The Panther’s league opener on August 22 may have been a loss, but the 14-10 nail-biter was nothing short of a great game for the hundreds of fans who showed up Friday night.
Menlo-Atherton took the lead early, scoring an 18-yard rushing touchdown just twelve minutes into the game.
Both teams had interceptions in the first quarter, but neither scored after Menlo-Atherton’s initial touchdown.
Early into the second quarter, Menlo-Atherton scored once again with a pass into the endzone for a touchdown.
It almost seemed at this point that the powerhouse Menlo-Atherton could not be stopped. But after a punt to Burlingame with six minutes to go in the second quarter, senior captain and starting quarterback completed a 43 yard pass to senior Dimitri Rally for the touchdown.
Early in the third quarter, the Panthers came even closer to a comeback, with senior kicker Gabe Hyman kicking a successful 25 yd field goal to make the score 14-10. But after several unsuccessful drives by each team, the Panthers officially fell to the Bears.
According to senior captains Savaun Brown and John Dryden, it should come to no surprise that Menlo-Atherton was a tough opponent.
“I think it’s going to be neck and neck between, maybe us and M.A. and Half Moon Bay for PAL,” Brown had said earlier in the season.
The loss against M.A. makes the Panthers 4-1 so far this season, with their PAL record now 0-1.
The Panthers look to even out their record this week against the Half Moon Bay Cougars on Friday, October 6, 2017. The game will be away, but the game will be live broadcasted by the National Federation of High School Sports Network. Tune in at 7:30 for kickoff.