Panthers downed by Quinlan-Ford
By Sam Epps
MABANK–The visiting Quinlan-Ford Panthers put a damper on Mabank’s homecoming Friday, winning 28-7.
Despite the loss, Mabank head coach Jared Wingfield has much to look forward to.
He cites his players’ work ethic and heart, and desire to learn and win, as key factors that will bring success.
“Our kids are positive and want to win. They will work together to make it happen,” Wingfield said.
With three losses to admittedly very solid, playoff-caliber football teams, the Panthers are learning very valuable lessons they will take into the district schedule.
“Every week our kids have learned a little more about football,” he said. “The main thing is that we’re still getting better.”
Against Quinlan, the numbers didn’t favor Mabank from the beginning.
With several injuries and a strong Quinlan team fielding 18 returning starters, it was never going to be an easy night.
“They came right at us,” Wingfield said.
Mabank scored in the third quarter on a 2-yard quarterback sneak by Rance Thorne. The PAT was good, giving Mabank seven points.
Quinlan scored once in the first quarter and once in the second quarter.
They added a score in each of the last two quarters.
“We’re proud of our kids,” Wingfield said. “Any win, or loss, they are taking lessons and growing.”
This week, the goal is to keep his athletes focused and preparing for visiting the 0-3 Kemp Yellowjackets Sept. 21.
“The team that wants it (the win) the most will win the game,” Wingfield said.
As for the injuries Mabank has suffered, Wingfield is expecting to get most of those players back in time for the Kemp game.
“They are being evaluated on a day-to-day basis,” he said.