BURTONSVILLE – The Paint Branch Panthers proved why they’re among the most feared football team in the county, blowing out Blake’s Bengals off of their field, 54-20 Friday night.
From the first quarter, the Panthers set the tone.
Paint Branch led off the game with back-to-back touchdowns and highlighted the quarter with ironclad defense, leading Blake’s cheerleaders to chant, “This game ain’t over! No sweat!”
“We’re an all right team but we have a long way to go so we’re going to try to improve,” said Blake head coach Deshawn Anderson. “We could be a lot better.”
Paint Branch found wide-open lanes to the end zone and the Panthers’ JD Guerrero blocked a potential touchdown throw.
Blake attempted different strategies to counter Paint Branch’s style.
The Bengals’ senior quarterback Jacob Silverman, who normally settles for throws, often ran the ball himself.
Defensively, senior strong safety Quinton Bowles put on a stand-out performance, tackling Paint Branch’s Evin Dickerson while the Panther headed to the end zone during the first quarter.
As the game progressed, a cloud of smoke crept into the night air, bringing an ominous mood to the field.
Throughout the game, players were injured on both teams but the most significant injury was that of junior running back Ty Mason. He gave Blake their first touchdown of this game before conjuring up a thirty-yard run in the same quarter.
In the third quarter, Mason was injured a couple of steps away from the end zone and the game halted for 10 minutes while the coaching staffs from both teams and Mason’s parents attended to him.
“Ty’s tough to lose. [He’s] a great kid but this is an opportunity for other people to step up. We have people that are skilled at his position but there’s nobody like Ty Mason,” said Anderson.
Mason’s teammates shared Anderson’s view, crediting Mason as their best player.
“The best thing about this game is that you get a new opportunity,” added Anderson. “You got to forget what happened tonight and get ready for a game next week.”
Blake’s next game is against the Wheaton Knights.