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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 21, 2017

Pekin defeats Cardinal to stay perfect

By Justin Webster, Ledger sports editor | Sep 26, 2017
Photo by: KEVIN ROHR Panther quarterback Caleb Comstock (16) throws a pass to Keaton Baayen (23).

PACKWOOD — After a 5-0 start, Pekin football hosted 1-4 Cardinal for Homecoming last week. 629 yards of total offense and eight unanswered touchdowns later, the Panthers held a 56-0 lead.

Just before the half, the Comets’ Gabe Reyes scored on an 80-yard run, but a missed two-point conversion attempt failed to extend the game into the second half. Reyes ran for 114 yards on 17 attempts for an average of 6.7 yards per carry. Cardinal quarterback Trey Albert was 8-24 with 104 yards passing.

Pekin junior quarterback Caleb Comstock threw for 95 yards and two scores, while the running game recovered from three lost fumbles to rush for 511 yards and six touchdowns on 37 carries. Dayne Eckley ran for four touchdowns, 181 yards on just seven touches. Torell Washington ran for 145 yards and one touchdown on five carries.

Cameron Millikin and Drake Harbison led the Panthers’ in tackles with three.

Head Panther Brent Blakely was pleased with his team’s start, “I thought our kids did a nice job setting the tone early. I’m very pleased with where we are right now, but we have things we have to clean up — penalties — if we’re going to be standing at the top of the district at the end of the season.”

This Friday, Cardinal hosts New London while Pekin puts its perfect season on the line against Lynnville-Sully.

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