Panthers corral Mustangs to finish season

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Panorama's Braedon Draper runs through a big hole in the Davis County defense. Photo courtesy Betty Cooper.

PANORA, IA — The smaller schools in Iowa are allowed to play a ninth game — which they schedule after week eight — if they are a non-playoff team. One such game was played Thursday, with 1A District 7 Panorama (3-6) whipping 2A District 6 Davis County (3-6), 42-14.

Panorama jumped to a 21-6 lead after one quarter of play. Ryan Cogil’s 13-yard touchdown run created a 6-0 margin, but Davis County tied the score with a 46-yard TD run.

The hosts responded with a 5-yard TD run from Braedon Draper and a two-point conversion followed by Cogil bursting 58 yards to the end zone. Jacob Walker booted the PAT to push the score to 21-6.

Cogil added another 58-yard scoring jaunt and Walker the PAT as the margin grew to 28-6 in the second frame.

Quarterback Cayden VanMeer stands third in 1A after nine weeks with 120 completions this season. One of those was a 41-yard TD connection with Klayton Bremer, with a Walker boot setting the halftime score at 35-6.

Braedon Draper finishes his senior year tied for the 1A runner-up spot, through nine games, with 49 receptions. One of his five snags Thursday resulted in a 23-yard TD in the third quarter, with Emil Buhl’s PAT creating a 42-6 margin.

Davis County scored with a 24-yard pass and a two-point conversion in the fourth to cap the scoring.

Panorama finished with advantages of 239-47 in passing yards and 245 to 141 in ground yards.

VanMeer was 16-of-25 for 218 yards and two scores, with Gavin Lindstrom 2-of-4 for 21 yards with one interception.

Bremer (7-99, 1 TD), Draeper (5-83, 1 TD) and Brayden Meinecke (3-41) led the receivers, with Connor Love (1-7), Braylon Dawes (1-5) and Landon Howard (1-4) also involved.

Cogil (8-162, 3TDs), Draeper (4-36, 1 TD), Sawyer Simmons (6-29), Austin Wagner (2-10), Walker (3-8) and VanMeer (1-0) all carried the ball for the hosts.

Dawes had an interception and Love a fumble return, with Cogil making 9.5 tackles (three for a loss), Draeper five and Will Knapp four.

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