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Panthers struggle against Wildcats at homecoming

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Mabank drops district contest to Palestine

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MABANK–The Mabank Panthers struggled to contain a potent Palestine Wildcats’ offense on homecoming night Oct. 2 as they dropped their second district contest.
The Wildcats started the scoring early just 2:27 into the game on a fumble into the end zone, which they recovered to take a 7-0 lead.
The Wildcats added a three-yard rushing touchdown late in the first quarter in the final two minutes to increase their lead to 13-0 after a missed extra point attempt.
Palestine added a 37-yard field goal with 9:06 remaining in the second quarter to make it a 16-0 lead over the Panthers. 
After adding a 25-yard rushing touchdown with 6:26 remaining to increase their lead to 22-0, Mabank turned the ball over on a fumble at their own 31-yard line, setting up Palestine near the red zone.
Less than a minute later, the Wildcats converted on the turnover with a 31-yard touchdown run to make it 29-0 at halftime. 
Palestine added another touchdown on a long 63-yard run to begin the second half as they increased their lead to 35-0.
Mabank running back Marcus Pruitt finally broke the shutout for the Panthers as he notched a 30-yard touchdown run to make it a 35-7 game. 
Palestine converted from the one-yard line in the final minutes of the third quarter as they increased their lead over Mabank to 42-7 entering the fourth quarter.
Davontae Lowe added the final score of the game on a 40-yard run for the Panthers as they fell to the Wildcats, 42-13.
The loss drops the Panthers to 3-3 overall and 0-2 in district play. Mabank has a crucial district contest with the Kilgore Bulldogs set for Friday, Oct. 9 on the road with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.

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