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FC Downs Cougars 27-0

In the dampness that was Friday night, Fillmore Central and Sandy Creek fought to a first-half draw.  But the second half belonged to the home team, and the Panthers sloshed past the Cougars for a 27-0 victory.
FC scored three times in the third period.  Panther quarterback Jake Stoner crashed in from a yard out for the first score.  Stoner would later hook up with Izayah Morris for a five-yard pitch and catch.  With seconds left in the third stanza, Panther Dominic Gomez hit pay dirt from 12 yards out.
Brock Tatro capped the game's scoring with a 20 yard TD scamper early in the fourth quarter.  Seth Kenley went 3-for-4 on PATs.  The Panther defense limited Sandy Creek to 61 yards of total offense (1.24 yards per play).
Stoner rushed for 71 yards on seven carries and went 3-for-6 through the air for 17 yards.  Brock Tatro rushed for 33 yards and Gomez rushed 12 times for 41 yards.  Noah Monroe rushed for 17 yards and Isaac Janning had 14 yards.  Carson Tatro caught one pass for 14 yards.
Maliki Mitchell had 10 tackles for the Panthers.  Stoner logged eight stops.  Gomez and Mose each had five tackles.  Trenton Srajhans, Parker Uldrich and Koby Head all had four tackles.  Mitchell, Moses and Carson Adams all had fumble recoveries.  Connor Asche had a tackle for loss.
FC (1-2) travels to Minden this Friday night.

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On August 31, Fillmore Central  took on the Holdrege Dusters in Geneva.  The Dusters moved down from Class B but have had limited success the last several years.  
FC used the momentum of the opening kickoff which pinned the Dusters on their own five yard line.  After three plays, and the Dusters barely avoiding a safety, they punted from the one-yard line.  Jake Stoner returned the Holdrege punt to the 24 yard line.  The Panther’s struggles to hold on the ball returned and turned great field position and excellent chance to take an early lead into a turn over.
On the third play of the drive and a third and one, a fumble gave the ball back to Holdrege. FC's defense held the Dusters time and time again only to see the FC offense fumble the ball four times on the first four series losing two of them.  The Panthers got on track in the final series of the half sustaining a 20 play drive that ended on a controversial stop on the one-yard line.
"We tried to get off a last second play but the officials which have stressed consistent timing between plays and the ready for play signal would not let us snap the ball before the clock ran out," Panther head coach Mitch Lockhart said. "So many teams are playing no huddle offenses, they have made it a point of emphasis that teams are given consistent time between plays before they are allowed to hurry the other team or to allow subs.  It was an unfortunate circumstance, our kids stayed composed and were ready to run the play.  We had used up all of our time outs in the drive to get down to the one.
"It was a disappointing way to finish the half.  We felt good about our ability to stop Holdrege and we had some success moving the ball on offense.  We had good momentum heading into the second half only to see it disappear on the opening kickoff of the half.  Our returner came up hard to field the kick, stumbled and had the ball bounce off his chest right to a Holdrege player."
The Dusters commenced to take the momentum from the turnover and punch in their first score with a 21 yard drive that ended with a seven yard TD pass (PAT good).  Holdrege took advantage of good field position to score again with a 37 yard drive several series later.  Their final score was a result of a 32 yard pass with 4:10 left in the fourth quarter.  Riley Moses blocked the PAT to make the score 20-0.
"Once again turnovers robed us of momentum and field position," Lockhart said.  "We stressed all week long that we need to take care of the ball and this will continue to be stressed and focused on."  

Players of the game include:  Team Player of the Week: Riley Moses;  Scout Player of the Week: Aidan Trowbridge; Defensive Player of the Week: Parker Uldrich; Offensive Player of the Week: Jake Stoner; and Lineman of the Game: Connor Asche.