Panorama faces visiting East Marshall in first round of postseason

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Panorama players huddle Friday while wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. The Panthers host East Marshall Friday in the first round of the postseason. Photo courtesy Lynnea Andersen.

PANORA — The Achilles Heel of the Panorama football team has been discovered. If you are a state runner-up from 2019, who will beat the Panthers, as Class A Grundy Center and 1A Van Meter did. If not, good luck.

Panorama is 5-2 overall, and has surrendered just 10 points in their final four games, which included three consecutive shutouts. Their reward is a home game in Class 1A Pod 12 play against East Marshall (2-5) Friday. The winner will face either Pella Christian (4-3) or Hudson (2-4) Oct. 23.

The Mustangs opened their season with a 29-0 win at North Mahaska and a 20-6 win over BCLUW in LeGrand, but then dropped five consecutive games. East Marshall has been outscored, 194-69, in 2020.

Panorama, meanwhile, has put 178 points on the board while yielding 91, 50 of which came in the games against Grundy Center and Van Meter.

Quarterback Dominic Walker is second in 1A in both passing yards (1.612) and all-purpose yards (1,922). His 86 completions on 146 attempts is fifth-most, his 18.7 yards per completion average is third, and his 151.6 quarterback rating is third. Walker has thrown 12 touchdowns and been intercepted six times, and it bears noting that he missed an entire game.

Evan Taylor is just 13 yards shy of leading 1A in total receiving yards at 566, those coming on 29 receptions, with three TDs a result. Drew Taylor (23-486, 5 TDs) is sixth in receiving yards, with Preston Walker (14-279, 3 TDs), Hunter Pauley (10-128, 1 TD) and Zach Rizzuti (7-121) also playing major roles in the aerial attack.

The ground game has not been a major focus, but has generated 570 yards and 12 TDs on 192 rushes. Dominic Walker (82-310, 4 TDs), and Wyatt Clark (37-115, 4 TDs) lead the way.

Evan Taylor (38.5) and Trent Hambleton (35), and Drew Taylor (27) are the top tacklers for a defense that has intercepted nine passes and recovered two fumbles.

Lucas Leiferman is tied for second in 1A with five interceptions, with Wyatt Appleseth (25 tackles) tied for fifth with six sacks.

The Mustangs would prefer not to put the ball in the air. Logan Bowie is 27-of-67 for 314 yards and 1 TD while tossing five interceptions. Dane Thompson (10-84), and Bo Lee (6-74) are the lead receivers.

East Marshall has rushed for 880 yards and eight TDs on 268 carries. Samuel Bandstra (100-359, 3 TDs), Garrett Kerber (45-127), Bowie (75-156, 2 TDs), and Lee (43-228) head the ground game.

Bandstra has been credited with 85 tackles, Kerber 62.5, and Tim Benson 51.5 for the Mustang defense. The team has fallen on eight opponent fumbles while intercepting five passes.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Admission is $6.

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