Pan­thers Pound Out Win Over Ju­nior Cardinals

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS - By Gra­ham Thomas

SILOAM SPRINGS — Other than two hic­cups cov­er­ing punts, the Siloam Springs fresh­man foot­ball team put in a dom­i­nat­ing per­for­mance Thurs­day, Sept. 20, against Farm­ing­ton.

The Pan­thers rolled up more than 200 yards of of­fense and did not give up a point de­fen­sively in a 27-16 vic­tory over the Cardinals.

“The guys did a great job,” said ninth-grade head coach Jonathan John­son. “They com­peted hard, other than a cou­ple of break­downs on the punt re­turn. Love the guys up front. They pounded, pounded, pounded — made holes all over for our run­ning backs. The big thing I was proud of was our run­ning backs came in and they cel­e­brated those line­men do­ing a great job.”

Siloam Springs (2-2) gave up a pair of 74-yard punt re­turns for touch­downs to Farm­ing­ton’s Tate Pick­ens in the first half as Farm­ing­ton led 16-13 at half­time.

“Not real happy with punt cov­er­age right there,” John­son said. “Ob­vi­ously that’s some­thing we’re go­ing to ad­dress this com­ing week.”

Siloam Springs an­swered in the third quar­ter with a touch­down run from Hunter Tally to take a 20-16 lead in the third quar­ter and Zachary Hall added a touch­down run in the fourth.

Tally and Hall com­bined to rush 33 times for 160 yards and four touch­downs, with Tal­ley car­ry­ing 16 times for 95 yards and 2 TDs and Hall 17 car­ries for 65 yards and 2 TDs.

Tally had a 52-yard touch­down run in the se­cond quar­ter and Hall had a six-yard score later in the half as Siloam Springs pulled within 16-13.

Tally also com­pleted 5 of 6 passes for 48 yards, with Chris­tian Ledeker catch­ing four passes for 24 yards and Con­ner McHaney one catch for 24 yards.

Lash­ley and Jace Su­tulovich each re­cov­ered fum­bles for Siloam Springs, while Fain had an in­ter­cep­tion in the fourth quar­ter.

“It was a pretty com­plete game,” John­son said. “Solid on of­fense. We had a cou­ple of mis­takes here and there, but that’s to be ex­pected. I’m real proud of how they com­peted this week.”

Last week Farm­ing­ton lost 16-0 to Fayet­teville White.

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