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Requena shines in Pekin victory

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Aug 22, 2017

Pekin had a great showing in its first football game of the season Friday as it walloped Albia 41-7 at home.

The Panthers got the scoring started in the first quarter thanks to a safety. Monico Requena then ran the ball in from 40 yards out to extend the Panthers’ lead to 9-0.

Albia answered when Tyler Stringfellow caught a 57-yard pass from Brett Leshen to cut into the lead, 9-7.

Requena continued to show off his wheels in the second quarter when he returned a punt 80 yards for a score. The point after was no good so the score stood at 15-7. Later, Requena punched in another touchdown, this time from 2 yards out to extend the lead to 22-7.

The third quarter began with a score from you-know-who. That’s right. Requena ran back a punt nearly as long as before, this one 65 yards. After a safety, the Panthers saw their lead balloon to 31-7.

Levi Rohr made a 24-yard field goal attempt to start the fourth quarter. Albia later fumbled the ball on the 13-yard-line, which a Panther picked up and ran into the endzone for the final score, 41-7.

Requena finished the game with 90 yards on 14 rushing attempts. Torell Washington carried the ball six times for 51 yards. Chandler Eckley had 24 yards on nine attempts.

Chase Eckley caught two passes for a total of 53 yards. Levi Long caught one for 22 yards, and Chandler Eckley corralled one for 17.

Connor Reed led the Panthers in tackles with four, including two for a loss. Keaton Baayen had three. Washington had two, including one for a loss. Chandler and Chase Eckley each had two.

Rohr had a great night in kickoffs as he totaled 357 yards on seven attempts. His longest went for 60 yards.

“Overall, I was pleased with our effort and how physical we played,” said Panther coach Brent Blakely. “We learned a lot about ourselves as you typically do in your first game. I was impressed with how well we handled Albia’s different offensive looks. We threw a lot of things at our defense not really knowing what we would see and they handled it well.”

Blakely said he was also pleased with how well the special teams played.

“Both our kicking and return game were on par,” he said. “We still have a lot of things to polish up this week before we play in the backyard brawl this Friday at Sigourney.”

Pekin’s game Friday in Sigourney starts at 7:30 p.m.

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