Panthers score four different ways in taming of Bulldogs

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Michael Allen kicks off for Panorama during Friday's game at host Ogden. Photo courtesy Debra Grunsted.

OGDEN — Panorama scored on the ground, through the air and both a punt and a kick return to blast Ogden, 49-14, in Class 1A District 6 action Friday.

Panther senior Garrett Simmons scored on a punt return in the second quarter and on the opening kickoff of the second half, with Panorama quarterback Luke South throwing for two touchdowns while three different runners crossed the goal line en route to a 49-0 lead after three quarters. Ogden added one-yard and a 54-yard touchdown runs in the fourth quarter to generate the final score.

Panorama (3-1, 1-1) finished with 172 yards through the air and 150 yards on 28 carries on the ground, with Ogden (1-3, 0-2) passing for 80 yards and rushing for 126 and two scores on 28 carries.

Neither team had much success moving the ball in the opening frame, with the lone score a one-yard dive from Brody Rickheim that gave the Panthers a 6-0 lead.

The scoring floodgates opened in the second quarter, with Simmons collecting a Bulldog punt at his own 38 yard line and racing through the coverage for a 62-yard touchdown. Tanner Godfrey’s two-point conversion run moved the score to 14-0.

Rickheim struck again with a 34-yard scoring spurt, with Gunnar Grunsted finding the end zone on a 59-yard scoring connection from South. Michael Allen added both PAT kicks, putting Panorama in command at the break with a 28-0 lead.

It took only a matter of seconds into the third quarter for the lead to swell to 35-0 as Simmons sped 90 yards to pay dirt with the opening kick off of the second half. Levi Leiferman’s 18-yard TD reception and an eight-yard Allen dash — along with more point-after kicks from Allen — widened the gulf on the scoreboard to 49-0 after three frames.

Spencer Hunt (12) flattens Noah Snedden as Tanner Godfrey (10) runs down field. Photo courtesy Debra Grunsted.
Spencer Hunt (12) flattens Noah Snedden as Tanner Godfrey (10) closes in. Photo courtesy Debra Grunsted.

Ogden added a pair of fourth-quarter scoring runs — the first from a yard out and the second from 54 yards away — to produce the final margin.

South was 11-of-18 for two scores and 170 yards in the air, with Gracen Welberg completing his lone pass to Allias Stahl for two yards.

Blaine Barber (3-28), Godfrey (1-4) and South 1 (-9) had catches, with Grunsted’s 59-yard TD grab his lone snag. Leiferman led the team, finishing with 88 total receiving yards on five catches.

Rickheim totaled 88 rushing yards on 11 carries, with Leiferman (3-25), Barber (2-25), Trey Cobb (2-8), Allen (1-8), Levi Richey (2-6), South (5-3), Welberg (1-2) and Jacob Holwegner (1 for a loss of five yards) accounting for the Panther ground attack.

A Panther runners bulls ahead against the Bulldogs. Photo courtesy Debra Grunsted.
A Panther runners powers ahead against the Bulldogs. Photo courtesy Debra Grunsted.

Leiferman had two interceptions and 12 yards of return and Grunsted one pick for five yards with Simmons also making an interception. Leiferman also recovered a Bulldog fumble, with Grunsted and Jeremy Randol leading the tackle statistics with five stops apiece while Nick Thorn had a sack.

Panorama will host South Hamilton (1-3, 1-1) Friday for Homecoming. The Hawks fell to No. 7 Van Meter, 42-0, Friday after opening district play with a 23-17 win at NW Webster. South Hamilton began the season with a 7-0 setback at South Hardin and with a 37-7 home loss to Roland-Story.

 

The Panorama offense awaits a play call from the bench during their Class 1A District 6 battle with host Ogden Friday. Photo courtesy Debra Grunsted.
The Panorama offense awaits a play call from the bench during their Class 1A District 6 battle with host Ogden Friday. Photo courtesy Debra Grunsted.
Panorama left Ogden with a 49-14 win in Class 1A District 6 play Friday. Photo courtesy Debra Grunsted.
Panorama left Ogden with a 49-14 win in Class 1A District 6 play Friday. Photo courtesy Debra Grunsted.

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