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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 25, 2018

Pekin 2-1 after loss at MePo

By Justin Webster | Sep 11, 2018
Photo by: Photo submitted by KEVIN ROHR Pekin senior Tanner Bainbridge had eight touches for 19 yards and a score.

The Pekin football team traveled to Mediapolis Friday night and fought to the end before falling 28-21.

“I was really proud of how you guys battled back after facing a 14-0 deficit right out of the gate,” Head Coach Bud Blakely told his team after the game. “There were many missed opportunities for us and we had our chances. I didn’t need to say much about that, as our kids knew. The bottom line was, we lost to a good football team and we played our hearts out until the final second. We had no reason to hang our head.”

The second year coach added that the game was won by MePo in the turnover margin, something they held a 4-3 advantage in on the rainy field 90 minutes east of Pekin.

“You can’t lose that battle in big games and expect to win very often. We struggled to finish drives as well and were so close on so many things. Hats off to Mepo as they were able to make one more big play than us,” he said.

Stat studs

Senior fullback Zach Hammes is still working on his 1,000 yards with 14 carries for 65 on Friday while classmate Tanner Bainbridge had eight touches for 19 yards and a score.

The big piece of chicken went to Dayne Eckley who continued to tear apart opposing defenses with 23 carries for 197 yards, giving him 76 touches for 677 yards through three games with six touchdowns as well.

Senior Caleb Comstock was 5-8 passing with 137 yards and a 75-yard touchdown to Hammes. Junior Kennan Winn also had a big night receiving with two catches for 58 yards.

Defensively, the Panthers were led by nine tackles from sophomore Kale Baker who also had two tackles for loss. Senior Connor Reed and the junior Winn each had 6.5 tackles and a tackle for loss.

This week

Pekin will look to beat up 1-2 Davis County at the airstrip, although the Mustangs are riding high after a 41-0 victory over Van Buren.

“We will get back to being fundamental this week as they will challenge us in various things,” explained Blakely. “We will certainly focus on taking care of the football and not giving them extra opportunities. We will have another tough challenge this week as Davis County impresses me with good size up front and they have some nice backs to compliment that. We will need to clean some things up if we want to have any success against Davis County.”

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