WICHITA, Kan. The Derby Panthers faced their first true test of the season against the Bishop Carroll Golden Eagles. Since 2012 the two programs have combined for six state titles, three from each. It would be the Panthers who would come out on top of Friday's matchup 24-6 behind an ironman performance from Hunter Igo.
Sep, 21, 2018; Wichita, Kansas, USA; during a game betweeen the Bishop Carroll Golden Eagles and Derby Panthers ©Kelly Ross
When starting quarterback Grant Adler went down on the first drive for the Panthers, the Derby senior knew exactly what to do, after all, he had been put into the same situation a year ago. Igo started the game at safety for the Panthers but would have to pull double duty stepping in at quarterback.
"Hunter [Igo] didn't take one snap all week, he's maybe taken two snaps all year at quarterback so he is riding off of last year," said Derby Head Coach Brandon Clark. "He's a leader, the kids were ready to jump on his back, they were upset when Grant [Adler] got hurt but they knew Igo would help them out."
Despite not working with the offense leading up to Friday's game, Igo showed flashes of his performance from a year ago. Igo found the endzone once on the ground and once through the air, finding Davin Simms on a 16-yard touchdown pass.
When asked about his performance, the Panther captain quickly praised his teammates for their support.
"I just want to do the best for my teammates," said Igo. "I want to do whatever I can to help every single one of them so if that's what it takes, that's what it takes."
Bishop Carroll found bright spots in the performance from KU commit Clay Cundiff, the senior hauled in a touchdown pass in the first half, the only time the Golden Eagles would find the endzone.
The Panther defense was stingy, forcing turnovers which included an interception from defensive back Dax Benway and a forced fumble. Special teams proved to be no different. Derby capitalized on an errant snap on a Bishop Carroll punt, which would lead to a block and a scoop and score by Cade Lindsey.
Next, the 4-0 Derby Panthers will host a conference foe in Salina South, while Bishop Carroll will look to add another tally in the win column against Great Bend.