Panthers take bite out of WolvesPekin runs away with homecoming win over Winfield-Mt. Union
PACKWOOD — Just under a year ago, the Winfield-Mt. Union football team defeated Pekin in the 2015 de-facto district championship game. On Friday, though, the Panthers got their revenge.
A high-powered Pekin offense was too much for the Wolves as the Panthers upended W-MU, 43-6.
The Pekin offense scored twice in the first quarter, but not before a big play from W-MU’s Brock Mullin.
Mullin picked off Pekin quarterback Caleb Comstock on Pekin’s first drive for the first of three W-MU takeaways on the night.
The Wolves couldn’t get anything going offensively, however. The Panthers got the ball back and scored on a short run by Keaton Baayen, which was set up by a Tyler Copeland run to get Pekin in the red zone.
Later in the quarter, Trever Northup scored Pekin’s second rushing touchdown on a 41-yard run, which brought the lead to 13-0 after a failed extra point.
The Panthers started to pull away in the second quarter. Comstock got things going with a 10-yard touchdown run to stretch the lead to 20-0, and Monico Requena busted loose for a 58-yard score, making it 26-0.
Mullin had the Wolves’ biggest offensive play in the second quarter. He dashed up the right side of the field for a 38-yard run, but the Wolves couldn’t capitalize on the drive.
Pekin took a shot at a field goal at the end of the first half. It was no good, however, and the score remained 26-0 at halftime.
W-MU came out fired up defensively in the third quarter. The Wolves were able to hold the Panthers scoreless and forced two fumbles. Juanito Piper fell on one of the fumbles and Kyle Giese gobbled up the other.
Austin Lee had a 37-yard scramble in the third period, but once again a tough Pekin defense held W-MU scoreless and it was 26-0 heading into the final quarter.
“That was probably their best quarter all year,” said W-MU head coach Scott McCarty after the game. “We just talked [at halftime] about doing the little things.”
After a W-MU fumble gave the Panthers the ball at the end of the third quarter, Requena’s speed struck again. He broke free for a 75-yard touchdown run, which helped the Panthers stretch the lead to 33-0.
After a Panther field goal stretched the lead to 36-0, W-MU finally got on the scoreboard. Mullin took the ensuing kickoff and followed blockers up field for a 77-yard touchdown return. The extra point was no good, but the lead was cut to 36-6.
“Brock is a special kid,” said McCarty. “He has played receiver and we moved him to running back because he’s so fast. It was good to see him get his foot in the ground, make a kid miss and take it to the house.”
Late in the fourth quarter, however, Copeland punched in a one-yard touchdown run to put the final nail in W-MU’s coffin. The extra point was good and Pekin walked away with a 43-6 win.
“We tried some new things this week and the kids did a nice job opening things up for us at the line of scrimmage,” said Pekin head coach Brent Blakely about the win. “I feel like we have a lot of dynamic runners in the backfield. It’s just getting through the line of scrimmage.”
Pekin moved to 4-3 overall with the win and 3-2 in district play. They’ll play New London on the road at 7 p.m. Friday. W-MU (1-6, 1-4) will be at home for the last time this season in a matchup with North Mahaska.