Panthers Pounce Early And Often. Win 59-0
By Michelle Allen
Photos by Kim Smith
Panther Nation returned to the gridiron in defense of their 2015 CSAA Silver Conference Championship title and posted a big win over The Mustangs of Montabella Thursday night.
The Pride of Panthers roared to a 19-0 lead after the first quarter and...
...continued to dominate at the line of scrimmage throwing just two passes the entire game.
Gerrit Yates led the way with 171 yards and four touchdowns and backfield partner Kanin Witte piled up another 104 rushing yards for the Panthers.
On defense Scott Peters led Hesperia with 11 tackles, while senior Gage Balkema collected eight, along with a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Thursday’s game was also the debut of kicker Delaney Hussey the school’s first female player. The junior certainly earned her stripes as she scorched a quintet of conversions through the uprights to tally 5 points.
The Panthers are led by Varsity Coach Doug Bolles, along with assistant’s Bobby Kraus, Chad Paine, Jeremy Stevens and Cregg Bolles on the sidelines.
“Once a Panther, always a Panther” said Bolles a 1984 graduate of the school. “And today especially, I’m one proud guy getting to lead my hometown Panthers. A lifetime goal, accomplished.”
In an earlier social media post on Thursday, Bolles stated:
“Well this is the day I've been waiting for since late October 1983... The last time I walked the "home" sidelines @ Max Lee Field in Hesperia.
“I’ve worked with a lot of great coaches and had the privilege to coach some really awesome student/athletes over the years as well as working under some tremendous athletic directors... But tonight is what I've put in ALL of my hard work and time for... To reach my goal of coaching @ my alma mater... The green and white Panthers! I get chills thinking about it, so excited!!! And to top it off, I have a great coaching staff to work with and a "talented", "hungry", group of guys to coach!!! What more could a guy ask for? 2016 has the makings of something special and it ALL starts tonight! “
And what better start than to see your team hitting on all cylinders and bringing home victory number one in the season opener.
Hesperia will hit the road next week to face the Wolverines of Godwin Heights on Thursday night.