Panthers defeat J–Hawks at home to take lead in Southern C

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Park City’s Ben Kessler dives for extra yardage during the Panthers 46–42 win over Joliet last Friday. Photo courtesy Randi Coleman

Park City’s Ben Kessler dives for extra yardage during the Panthers 46–42 win over Joliet last Friday. Photo courtesy Randi Coleman

Joliet’s Bryce Williams took 4th during the Colstrip Invite on Oct. 8 with a time of 18:40.58. Photo courtesy Gloria Allwin

Joliet’s Bryce Williams took 4th during the Colstrip Invite on Oct. 8 with a time of 18:40.58. Photo courtesy Gloria Allwin

Makenna Bushman goes for the dig while Kylia Kliner (13) and Kyelynn Coombe (9) watch during Joliet’s “Pack It Pink” night. The J–Hawk volleyball team ended up playing each other after their scheduled opponent, Columbus, got sent home due to the coronavirus. Photo courtesy Michelle Carpenter

Makenna Bushman goes for the dig while Kylia Kliner (13) and Kyelynn Coombe (9) watch during Joliet’s “Pack It Pink” night. The J–Hawk volleyball team ended up playing each other after their scheduled opponent, Columbus, got sent home due to the coronavirus. Photo courtesy Michelle Carpenter

Park City Head Coach Mark Rathbun called their 46–42 victory against Joliet a “roller coaster of a game.” The two teams came into Friday’s game with matching 3–0 records with the top conference spot on the line. The game went back and forth until the Panthers scored the winning touchdown with 1:16 left.

The J–Hawks got off to a hot start with wide receiver Rafe Brastrup returning the opening kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown. They scored two more times in the first quarter on Hayden Ward and Brastrup runs before the Panthers got on the board on a 48–yard Jacob Gauthier pass to Taetin Kindsfather.

Park City scored twice early in the second quarter to tie the game 18–18 before Joliet scored twice to take a 18–34 lead into the half.

The Panthers scored twice in the third on a 30–yard Gauthier run and a 7–yard Kindsfather run to tie the game 34–34 after successful two point conversions.

After Joliet took the lead with 8:48 left in the game on a 9–yard Seth Bailey reception and two point conversion, Gauthier hit Tucker Johnstone on 16 and 10 yard passes with 2:14 and 1:16 left in the game to give the Panthers the 46–42 win.

Park City had 40 rushes for 171 yards and 11/25 passing for 144 yards. Joliet had 40 rushes for 166 yards and 168 yards on 7/15 passing.

Coach Rathbun said, “Joliet is a very good football team and most people didn’t give us much of a chance to win, but we believed as a team that we had a chance and didn’t give up. I am very proud of our team for stepping up to the challenge and persevering until the end of the game. It takes every single team member to prepare and be engaged in the process to be successful.”

Next up for the Panthers is Sheridan at home and the J–Hawks host Absarokee. Both games are at 7 p.m. tomorrow night.

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