Win keeps panthers in playoff hunt |

Win keeps panthers in playoff hunt

The Middle Park High School football team crushed the Pinnacle Timberwolves 47-14 in Granby last Thursday with a dominating ground attack and total offense of over 400 yards.

“Our offensive line dominated and won another game for us,” said Head Coach Troy Schmidt. The Panthers started sophomores Connor Jennings, Nick Brynoff, Dillon Berger, Kane Hutchinson and Cody Garrett. Junior Adam Weaver and sophomore Steven Kentfield started at the Ends and had, “dominating blocks all night long,” according to Schmidt, “The O-line was outstanding-they played their butts off!”

Junior quarterback Sam Little ran for two touchdowns and threw for another while senior running back Marc Schmidt added three rushing touchdowns of his own. Weaver had a touchdown reception along the back of the endzone and sophomore Johnny Stensvad added another running touchdown and five extra-points to complete the Panther Scoring effort.

“Johnny also had a great night of directional kicking,” added Schmidt, “which we will definitely need this week.”

A new player at running back, sophomore Henry Southway, “had an awesome night running the football for us – he adds another dimension to our ground attack,” said Schmidt.

The Panthers had great defensive play from all positions while shutting down a very potent spread offense that had been averaging over 250 yards passing and 300 total yards per game. Junior Brian Macchione paced the Defense with 7 tackles, 2 _ quarterback sacks, and a fumble recovery. Schmidt also had 7 tackles (two for losses) and a fumble recovery. Kentfield also had 7 tackles and _ of a quarterback sack while Kale Heckerson added 6 tackles and a quarterback sack. Berger also added a quarterback sack and forcing a fumble and Cody Garrett logged a huge sack which pushed Pinnacle back 16 yards.

The victory preserves Middle Park’s chance of being one of the final 16 teams to play in the playoffs.

“It’s been a while since we have had something to play for this late in the season,” said Schmidt. “It’s a great for all the hard work the kids have put in to be in their position right now! It makes practice a whole lot more fun!”

The Panthers travel to Denver to take on the Academy Wildcats at Adams-12 North Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, to continue their playoff trek.

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