BGM holds Panther offense to 95 yards Friday
BROOKLYN — BGM’s Jack Kline rushed for 159 yards and the normally potent Pekin rushing game was held silent in a 26-0 win for BGM Friday.
Pekin attempted just three rushes in the first quarter and ended with 83 rushing yards on 31 attempts. Workhorse running back Quentin Garrels had 38 yards on 13 carries, and Petie Clubb finished with 35 yards on six rushing attempts.
“They dominated us on the line,” said Pekin head coach Joe Donovan. “They were the more physical team than us, and we just couldn’t find any rhythm.”
The shutout loss was a disappointing end to a regular season that saw Pekin contending for the district title up until the very last day. The Panthers, who were also battling for homefield in the first round of the playoffs, will instead have to take a trip to Lisbon to face the defending state champion Lions.
With a win over Montezuma, Lynnville-Sully claimed the Class A District 6 title and BGM finished in second place. Both teams will have homefield in the first round of the playoffs.
Garrels did return a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown early in the game that was called back. The score would’ve made the deficit 14-7, but instead it killed any momentum Pekin could have gained.
“After that, it just kind of snowballed,” said Donovan.
On defense, Tanner Adam had a team-high 13 tackles. Eric Adam and Jared Bond made 12 stops apiece.
The Panthers now must quickly rediscover what made them so tough in the season’s early going.
“It’s one of those things where we’ve just lost our focus as a team. We need to get back to playing how we were earlier in the year,” Donovan said.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday in Lisbon.