The Varsity Football team defeated Parchment Friday night 50-34 with a huge second half Friday night.
The Panthers, celebrating Senior night, struggled to get things going offensively as they were held to just 7 points in the half on an 89 yard pass from Mason Gee-Montgomery to Matt Bellestri. A pair of lost fumbles really slowed the team momentum in the half. It seemed that for every step forward the Panthers found a way to go two steps back. Parchments run oriented offense gave the team fits and ate up large chunks of time on the clock as they held a 22-7 lead at the half.
Once the Seniors were back in the locker room from the half time festivities, adjustments were made, and the team came out firing on all cylinders. Stockbridge received the kick-off to start the 2nd half. Parchment kicked the ball out of bounds and the Panthers took over at the 35 yard line. On their first offensive play in the second half, Gee-Montgomery hit Kolby Canfield for a 65 yard scoring strike. The 2-point conversion run by Gee-Montgomery made the score 15-22. The Panthers recovered the ensuing onside kick, and 5 plays later found pay dirt again when Gee-Montgomery hit Canfield on a 15 yard scoring strike. Gee-Montgomery found Jake Sutton in the endzone on the 2-point attempt at the Panther’s took a 23-22 lead. The Panthers again recovered the onside kick and capitalized when Gee-Montgomery ran it in from a yard out, hit Sutton on the conversion attempt, and extended their lead to 31-22.
Parchment would answer with a sustained scoring drive of their own, but a failed 2 point attempt left the panthers in the lead 31-28 to end the 3rd quarter.
The Panthers would extend their lead on a 1-yard pass from Gee-Montgomery to Sutton. Austin Stanfield would convert on the PAT to give the Panthers a 38-28 lead. Parchment would not go away though and marched again for a score to close the lead to 38-34.
A strong 2nd half defense really showed itself over the last 8 minutes of the game as Parchment had difficulty moving the ball. The defense forced a pair of punts and a turnover on downs in the later stages of the game. A pair of Gee-Montgomery to Canfield closed out the scoring for the Panthers to put the game out of reach for Parchment.
The defense held Parchment to 5-9 conversion attempts on 3rd down, 1-2 on 4th down, and a single pass completion for 3 yards. They were led by Matt Bellestri’s 16 tackles and Cade Wright’s 14 tackles. Austin Forbes and Corey Marshall each had 7 tackles.
Offensively, Canfield had a State Record setting evening with 19 Catches for 232 yards and 4 touchdowns. The 19 catches breaks the 18 catch record that was held by a pair of players from 2015 and 1992, repectively. Gee-Montgomery completed 29-35 passes for 432 yards and 6 touchdowns. He also rushed 12 times for 42 yards and 1 touchdown. Bellestri caught 6 passes for 128 yards and 1 touchdown, Sutton had 3 catches for 56 yards and 1 touchdown, and Hunter Winnie had 1 catch for 16 yards.
The Panthers keep their slim play-off chances alive with the win as they move to 5-4 on the season. The MHSAA selection show will be held Sunday night to see if the Panthers have done enough to play their way in to the second season.
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TD Shane Whitehead 60 Yd Run (Gabe Feller Run For Two-Point Conversion) 0 8
TD Shane Whitehead 10 Yd Run (Failed Two-Point Conversion) 0 14
TD Matt Bellestri 89 Yd Pass From Mason Gee-Montgomery (Austin Stanfield Kick) 7 14
TD Arius Chapa 16 Yd Run (Shane Whitehead Run For Two-Point Conversion) 7 22
TD Kolby Canfield 65 Yd Pass From Mason Gee-Montgomery (Mason Gee-Montgomery Run For Two-Point Conversion) 15 22
TD Kolby Canfield 15 Yd Pass From Mason Gee-Montgomery (Jake Sutton Run For Two-Point Conversion) 23 22
TD Mason Gee-Montgomery 1 Yd Run (Jake Sutton Run For Two-Point Conversion) 31 22
TD Shane Whitehead 27 Yd Run (Failed Two-Point Conversion) 31 28
TD Jake Sutton 1 Yd Pass From Mason Gee-Montgomery (Austin Stanfield Kick) 38 28
TD Gabe Feller 6 Yd Run (Failed Two-Point Conversion) 38 34
TD Kolby Canfield 9 Yd Pass From Mason Gee-Montgomery (Austin Stanfield Kick No Good) 44 34
TD Kolby Canfield 7 Yd Pass From Mason Gee-Montgomery (Failed Two-Point Conversion) 50 34