The Athens Review
The Mabank Panthers picked up it's first win of the 2013 season with a 27-14 win over rival Kemp Friday night at Panthers Stadium.
Mabank (1-3) senior Dylan Schneider put the game away for the Panthers in the second half with the game-winning touchdown and the insurance touchdown with 1:03 remaining in the game.
Following a scoreless third quarter in which Kemp held a 14-13 lead following a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Calbert Hukill, Schneider found an opening in the Yellowjackets defense and blasted his way 32-yards for the touchdown on a reception from junior quarterback Cody Thompson.
The first three drives for both teams in the second half saw interceptions as Mabank's Dalton Reeder picked off two Corey Watkins passes.
Kemp (0-4) got an interception of its own as Watkins intercepted a Thompson pass deep in Yellowjackets territory.
The opening score of the game came with 8:16 remaining in the opening quarter as Pedro Valdez blasted a 45-yard field goal through the uprights for the early 3-0 lead.
Kemp then put together a nice drive with a 19-yard touchdown run by Matt House with 2:23 remaining in the first quarter for the 7-3 lead. Forrest Summerhill booted the PAT good.
Mabank then countered to take the lead back in the second quarter as Reeder hauled in a six-yard touchdown reception from Thompson for the 10-7 lead. Valdez booted his second PAT good with 11:54 remaining in the first half.
Valdez would then give the Panthers a 13-7 lead as he blasted a 37-yard field goal through the uprights for the 13-7 lead with 1:08 remaining in the first half.
Kemp was led by Watkins who threw for 168 yards on 12-of-21 completions with two interception. Kemp had 155 total yards on the ground led by Watkins with 12 carries for 49 yards.
Mabank was led by Thompson — who threw for 98 yards on 9-of-17 completions with two touchdowns and one interception. The leading rusher was Clay Gaddis with 16 carries for 64 yards.
Kemp also had six fumbles in the game and lost four of them to Mabank.
Mabank 27, Kemp 14
Kemp 7 7 0 0 14
Mabank 3 10 0 14 27
M — Pedro Valdez 45 FG 8:16
K — Matt House 19 run (Forrest Summerhill kick) 2:23
M — Dalton Reeder 6 from Cody Thompson (Valdez kick) 11:54
M — Valdez 37 FG 1:08
K — Calbert Hukill 90 kickoff return (Summerhill kick) :50
M — Dylan Schneider 32 from Thompson (Valdez kick) 11:45
M — Schneider 6 run (Valdez kick) 1:03
First Downs 19 15
Rushes-Yards 38-155 34-138
Passing Yards 168 98
Comp-Att-Int. 12-21-2 9-17-2
Fumbles-Lost 6-4 1-1
Punts-Avg. 1-16 2-43.5
Penalties-Yards 3-25 3-20
Rushing — K: Corey Watkins 12-49; Matt House 10-41; Forrest Summerhill 1-2; Olice Rogers 9-41; Daniel Garcia 5-25; Calbert Hukill 1-(-3). M: Clay Gaddis 16-64; Cody Thompson 11-34; Garrett Holcomb 1-(-3); Dylan Schneider 4-61; Colt Conway 2-2.
Passing — K: Corey Watkins 12-21-2-168. Mabank: Cody Thompson 9-17-2-98.
Receiving — K: Braxton Allison 7-117; Hukill 3-40; Rogers 2-11. M: Holcomb 1-6; Dalton Reeder 3-23; Schneider 4-59, Conway 1-10.