A back and forth score change between home team Maxwell and Etna, last Friday, was a total team effort by the Panthers. But as the clock counted down, Maxwell fell just one point shy of a win. Final score: 25-24.
Scoring a touchdown in every quarter, Maxwell’s quarterback, Trent Hendrix, put the Panthers on the board with a 62-yard touchdown to tie the score 6-6. Hendrix connected with Tony Lopez in the start of the second quarter for 58-yard rushing touchdown, again tieing the score 12 all.
After the half, Etna’s Braden Duerr walked into the endzone on 32-yard rush, grabbing an 18-12 lead for the Lions over the Panthers.
Etna’s punt to Maxwell landed mid-field to Maxwell’s Isaiah Cardenas, who rushed 58-yards for a Panther touchdown and a 18-18 tie score.
Defense by both teams controlled the remaining of the third quarter, allowing neither team to find the end zone. Maxwell found success early in the fourth with a 7-yard pass from Hendrix to Wyatt Hendrix, giving Maxwell their first lead of the night, 24-18.
With time winding down and unable to convert on downs, Maxwell punted for the last time of the game but couldn’t hold off the Lion’s offense, allowing a 21-yard touchdown by Duerr, tieing the score 24-24. Kicking the ball through the uprights was good from the Lions, but their extra point cost Maxwell the game.
“We ran a totally different offense from last week,” said Head Coach, Russ Jones. “Coach Urretia spent the week prepping the team and we will continue to work on areas that need improvement.”
Trent Hendrix threw two touchdown passes for a total of 163-yards. Christian Cabrera lead the team in tackles with 10 total and two assists. Raul Quintero had five tackles and one assist and a sack.
Maxwell now sits 0-3 in the Cascade Valley League and will travel to Portola Friday for a conference game at 7 PM. ■