PANTHERS PICK UP THIRD DISTRICT WIN IN A ROW
October 14 (MMS) – The Panthers returned home to Panther Field for the first time in three weeks and came away with a dominating 40-8 district win over the visiting Burkeville Mustangs. The offense rolled up solid numbers on the ground and through the air. The Panthers found the endzone five times converted on all five two-point conversions. Dreyden Cook, Sam Winn, and Ashtin Fountain each rushed for one TD while quarterback Clay Raney rushed for one TD and passed for one to brother Jake Raney. Cook had three two-point conversions, Fountain had one conversion, and Cazador Edgerton ran in the final conversion. The Panther defense played an error free/penalty free four quarters allowing just one lone fourth quarter touchdown to the Mustangs. Bryce Busby and Clay Moore locked down the run game up the middle while linebackers Ethan Pope, Isaiah Watzlavik, Winn, and the secondary had one of their best “team defense” games of the season. The Panthers (4-2, 3-2) will hit the road for their last away game of the season next Thursday when they travel to Sabine Pass to take on the Sharks at 5pm.
PANTHERS WIN AGAIN – GET REVENGE ON REBELS
October 7 (Evadale) – The Panthers travelled to Evadale Thursday afternoon looking for revenge after the Rebels eaked out an 8-0 district win early in the season at Mauriceville. The Panthers waisted little time as they jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Evadale would find the endzone late in the half to cut it to a 14-8 Mauriceville lead. The second half was all Panthers as they put up two more scores to cruise to a 28-8 win. Dreyden Cook and Sam Winn pounded the Rebel defense all afternoon as Cook rumbled for over 150 yards and 3 touchdowns while Winn went for over 80 yards and a touchdown. Winn also connected with Jake Raney on a 47 yard pass late in the second quarter. The “O” line, led by standout game from Bryce Busby, did a tremendous job opening holes for Cook and Winn. The Panther defense played another solid game as they held the Rebels running and passing game in check. Ashtin Fountain had two huge interceptions and Clay Raney also pulled in an interception late in the second half. The win moves Mauriceville to 2-2 in district play and 3-2 overall. MMS will look to win their third in a row when they host the Burkeville Mustangs next Thursday at 5:30.
PANTHERS GET BIG DISTRICT ROAD WIN
September 30 (Burkeville) – The Panthers picked up a big district road win Thursday afternoon as they downed the Burkeville Mustangs 20-6. Dreyden Cook had two first quarter touchdown runs and Sam Winn had a late second quarter TD run behind the solid blocking of Odes Gordan, Isaac Woods, Riley James, Luke Scott, Isaiah Watzlavik, and tight end Jeffrey Womack. Watzlavik also had a huge game on special teams as he averaged over 40 yards a kick on kickoffs. The defense held the Mustangs scoreless in the first half. Clayton Moore, Bryce Busby, Dayton Sterling, Cazador Edgerton, and Ethan Pope all had a tremendous game. Defensive back Sam Barnes had the defensive play of the game as he had a big interception lat in the first half. The second half saw the second team see a majority of the playing time and keep Burkeville to a loan fourth quarter score and secure the win. The Panthers (2-2, 1-2) will be on the road again next Thursday at Evadale.
PANTHERS EDGED BY PIRATES
September 23 (Deweyville) - The Panthers travelled to Deweyville Thursday afternoon for their first road game of the season. MMS jumped out 8-0 as Sam Winn (above #12) capped off a solid opening drive with a 10 yard touchdown run and Dreyden Cook (above #44) rumbled in for the 2-point conversion. After the defense held the Pirates on their first possession, Winn found the endzone again for a 62 yard touchdown to put the Panthers up 14-0. Deweyville would take advantage of a big kickoff return and would drive to a late second quarter touchdown cutting the Panthers lead to 14-6. Deweyville got the opening kickoff of the second half and would slowly move down the field and eat up the entire quarter. The Pirate possession went into the fourth quarter and ended with a touchdown and 2-point conversion that gave them a 16-14 lead. The Panthers moved the ball inside Pirate territory on two quick plays but a costly fumble would end the drive. Deweyville managed to run the clock out with another clock-eating drive to come away with the win. The loss drops MMS to 0-2 in district play and 1-2 overall on the season. The Panthers will look to get back in the win column when they travel to Burkeville next Thursday to play the Mustangs.
