Derby uses 1st half explosion to top Maize South
Derby offense tallies 538 yards of total offense in win
WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - It didn’t take long for the Derby Panthers to find comfort on the road against Maize South, or points for that matter, as the offense only used 12 seconds of game time to find the end zone. It was the first of many first half scores for the Panthers on their way to a 52-14 win.
Entering the game, the Panthers had proven to be one of the most explosive offenses in the state, complete with arguably the top running back in Dylan Edwards. Scoring on each of the first three offensive plays from scrimmage, Edwards looked like he was playing with something to prove. The junior back rushed for 234 yards on his first four carries of the game, each for a touchdown.
Offensively, the Panthers were able to do whatever they wanted in the first half. Edwards was able to find paydirt six times in the first half to earn Panther points in addition to Quarterback Mercer Thatcher who broke off an early 2nd quarter run for a touchdown.
While it’s easy to highlight those who cross the goal line, the Panther’s offensive line proved again to be one of the more dominant units in the state. Down field blocking also aided in the Panther pursuit of more points.
Derby ended the game with 538 total yards of offense, 434 of them coming on the ground.
On defense, the Panthers successfully did what many teams have tried and slowed down Maize South on the ground. Miles Wash seemed to mirror Maize South’s best player in Evan Cantu. Wash made the tackle or was near the play each time Cantu’s number was called.
Brian Murph also made plays coming down from the secondary and filling running lanes while also defending the passing attack well. Derby’s defensive line also fit the bill, making plays in the Maize South backfield.
Derby will have homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, entering the 6A bracket as the top overall seed. Maize South will also look to draw a favorable spot in the 5A playoff picture.
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