Starting tailback Zac Kronbauer converted his only two carries of the day into touchdowns (40 and 65 yards) as the VSS Panthers smothered the Mt. Baker Wild 48-6 in high school football play Saturday in Cranbrook.
Quarterback John Garvie was 8-for-10 for 242 yards with two touchdowns (17 and 50 yards) as the Panthers scored on all five of their first-half possessions.
“Our passing game continued to improve this week and we were able to get receivers open downfield and in shallow routes,” said Panther head coach Sean Smith. “John is getting better and more confident each week which makes us more difficult to defend. Andy (Hladik) made an outstanding catch on his touchdown (50 yards) and Karson (Patommel) hauled one in from 17 yards out.”
Hladik finished with three catches for 115 yards, while Patommel racked up 72 yards on three receptions.
Tailback Liam Semeniuk scored touchdowns in the first (17 yards) and second (one yard) quarters to help the Panthers. He put up 21 yards on four touches.
“It was great to get Liam a couple of opportunities to score. He has had three previous touchdowns called back on penalties, so we were happy to see him finally have one count.”
Kyle Ryder scored on a 15-yard reverse pass to round out the scoring in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, Justin Haverkamp provided three tackles, while Ben Hladik recorded one tackle, two sacks and one fumble recovery.
Mitchell Pepper pocketed two tackles and one pick, while Carson Lebrecque and Yager Krenz each registered two tackles. Tyler Riva had one sack and one fumble recovery, while Zack Hyer earned one tackle and one sack.
The Panthers take on the Valleyview Vikings in league play Friday in Kamloops.
“Valleyview is undefeated in league and boasts a big, strong, athletic lineup,” said Smith. “This game will be a huge test to see where we fit in this year. There are no more easy games on our schedule – so from here on out we have to be on top of our game.”