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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 led 7-0.

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 block well.”

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 game.

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.”



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