PANTHERS OPEN HOOPS SEASON WITH TIGERS
November 16 (MMS) – The Panthers 2020-21 basketball season officially began with a home game against the Silsbee Tigers. The 7B tipped off the first of four games on the night and fell to the Tigers 31-9. AJ Graham led the Panthers with 5 points, 3 rebounds, and a block. Ian Milam had a great game with 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist while Jeffery Womack finished with 2 points. The 8B (pictured above) came away with a big 20-14 win. Caleb Hamilton had a game high 7 points along with 3 steals and 1 rebound. Dilon Cabrera had 4 pts, 4 steals, and 2 rebounds – Nevon Terry added 5 pts, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals – and Angel Medoza-Perez finished with 4 points, 3 steals, and 3 rebounds. The 7A fell 64-11 to a tough Tiger team. Jake Raney, Luke Levens, and Luke Scott each had 3 points for the game while Dayne Sunderland finished with two. The 8A lost by a score of 61-17. John Goddard led the Panthers with 5 points and 2 steals. Luke LeBlanc put up 5 points – Clayton Farwell had 4 points, 5 rebounds, and a steal – Brice Johnson chipped in 2 points – and Tucker Floyd finished with 1 point, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals. The Panthers will be back in action following the Thanksgiving break with a road trip to Bridge City on Thursday, December 3.
BASKETBALL OPENER WITH ORANGEFIELD CANCELLED
November 9 – The season opener at Orangefield scheduled for Thursday, November 12 has been cancelled. Orangefield notified MMS that because they are in the high school football playoffs their junior high would not be able to play. The OJH coaches are still coaching football and junior high basketball will not start until the playoffs are over for the school. A make-up game has not been determined but would have to be played at the end of the season. The Panther will now open the season at home on Monday, November 16 against Silsbee.
FOOTBALL RECEIVES GRANT
November 6 (LC-M Administration Office) – Coach Adam Strandberg accepted a generous grant from International Paper for the MMS Football program. A check in the amount of $2,541.90 was presented to Coach Strandberg to help replace football equipment that was destroyed during Hurricanes Laura and Delta.
PANTHERS SINK THE PIRATES IN SEASON FINALE
November 5 (Deweyville) – The Panthers wrapped up a crazy 2020 season with a big 16-6 win over the Deweyville Pirates. MMS took the opening kickoff and rolled down the field ending with a Tucker Floyd touchdown and two-point conversion. The Pirates would also score on their first possession but could not convert the two-point conversion cutting the lead to 8-6. The Panthers held that 8-6 lead at the half. Floyd would add another TD/Conversion in the 4 quarter to put the Panthers up 16-6 behind great blocking by offensive lineman Clayton Farwell, Dylan Cabrera, Carson McIlwain, Jaylon Broussard, and Ethan Childress. The defense played a tremendous game keeping the Pirates run attack scoreless for the final three quarters. Kaden Boatman had a huge game with several key tackles while Mason Floyd and Clayton Farwell each had a sack and a fumble recovery. The win put the Panthers at 2-2 overall and 1-1 in district play for a season that saw two hurricanes, a major train derailment, and COVID19 play havoc with their season schedule. Below the team gathered for a picture at the pre-game meal provided by the 8th grade parents and served by Amy McIlwain and Amberly Craft.
ORANGE NAZ CHURCH PROVIDES TEAM DINNER
October 22 (MMS) – The Panthers district game with the Sabine Pass Sharks was cancelled when the Sharks notified Coach Strandberg that they would be unable to play the game. The team still put in a hard week of practice and on gameday the Orange Naz Church provided a team dinner to promote “team week” at MMS. Pastor Brad McKenzie shared a motivational message and then Theresa Henry and the Boyle family treated the team and coaches with an amazing dinner.
COACHES TAKE THE ALS “ICE BUCKET” CHALLENGE
October 19 – The coaching staff did their part in accepting the ALS “Ice Bucket” challenge and the football team was happy to supply the ice water. From (L-R) are coaches Collin Foster, Cameron McIlwain, Adam Strandberg, and Aaron Burke. The coaches sent out challenges of their own to help support the fight against ALS.
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