Warriors blowout Knights at Homecoming contest

Freshman Jace Panning scored his first touchdowns of the season against Homer on Friday, September 30 in a big win for the Warriors, 82-19.

The Warriors came out strong in the first quarter.

It took the Warriors only seven plays to score their first touchdown. Senior Simon MacFarland punched it in from the one-yard line. Junior Robbie Fisher ran the ball in for an extra two points. When Crofton got the ball back, McFarland completed a pass to Panning for 48 yards and a touchdown. The two-point conversion was completed by senior Wesley Lucht.

Homer tried to toss the ball on their next series, but they fumbled it and Lucht recovered it. On the next play McFarland completed a pass to sophomore Braxton Foxhoven for 12 yards. Fisher ran it in for the two-point conversion. Homer got the ball back and had some good blocks and a few broken tackles that led to a 50-yard run for a touchdown.

At the end of the first quarter the score was 22-7 in favor of Crofton.

At the start of the second quarter McFarland rumbled down the field and ran for 42 yards to score a touchdown. The extra point was good by Foxhoven.

The Warriors kicked off and Homer was unable to secure the ball. Panning recovered it, and three plays later the warriors scored another touchdown. McFarland ran it in from four yards out and the two-point conversion failed. On their next possession, Homer threw the ball and McFarland intercepted it. McFarland scrambled and scored a 23-yard touchdown. Lucht completed the two-point conversion. Homer was unable to get any offense going and had to punt it.

On the Warriors next series, McFarland ran the ball up the middle to score another touchdown for 20 yards. The two-point conversion was completed by Fisher. Homer’s offense started to pick up with some good scrambles, and they ran it in for a six yard touchdown. They weren’t able to complete the two-point conversion. The score at halftime was 52-13, Warriors up. 

The Warriors started with the ball in the third quarter and Lucht ran in a 40-yard touchdown and the two-point conversion was completed by Panning.

The Warriors forced Homer to punt it and almost blocked it. On the very next play for the Warriors, McFarland ran a touchdown for 28 yards and junior Will Steffen completed the two-point conversion. Homer responded with a quarterback scramble on their first play for 63 yards and a touchdown. They were unable to score on the two-point conversion. Steffen, in at quarterback, threw a pass to Panning who went 50 yards for a touchdown.

At the end of the third quarter the score was 74-19, Crofton leading.

There was only one touchdown in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Jack Miller ran for 21 yards and scored a touchdown. Steffen scored the two-point conversion. 

Panning scored his first touchdowns of the season and his varsity football career. He said, “It felt good to score and to help the team win.”

Leading the Warriors in tackles was Steffen with eight and Panning with five. McFarland had a total of 144 rushing yards and Panning had 67. McFarland also threw for 94 yards. 

The next Warrior football game is on October 7 in Allen against Tri-County Northeast at 7:00 p.m. 

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