MABANK–The Mabank Panthers pounced on the Kemp Yellowjackets in their annual rivalry game Sept. 3 at Mabank High School.
A dominant first half and a strong finish by the Panthers led them to a 48-6 victory over the ’Jackets.
Kemp came into the contest with no record after their week one contest against the Palmer Bulldogs was cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols.
The Panthers began the scoring late in the first quarter as quarterback Beau Kilgore connected on a 16-yard touchdown pass to Ty Reedy to make it 8-0 Mabank after a successful two-point attempt.
Mabank’s Cody Chapman had a late touchdown rush taken away on a Panther penalty to leave the game 8-0 after the first quarter.
After taking over on downs deep in their own territory, Kemp fumbled the ball on their own 10-yard line as Panther linebacker Carson Bowden dove on top of the ball.
Chapman rushed into the end zone from the three-yard line as this touchdown counted for the Panthers to increase their lead to 15-0.
Jayden Rogers added the third touchdown of the night for the Panthers to increase their lead to 21-0 after an illegal shift pushed back the point after attempt, which was missed.
Aiden Wilkenson added a long 43-yard touchdown catch with 53 seconds remaining in the first half to send Mabank to the locker room with a commanding 27-0 lead.
The Panthers would notch three more touchdowns in the second half as Kemp managed a lone score on a rushing touchdown from quarterback Deacon Thompson as Mabank strolled to a big win to move to 2-0 on the season.
Thompson finished the game 1/5 with 13 passing yards. He added 45 yards on the ground and the lone touchdown for the ’Jackets.
Kemp (0-1) will return to the field Sept. 10 in their home opener as they search for their first win against the Scurry-Rosser Wildcats.
Kilgore finished 5/8 on the night for 96 passing yards and two touchdown passes for the Panthers.
Chapman led the way offensively for the Panthers with 10 carries for 145 yards and two touchdowns against Kemp.
Senior Cash Teague also notched two touchdowns in the win for the Panthers.
The Panthers (2-0) remain undefeated and look to keep the slate clean as they hit the road at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 to take on the Wills Point Tigers (0-2).