Panthers crush the Bulldogs

Connor Waddingham
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Outlook photo by Connor Waddingham                        Park City’s quarterback Carson Baker (#2) under center, waiting to snap the ball on third down and short.

Outlook photo by Connor Waddingham
            Park City’s quarterback Carson Baker (#2) under center, waiting to snap the ball on third down and short.

The Park City Panthers have now won two straight games in blowout fashion after beating Carter County on Sept. 27. After a 40-14 victory against Lone Peak two weeks ago, the Park City Panthers returned home the following week. They took on the Carter County (Ekalaka) Bulldogs and absolutely crushed them. The Panthers dropped a quick 20 points on the Bulldogs in the first quarter and consistently put points on the board to keep the visitors out of the game. It was a cold night, but the home supporters were rowdy and helped provide the Panthers with some home-field advantage.

Sept. 27,

Carter County 22, Park City 56

1 2 3 4 F

CCHS 8 14 0 0 — 22

PC 20 8 14 14 — 56

The Panthers scored early and often in this game, but they actually trailed early on. On the Bulldogs’ first drive, they scored a quick 40-yard touchdown through the air just 1:13 into the game. The Panthers found themselves down 8-0 in just over a minute of game time. On the ensuing kick off, Garrett Zimdars caught the ball and took it 65 yards to the house. After a missed two-point attempt, Park City still trailed 8-6 with 10:35 remaining in the first quarter.

Park City struck next, as Tucker Johnstone punched the ball in from one yard out. The Panthers converted their twopoint conversion and then the scoreboard read 14-8. Later on in the quarter, Carson Baker connected with Corbin Downing for 69 yards and a touchdown, 20-8 Park City.

The Bulldogs actually scored two touchdowns to start this second quarter, and led 22-20 with a little over four minutes left remaining in the first half. That was the last Bulldogs points in this game.

Carson Baker broke off for a 60 yard rushing touchdown before the first half ended, and converted their two-point try to regain their lead going into halftime, 28-22.

The Panthers ran the score up in the second half, and thanks to their stout second half defense, they didn’t allow another point to the Bulldogs. In the third quarter, Carson Baker amounted for another two touchdowns. He first con- nected with Garrett McMillen for an 11-yard touchdown. Later in the quarter, Baker broke off another huge run, this time for 70 yards. The Panthers led 42-22 after three quarters of play.

Two more touchdowns courtesy of Baker were more than enough to wrap this game up. On the Panthers first possession of the fourth quarter, Baker drove the team down the field and scored on a nine-yard QB-keeper. On the next drive, he found Garrett McMillen, once again, but this time for 39 yards and a score. That was the final score of the game and the Panthers cruised to an easy 56-22 victory. It was a shaky first half for these Panthers, but they were rock solid in the second half.

Carson Baker was fantastic in this game, scoring six total touchdowns, three through the air and three on the ground. He helped lead the Panthers offense to 50 points and nearly 350 total yards. Garrett McMillen caught two touchdown passes in this game,

The Panthers now move onto their homecoming week. After the week of festivities and parades concludes, the task at hand for the Panthers will be the Twin Bridges Falcons. Twin Bridges currently sit at 2-2, with both wins coming in the Southern C division. The Falcons just won last week in a close game with the Joliet J-Hawks. They are just one place ahead of the Panthers within the division, so a Park City win would mean they would take over the second place spot in the Southern C.

The Panthers and Falcons matchup is set for Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.


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