first half, but the Mt. Pleasant football team was able to wear down the Bloodhounds as the game went on in their first district win on Friday night.

Mt. Pleasant scored the first 10 points of the game, as Zach Beason found Jordan Magnani on a 55-yard touchdown pass and David Blancas hit a 21-yard field goal to put the Panthers up 10-0 after one quarter.

The Bloodhounds did scrap back in the second period, but the Panthers led 23-16 at the half, keeping up their streak of either leading or being tied during every halftime break this season.

Once the third quarter hit, it was all Mt. Pleasant. Beason hit Magnani on a 23-yard strike to get some separation, and the Panthers tacked on two more touchdowns in the half to put the game on ice.

The Panthers’ junior quarterback had a monster game. Beason was 20-32 on passing attempts for 281 yards and four touchdowns. He also lead the team in rushing, going for 93 yards and two scores on the ground.

“Statistically it was the best game of (Beason’s) career,” said Panther head coach Shawn Striegel. “I thought that probably the biggest improvement was just his decision making when he was going to run the ball.”

Magnani caught four passes for 90 yards and two scores. Ashton had four catches for 53 yards and a touchdown. Rylan Seberg caught two balls for 43 yards. Kieran Kohorst had three catches for 38 yards. Puig caught four balls for 34 yards and a score, and Chase Lamm had three catches for 23 yards.

Logan Bass was the second leading rusher behind Beason. He had 48 yards on the ground, and averaged six yards per carry. Puig finished with 32 yards and Jake Lowe had five.

Keegan Rich lead the Panther defense with 6.5 tackles. Luke Van Nyuis, Colby Potts and Tresean Jones each had four tackles. Lowe had the lone takeaway of the day, picking off the Ft. Madison quarterback one time.

“Our kids came out to play on both sides of the ball in the second half,” Striegel said about the team’s effort. “We played well on special teams, offense and defense and really put the pressure on them.”

Mt. Pleasant moved to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in district play. They’ll take on West Burlington-Notre Dame in the homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m.

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