The Maxwell Panthers gained momentum early on in their game against the Foresthill Wildfires on Friday, and maintained it throughout the entire game en route to a 46-0 win.
The Panthers were dominant across all three phases of the game. On offense, that was particularly the case in the first quarter, when the Panthers seemingly scored at will: In just over a dozen first quarter plays, the Panthers scored four times.
Maxwell was dangerous both on the ground and through the air, racking up a total of 339 yards rushing and 135 yards receiving over the course of the game. A total of six players scored for the Panthers on the night, with quarterback Chubby Rangel leading the charge.
Rangel finished 4/6 with 135 yards passing and 3 touchdowns, in addition to 76 yards on the ground and a rushing score. Donnie Manson finished with 3 catches for 87 yards and hauled in two of Rangel’s touchdown passes. Gustavo Ambriz snagged the other, a 48-yard strike. Maxwell’s rushing attack was led by Isaac Magana, who tallied 99 yards and a score on 5 carries. Manson, who also saw some time at quarterback, added 44 yards and a score on 2 carries, and Dylan Jones had 55 yards and a score on 5 carries.
Junior Wade Wycoff scored his first career touchdown on Friday, and tallied 38 yards on four carries.
As a team, the Panthers averaged 13.6 yards per carry and 33.8 yards per pass completion.
The Panthers’ special teams play was much improved over last week, making sure that the Wildfires would have to find a way through the Panthers’ defense to reach the end-zone. That proved to be an incredibly difficult task.
On defense, the Panthers were a nightmare for the Wildfires’ sophomore quarterback, Justin Leyba, picking him off four times and sacking him three. Wyatt Perry snagged two errant passes by Leyba, while Rangel and Ambriz notched an interception each. Manson, Jake Sutton, and Conner Lovelace each recorded a sack. The Panthers’ defense held Foresthill to just 107 total yards and allowed just one completed pass by Leyba.
Senior linebacker Dylan Jones led Maxwell in tackles with 18.
“We executed very well tonight. A few adjustments will be made before heading into our next tough match-up with Fall River, but we played well tonight.,” Maxwell head coach Russ Jones said.
The Maxwell junior varsity squad defeated Foresthill 14-0.
Next up, the Maxwell Panthers travel to McArthur to face off against Fall River on Friday, Sept. 16 at 7:00 PM. The JV game begins at 5:00 PM.
—Cheri Azevedo contributed to this story