Snyder spoils Panthers' homecoming with 14-12 upset win


The Fort Stockton High School Panthers suffered their first loss of the season, losing their homecoming game 14-12 to the Snyder Tigers.

Snyder (1-0, 1-4) came into the game winless on the year, but with an open week to prepare for the Panthers.

Fort Stockton (1-1, 5-1) now heads into its open week. The Panthers face Monahans (1-1, 1-5) on Oct. 18 in Monahans.

Ironically, it is the second consecutive season that the Panthers started 5-0 before losing Game 6 to Snyder.

The loss also snapped Fort Stockton's 7-game home win streak dating back to last season.

The Panthers started strong, forcing Snyder to punt after three plays, and then seeing the offense mount a 92-yard, 8-play touchdown drive, capped by Dominic Aguilar's 45-yard scoring pass to Derek Hernandez. But, it what would prove a costly miscue, Tino Martinez' PAT kick missed wide left.

The scored stayed 6-0 until 6:15 left in the second quarter when Snyder used a hook-and-lateral pass play for a 22-yard scored. The PAT gave Snyder the lead at 7-6 and marked the first time Fort Stockton trailed at halftime this season.

The Panthers had two touchdowns called back due to penalties – a 20-yard Aguilar-to-Hernandez pass play in the 2nd quarter, and  a 50-yard run by Gabe Calzada in the 3rd quarter. Aguilar also threw an interception on a play from the Snyder 19 in the first quarter.

Fort Stockton went four-and-out to open the second half. Snyder then went up 14-6 on a 54-yard scoring drive.

The Panthers scored on their own hook-and-lateral play with 3:18 left in the game as Erik Bislar hit Jesse Franco, who caught the ball and pitched it to Calzada who ran it in.

But the 2-point conversion was stopped, and Snyder was able to convert a key first down to run out the clock.

In other 4A-2 District 1 games:

• Pecos 34, Monahans 32

• Greenwood 74, Lamesa 14

• Sweetwater: open week

In other games:

• Winters 40, Iraan 6

• Marfa 45, Buena Vista 14