Pharos-Tribune

Local Sports

September 7, 2013

Panthers outgun Rebels for 1st win

ROYAL CENTER — The shootout that took place at “The Pit” Friday night didn’t involve the Earps or the Clantons, this one was between the Rebels and the Panthers. When it was over it was the Pioneer Panthers claiming their first win of the young season with a 66-28 win over the visiting South Newton Rebels.

“We did move the ball tonight and I’m hoping that’s a sign that we’re getting better,” Pioneer coach Mike Johnson said. “I don’t think we’ve made that big an improvement, I’m guessing it’s the competition there. Lewis Cass and Winamac are two of the strongest teams we’re probably going to face. Not to take anything away from South Newton though. We still have to execute better on both sides of the ball.

“Defensively, we’re going to give up a lot of points until we learn to tackle. Right now that kind of concerns me.”

Pioneer (1-2, 1-1 Midwest Conference) wasted no time in setting the tone in this one. The Rebels’ first possession ended on a three-and-out. On fourth-and-3 at the Panthers’ 25, Pioneer’s Zach Mason broke through the line to partially deflect the punt giving the Panthers the ball on their own 19.

On the second play from scrimmage Justin Mersch took it in from 9 yards out at the 10:17 mark. Panther QB Sam Kiser ran in the conversion giving Pioneer a quick 8-0 lead.

The Rebels (1-2, 1-1) were again forced to punt on their next series and once again Mason found his way up the middle and blocked the punt, recovering it on the 7-yard line. On the first play it was again Mersch scoring from 7 yards out making it 14-0 with 8:21 to go in the first quarter.

Pioneer would score two more times in the quarter. With 6:53 to go it was Kiser breaking free from 35 yards out for the touchdown and then keeping it for the conversion. Then with just 19 seconds left it was Tyler Hanna scoring from 25 yards out. At the end of the first quarter of play Pioneer was in control 28-0.

South Newton finally got some offense going in the second quarter when QB John Dafcik found Sam Applegate from 7 yards out for the score at the 6:26 mark. Moments later though the Panthers responded. With 3:52 left in the half J.P. Smith bounced it in from 9 yards out for the score. Kiser’s pass to Smith on the conversion was good and it was Pioneer up 36-6.

But the Rebels had plenty of time left before the half and they took advantage of it. With :21 left before the break Dafcik found Trevor Lowe for a 10-yard touchdown pass. The Rebels’ conversion attempt was good and Pioneer took a 36-14 lead into the locker room.

Both squads showed no signs of letting up in the second half as Pioneer scored three more times in the third quarter while South Newton also got on the board. On the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter Mersch broke free and scored from 75 yards away while Hanna’s conversion was good. The Panthers then put it in with 5:54 left in the quarter when Kiser scored on a 9-yard run. Wrapping up the scoring in third was again Kiser from 19 yards out at 1:53 to make it a 60-20 game going into the final quarter.

The Panthers wasted no time again in putting their final score on the board in the fourth quarter when freshman Austin Harmon took it in from 3 yards out with 10:40 to play in the game.

South Newton scored its final points of the night with 4:38 to go when Dafcik bounced it in from 6 yards out. The conversion was good making it 66-28. With Pioneer again moving the ball and near midfield with 2:54 to go in the game, the field’s automatic sprinklers activated. After a few moments the game was called with the Panthers claiming the 66-28 win.

Leading the way for Pioneer was Mersch with 174 yards rushing and three scores. Kiser added 104 yards and three scores also in the win.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • SPT-PT073014 - lhs Colt World Series.jpg Logan’s Ward, Young ready for Colt World Series

    John Ward and Baylee Young represent part of the future of Logansport baseball. The pitching duo represent the present for the Hoosier North baseball team in the Colt World Series.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports briefs, July 30 Sports BriefsLogan 11s raisingmoney for OVRThe Logansport 11-year-old all-star baseball team plays in the Ohio Valley Regional this week in Lexington, Ky.The Logan squad opens pool play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday versus Henderson, Ky. Logan plays Elletsvi

    July 30, 2014

  • NCAA Concussion Lawsuit-9 [Duplicate] [Duplicate] NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules CHICAGO (AP) — The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, socce

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Colts adapt to new arsenal

    ANDERSON — Dwayne Allen didn’t often recognize the Indianapolis Colts offense he was watching from the sideline last season.The third-year tight end suffered a season-opening hip injury in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders, then watched as left guar

    July 28, 2014

  • NWS-PT072514 Patacsil-kmv Logan coaching legend Patacsil dies at 86 Logansport and Purdue University lost a giant among sports leaders Wednesday. Former Purdue great and former Logansport High School wrestling coach and educator Joe Patacsil passed away in his home.When his sons were leading the Berries wrestling pro

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - PT072414 - PT Colts - pic COLTS: Wayne arrives in IndyCar for camp Ed Carpenter woke up to rain Wednesday morning and briefly worried his big opportunity might be lost. But the two-time Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter's fear proved to be unfounded. He delivered Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne safely to Anderson University at the wheel of a two-seat IndyCar.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - PT072414 - PT Tom Lindley column - column sig LINDLEY: Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods Even when Tiger Woods finished 23 shots behind the winner and 69th overall at the British Open, he was one of the featured topics in stories coming out of Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • NEWCOM: State parks offer fun times at reasonable prices Summer is in full swing and many people are taking trips as part of their summer vacations. You can venture near to home or far away, but the trip is only as good as you and your family make it. The amusement parks and beaches in Florida are nice, but many of us cannot swing those trips these days. The good news is that there are many good state parks in Indiana to enjoy and they are affordable.

    July 24, 2014

  • Sports briefs for Thursday, July 24 The Logansport 11-year-old all-star team will play in the Cal Ripken Ohio Valley Regional next week in Lexington, Kentucky. A fundraising carwash is planned to help the team offset the trip's expenses.

    July 24, 2014

  • SPL - PT072314 - PT Colts - pic COLTS: Let's go camping There's a different kind of buzz surrounding the Indianapolis Colts as they prepare to report for training camp today at Anderson University.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
More pharostribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Poll

Should grocery and convenience stores be allowed to sell cold beer?

Yes
No
Unsure
     View Results
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.