Panthers have remarkable game on Senior Night against Belleville East

BY COLTEN STEELE
WEEKLY REPORTER
Running back Mason Hewitt scored three touchdowns during the Panther's 70-28 win over Belleville East. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Running back Mason Hewitt scored three touchdowns during the Panther’s 70-28 win over Belleville East. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

O’FALLON – The Panthers could not find their way out of the endzone on Friday night as they scored 70 points and Senior running back Mason Hewitt found the endzone five times and broke two school records as well.

“It is always great to get the win on senior night. They mean so much to our program and they provide crucial leadership for us,” Coach Brandon Joggerst said.

The Panthers got off to a strong rushing attack in the beginning of the first quarter as Hewitt had runs for 33 and 50 yards to set up running back Darryl Cobb. Jr as he found the endzone twice in the first quarter. The Panthers would take a 14-0 lead into the second quarter.

Coach Joggerst complimented his offense saying, “Offensively we were able to execute very efficiently. We were able to mix the run and pass. The line was very good as they opened up holes for Mason, and Christian was very productive.”

O’Fallon had a huge second quarter as they put up 28 points to take the lead 42-14 at half. Quarterback Christian Perez had a 22-yard touchdown pass to Darryl Cobb Jr. to give him three touchdowns total on the night. Hewitt wasn’t done as he took back an 82-yard kick return for a touchdown with five seconds left in the half.

In the third quarter the Panthers put up another 28 points to extend their lead to 63-28.

Hewitt scored three touchdowns in the quarter and gained 130 yards on the ground. On the game, Hewitt broke the single season rushing record, had 341 yards on 25 carries, a kickoff returned for a touchdown, and five touchdowns total.

Wide Reciever, Darryl Cobb Jr. had six catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns.

Quarterback Christian Perez threw for 223 yards and three touchdowns with a 70.6 completion percentage.

The Panthers earned their fifth win of the season and became playoff eligible.

“To become playoff eligible is a testament to the hard work and dedication from the players. To string together four wins in succession shows a lot of perseverance from the players,” Coach Joggerst said.

The Panthers will host conference opponent East St. Louis this week in their final regular season game.