Mabank loses heartbreaker to Canton
Posted by : October 23, 2013| On :
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank Panthers lost a hard-fought game at Panther Stadium to the Canton Eagles Oct. 18, 35-28.
The loss drops the Panthers record to 2-5 for the season and 1-1 in district play, while the Eagles improve to 2-5 for the year, and 1-1 in district play, to give the teams identical records.
Mabank got off to district play with a good start, defeating Brownsboro 17-6 on the road. After the win, head coach and athletic director Jared Wingfield told The Monitor that a win against Canton would essentially secure the Panthers a spot in the playoffs. It wasn’t to be, and the team’s schedule doesn’t get any easier.
This Friday, Oct. 25, Mabank travels to Athens to take on the undefeated (7-0, 2-0) Hornets squad that boasts District 15 3A’s highest scoring offense and most rock-solid defense scoring 276 points on the year, and allowing just 109.
Canton plays at home against Mineola, where both teams fight to hold onto second place in district.
Wingfield was proud of the Panthers.
“I am extremely proud of the way our kids played.,” he said. “We knew Canton would be a close game and unfortunately it came down to the wire and we wound up on the losing end. These players have really come together as a team and continue to keep games close in order to give us an opportunity to win. We had a few miscues at pivotal moments, but these guys continued to battle and unfortunately there was just not enough time left on the clock at the end of the game.
He knows that the Athens game will be a challenge.
“We have a tough test this week against Athens,” he said “They are a very physical and talented team. They have a lot of weapons and are very well coached. Every week we focus on fixing mistakes and we are going to do the same this week. We continue to improve and I know that soon the worm is going to turn in our favor.
Offensively, Clay Gaddis rushed 18 times for 18 yards and 1 touchdown, Dylan Schneider rushed five times for 37 yards and one touchdown and hauled in four catches for 48 yards and 2 touchdowns .Colt Conway 7 catches for 54 yards. Quarterback Cody Thompson was 14 of 23 with 111 passing yards.