Panthers overcome poor first half to rally for win over Monahans

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The Fort Stockton High School football team overcame a turnover-plagued first half to post its second consecutive win on the road over the Monahans Loboes on Oct. 18.

Fort Stockton improves to 2-1 in district and 6-1 overall. The team is in second place behind next week's opponent, defending district champ Greenwood (3-0, 7-0). Pecos (2-1, 4-4) is third and Monahans (2-2, 2-6) is in fourth, followed by Snyder (1-2, 1-6), Sweetwater (1-2, 1-7) and Lamesa (0-3, 0-7).

The Panthers trailed 13-7 at the half.

In the 3rd quarter, A.J. Garcia scored on a 30-yard touchdown. The snap was fumbled on the PAT, leaving the score knotted at 13-13.

The score was set up by two turnovers on the same play.

The Panthers took the lead for good in the fourth quarter, mounting a clock-chewing 62-yard, 11-play drive capped by a 16-yard run by Michael Ortega. It was his first touchdown of the season. Tino Martinez's PAT kick made the score 20-13

Pedro Vasquez – playing for the first time since the season opener over Kermit – scored the final touchdown to help seal the win.

Quarterback Dominc Aguilar's pass was intercepted on a play from the Monahans 38. by Bradden Kessey.

Kessey returned the ball across midfield, but fumbled the ball as he was tackled. The Panthers recovered at their own 43. A 26-yard run – more like a mad dash with a reversing of field – by Derek Hernandez set up Garcia's run.

The Panthers were their own worst enemies in the first half, committing three turnovers – including a 79-yard pick six to that put Monahans up 6-0.

Monahans' offense scored on a screen pass that went for a 61-yard scored, but was otherwise held in check by the Panthers, who forced the Loboes to punt on five other possessions.

The Loboes nearly scored on a second interception with 14 seconds left in the half as the Panthers tried a trick play where quarterback Dominic Aguilar pitched the ball to Iran Villarreal, who then tried to pass the ball downfield to Aguilar.

Villareal was able to knock the Leonard Davis out at the 1-yard line, setting up a three-play goal line stand that held Monahans from scoring at the second quarter clock expired.

Fort Stockton scored early in the second quarter on Aguilar's 2-yard run to cap a 10-play, 54-yard drive.

SCORING

1st:

M: Dominic Paredez 72-yard interception return. PAT Failed. 6-0, 2:15

M: Bond Heflin 61-yard touchdown pass to Lewis Wesley. PAT good. 13-0, :51

2nd:

FS: Dominic Aguilar 2-yard run. Tino Martinez PAT good. 13-7, 9:11

4A-2 District 1 scores:

Fort Stockton 26, Monahans 13

Greenwood 41, Snyder 0

Pecos 62, Sweetwater 49

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