Derby gets first win of the season, outlasts Newton
NEWTON, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Trying to bounce back from a loss is unfamiliar territory for the Derby Panthers. The last time the team lost a game was the 2017 state title game. Following that, the Panthers went on a 26 game win streak that was snapped against Mill Valley in week one. Now, Derby will look to start a new streak with a Friday night win over the Newton Railers 43-31.
The contest started as a defensive struggle, neither team refusing to give up the big play. Newton’s front seven was big in slowing down the Panther rushing attack in the opening frame. Diego Arellano was a force up front, bringing down Derby runners in the back field and finding his way to pressure the quarterback. Junior defensive back Jonah Remsberg was able to capitalize on a Panther mistake on the final play of the first half with an interception returned for a touchdown.
On the opposite side, the Panther defense was equally as aggressive forcing the Railers to beat them through the air only after stuffing the run. Andon Carpenter set up shop in the Newton backfield for most of the night, even forcing a safety after an intentional grounding call in the end zone.
The first half ended with a two point Derby advantage in a relatively low scoring affair for each team. Both offenses eventually hit rhythm in the second half, finding the end zone on numerous occasions courtesy of big plays.
Derby is on the road for the third week in a row against Bishop Carroll while Newton travels to Maize.
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