Boerne air show takes Panthers apart
By Roland Ruiz
Anvil Herald Correspondent
Boerne -- To say the 2014 pre-district
schedule has not been kind to Medina Valley is an understatement.
The Panthers followed up a season opening grinder of a game at
Navarro with the challenge of the wide-open aerial assault of
Boerne. After two weeks, MV is 0-2.
Last Friday, Sept. 5, at Boerne, the Panthers
were overwhelmed by the passing of quarterback Quinten Dormady,
and struggled mightily on offense, ultimately falling 41-15. MV
will try to rebound this week in their home opener against Hondo.
Kickoff for the Highway 90 rivalry match is at 7:30 p.m., Friday,
Sept. 12, at Panther Stadium.
MV got a jump start against Boerne thanks to a
pick-six by defensive end Nick Lara on the game’s second play
from scrimmage. Lara intercepted a screen pass and returned it 30
yards for the touchdown. Freshman place kicker Ethan Hassinger
nailed the point after, and 44 seconds into the game, the Panthers
MV followed up that series with another
interception two plays later, this time by cornerback Ken
Gallegos. The Panthers took over at their own 25, promptly went
three-and-out and punted. From that point, the Boerne offense took
off. Despite the early interceptions, Dormady finished the night
with 274 yards passing (363 total) to MV’s 199 yards of offense
en-route to a romp.
“We did not play well,” MV head coach Steve
Hale said. “Boerne was more physical than us and we did not
The coach added, “The defense played well
early, then gave up too many big plays”.
After giving up the pick-six, the Greyhounds
started to find their groove. They scored on their next two
possessions –a 7-play, 41 yard drive and a 2-play, 44-yard drive
– to put Boerne up 13-7 with 5:38 left in the first quarter. The
Panthers tried to find their own mojo by blocking the PAT, and
then forced another turnover on Boerne’s next possession. Safety
Cody Moos intercepted the ball in MV territory and returned it to
midfield. But a personal foul penalty pushed the Panthers back to
their own 35 and, after driving to the Boerne 28, MV turned the
ball over on downs. They never threatened again until late in the
After exchanging punts over the next few
series, Boerne scored again. Dormady capped a 3-play, 40-yard
drive with the second of five touchdown passes on the night, and
then converted the two-point conversion to up the Greyhound lead
to 21-7 with 4:15 left in the second period.
MV was unable to move the ball on its next
possession and gave it back to Boerne. The Greyhounds wasted
little time in extending their lead, this time courtesy of a
35-yard Dormady pass that capped a 2-play, 42-yard drive. The PAT
failed and Boerne led 27-7 at halftime.
MV’s offensive woes spilled into the second
half. The Panthers’ first five possessions ended in punts.
Meanwhile Boerne capitalized, scoring twice more – each time on
Dormady touchdown strikes – to grow its lead to 41-7.
MV earned a bit of redemption midway through
the fourth period with a safety. The only other MV score came late
in the fourth quarter on a Kyle Moos run from the 3-yard line.
“We felt good coming out of video knowing
that everything is fixable,” Hale noted. “Our main goal this
week is to continue to get better as a team and find a way to be
productive on offense.”