PANORA — With starting quarterback Dominic Walker, top receiver Drew Taylor, and a handful of other key players unable to participate, host Panorama’s test in handling Class 1A No. 2 Van Meter Friday grew substantially.
That Taylor is second and Walker third in total tackles for the Panther defense only added to the odds stacked against the home team, with the 2019 state runner-up Bulldogs posting a 30-0 win.
“I thought our kids played hard, however, we had a really bad five-minute span late in the second quarter,” Panorama head coach Mike Kauzlarich said. “That really cost us with the bad snap on a punt for a safety, then we fumbled the kick-off return, and they we threw a pick the next drive. That was really hard to overcome on a night when you are down a few key players.”
Leading, 2-0, Van Meter moved in front 8-0 when Dalten Van Pelt broke free for a 55-yard touchdown run. Van Pelt scored from 10 yards out later in the frame as the margin grew to 15-0, with a 12-yard pass from Jack Pettitt to Ganon Archer setting the halftime score at 22-0.
Panorama simply could not sustain any offensive momentum in the game, and converted just 2-of-10 third down attempts and 1-of-5 on fourth down. Van Meter was 5-of-12 on third down and 2-of-3 on fourth down.
The guests capped the scoring in the fourth quarter when Archer found Chris Schreck for a 61-yard TD strike and a 30-0 advantage.
Pettitt was 5-of-8 for 58 yards and Archer 1-of-1 for 61 yards passing, each tossing a TD.
Van Pelt carried the ball 27 times for 199 yards and two scores.
Freshman Cayden VanMeer was forced into a starting role at quarterback and finished 7-of-8 for 51 yards. Austin Block saw time at QB as well, completing 6-of-9 for 43 yards and was intercepted once.
Evan Taylor (4-49), Lucas Leiferman (4-18), Hunter Pauley (2-17), Jack Weinkoetz (2-11) and Wyatt Clark (1, minus-1) had receptions for the hosts.
Clark (8-23), Pauley (7-16), Zach Rizzuti (1-9), Block (8-2) and VanMeer (4, minus-2) carried the pigskin for the Panthers.
Trent Hambleton had 6.5 tackles for the defense, with Evan Taylor adding six stops and Brice Taylor five. Weinkoetz, Wyatt Appleseth, and Jared Wasson each had sacks, with Weinkoetz causing a fumble on his sack, with teammate Jared Henderson falling on the ball.
Panorama (1-2) travels to unbeaten Woodward-Granger Friday. The Hawks have wins over Madrid (49-6), Ogden (42-14), and AC/GC (27-14), in order.