MABANK–The Mabank Panthers kept their perfect streak alive with a huge win on homecoming night against the Canton Eagles Sept. 17.
The Panthers broke the halftime tie with a strong second half on their way to a 35-21 victory to move to 4-0 on the season.
Mabank got the ball rolling, literally, as a bad snap on a punt by the Eagles set up the Panthers on the eight-yard line less than two minutes into the game.
Running back Cody Chapman would convert on a five-yard run 40 seconds later as the Panthers took an early 7-0 lead.
A 63-yard run by Mabank quarterback Beau Kilgore set up the Panthers in scoring range late in the first quarter, but Canton broke up a pass in the end zone to put a halt to any hopes for the Panthers.
Canton got on the board with a three-yard touchdown run seven seconds into the second quarter to knot the game, 7-7.
The Panthers’ defense proved strong again as Ty Miller picked off a pass on Mabank’s own four-yard line.
A 49-yard run from Ty Reedy put the Panthers in Eagles’ territory with possession on the 24-yard line.
Kilgore finished off the drive with a 10-yard run for a touchdown to give Mabank a 14-7 lead with 5:57 remaining in the first half.
Canton converted on the longest pass of the game for the Eagles on a 51-yard touchdown reception to tie the game, 14-14.
The Eagles looked to have taken the lead on an interception that was run back 95 yards, only to be taken away on multiple penalties to place Canton on their own 35-yard line.
On the next play, JJ Flores picked up the second interception of the night for the Panthers. After a sack of Kilgore, the Panthers drew up one more play during their timeout with nine seconds remaining in the half.
What looked like a sure touchdown was fumbled as Mabank was on the Canton two-yard line, leaving the game tied at halftime.
Mabank senior defensive lineman/running back Samuel Bowker was named Homecoming King alongside the 2021 Homecoming Queen Corey Greathouse during halftime.
The Panthers got the lone score of the third quarter on an 18-yard touchdown run by Aiden Wilkenson to put Mabank back in front 21-14.
Caleb Goforth extended the Panthers’ lead to 28-14 on a two-yard touchdown run just a minute into the fourth quarter.
Goforth added his second touchdown just a few minutes later with a 22-yard run to wrap up the scoring for the Panthers on their way to a perfect start.
Mabank (4-0) begins their district schedule Sept. 24 at home against the Lindale Eagles (1-3) as they look to get a strong start and keep their unbeaten streak intact.