PANORA — Senior quarterback Dominic Walker leads Class 1A with 1,982 passing yards and is tied for the lead with 19 touchdown aerials after spinning the pigskin for seven first-half scores Panorama’s 53-8 thrashing of visiting East Marshall (2-6) Friday.
The Panthers improved to 6-2 overall with the Pod 12 win and will travel to face Pella Christian (5-3) Oct. 23 in the second round. The Eagles were 26-6 winners over Hudson (2-5) in the other Pod 12 contest Friday.
“Our goal was to come out and execute on both sides of the ball and we were able to do just that,” Panorama head coach Mike Kauzlarich said. “Dominic Walker was very efficient and our line did a great job of giving him time. We have so many talented receivers it makes life for defenses very tough.”
Walker hooked up with Evan Taylor for a 49-yard score to start the onslaught. He then connected with Zach Rizzuti for TDs of 44 yards and of 15 yards before finding Taylor again, this time from 15 yards away. A 41-yard scoring strike to Hunter Pauley pushed the Panther lead to 33-0 after just 12 minutes of play.
Drew Taylor scored on a 63-yard Walker pass, with Rizzuti pulling down a 43-yard TD aerial minutes later. Walker booted 5-of-7 PAT kicks to help set the halftime score at 47-0.
Preston Walker scored on a four-yard run to give the home team a 53-0 lead after three quarters, with Tim Benson falling on a Panorama fumble in the end zone in the fourth frame for the only Mustang score. Angel Clover ran in the conversion to set the final.
“We have to clean those things up,” Kauzlarich said of the fumble. “Even though it was our back-ups we focus on correcting those mistakes as a team.”
Dominic Walker was 14-of-16 for 370 yards and seven TDs through the air for the Panthers, with Cayden VanMeer 2-of-3 for 11 yards.
Evan Taylor now leads 1A with 631 receiving yards, with Drew Taylor two yards shy of second place with 599 yards.
Drew Taylor (4-113, 1 TD), Rizzuti (3-112, 3 TDs), Evan Taylor (2-65, 2 TDs), Pauley (1-41, 1 TD), Lucas Leiferman (1-18), Jack Weinkoetz (2-9), Austin Block (1-8) and Preston Walker (2-15) all caught passes for the hosts.
The Panthers gained 98 yards on 20 rushes, with Preston Walker (11-73, 1 TD) and Dominic Walker (3-20) leading the way.
“Our defense also played lights out and we were able to build a huge lead going into half,” Kauzlarich said. “After half we gave our varsity players a series of offense and defense and then were able to play only reserves. This was good for our program to get the younger guys some postseason experience and allows us to continue to improve with them.”
Dominic Walker, Drew Taylor, Wyatt Appleseth, Nile Lindstrom, Jacob Walker, and Cooper Andersen each recovered a Mustang fumble. A total of 22 Panthers had at least one tackle, with Appleseth and Jacob Walker each recording a sack. Gavin Godfrey and Evan Taylor both had three tackles for loss.
The Panther defense has now allowed just 18 points in the last five games.
Logan Bowie was 2-of-4 for just 17 yards passing for East Marshall, with Dane Thompson catching both passes.
Thompson (6-50), and Samuel Bandstra (10-51) led the Mustang ground game, which finished with 129 yards on 30 rushes.
Friday’s second round game at Pella will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $6. ThePerryNews.com will have a complete game preview next week.