PANTHERS FALL IN TIGHT GAME WITH REBELS
September 16 (MMS) – The Panthers hit the field Thursday afternoon despite a week that saw Hurricane Nicholas keep them from practicing and even attending school on Tuesday. Coming off a week one win, the Panthers welcomed the Evadale Rebels to Panther Field to kick off district play. Both teams struggled to move the ball in the first half and the Panthers couldn’t take advantage of two Rebel turnovers. Dreyden Cook came up with a fumble recovery early in the first quarter and Jake Raney ended another Rebel drive late in the half with an interception. The game remained scoreless until Evadale found the endzone midway through the fourth quarter and converted the two-point conversion to go up 8-0. MMS seemed to have an answer as they drove inside the Rebel redzone but couldn’t convert as they turned the ball over on downs with just over a minute left in the game. Evadale took over and ran the clock out for an 8-0 win. The Panthers (1-1,0-1) will go back to work and hit the road next Thursday for a match-up with the Deweyville Pirates.
PANTHERS OPEN SEASON WITH BIG WIN
September 9 (MMS) – For the first time since 2018 the Panthers played a home game in Mauriceville. Storms and COVID have forced “home” games to be played at LCM’s Battlin’ Bear Stadium the past three years. The Panthers took full advantage of the opportunity as they welcomed the Bridge CIty Cardinals 8B team to Panther Field. Dreyden Cook got the Panthers on the board early in the first quarter with a 26 yard touchdown run to make it 6-0. Clay Raney came through on the next Cardinal possession with a big interception to set the Panthers up deep in BC territory. Raney, also the starting quarterback, took advantage and connected with Cook for an 18 yard touchdown pass (Raney ran in the 2-point conversion) to put the Panthers up 14-0. The defense, led by linebackers Sam Winn and Ethan Pope, would keep the Cardinals out of the endzone on a late drive and kept the lead to 14-0 going into halftime. Clay Raney and Dreyden Cook brought the fans to their feet once again as Raney hit Cook for an 87 yard TD pass on the first play of the third quarter to make it 20-0. The Panther defense played solid in the second half as they forced three BC turnovers. Isaiah Watzlavik had a forced fumble while Pope and Isaac McMillion each had a fumble recovery. The third turnover came on a Jake Raney interception late in the fourth quarter that sealed a 20-6 win for the Panthers. The Panthers (1-0) will host the Evadale Rebels next Thursday at 5pm.
PANTHERS SELECT FOOTBALL CAPTAINS
2021 FOOTBALL CAPTAINS (L-R) Dreyden Cook, Jake Raney, Clay Raney, and Sam Winn
STRANDBERG & STAFF READY EXCITED FOR NEW YEAR
Adam Strandberg returns for his second year as Athletic Coordinator at MMS. Strandberg is the Head Coach for Football, Basketball, and Track. Aaron Burke is back for his 26 year at Mauriceville and is an assistant for all Football, Basketball, and Track. Collin Foster is in his second year at Mauriceville and will an assistant for Football and Track. Cameron McIlwain, a Lamar University student, is volunteering again this year coaching Football, Basketball, and Track.
PEEVEY KICKS OFF YEAR WITH MEET THE BEARS
August 20 (LCM) – It was a great turnout for the return of “Meet the Bears” Friday afternoon at Battlin’ Bear Stadium. LCM Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Eric Peevey and the entire LCM Coaching Staff introduced the 2021-22 athletes and cheerleaders from LCM High School, LCJH, and MMS. Grant Loupe, Bryce Busby, Dayton Sterling, and AJ Graham are pictured above (L-R).
FORMER PANTHERS SHINE IN BEARS SCRIMMAGE
August 19 (LCM) – Former Panthers Jacob Burman (above Lt) and Jarvis Riley (above Rt) each had big plays in the LCM Bears varsity scrimmage win over the Bridge City Cardinals. Burman had a huge interception while Riley had a forced fumble and fumble recovery in the Bears 34-0 victory.
STRANDBERG HOSTS PARENT MEETING
August 12 (Field House) – Coach Adam Strandberg and his staff held their annual parent meeting Thursday afternoon following Meet the Teacher. General information, rules, expectations, calenders, and schedules were some of the topics of the meeting. The parents and athletes also got to see the improvements made to the weight room and locker room over the summer.
Boys Athletic Coordinator
LCMCISD Athletic Director