PBL Youth Football mighty mites, juniors improve to 2-0 with win over Iroquois West

GILMAN – The Paxton-Buckley-Loda Youth Football mighty mites team won 20-12 Saturday over Iroquois West to improve to a record of 2-0.

“(It was a) hard-fought victory,” PBL head coach Dirk Craig said.

After the Raiders scored a touchdown in the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead, the Panthers’ Dylan Blackburn ran for a 25-yard touchdown to tie the game.

Jami Lee found an opening over right tackle and scampered 30 yards to the end zone. Kam Brown added two points on the extra-point kick to give PBL a 14-6 advantage.

In the third quarter, Lee broke several tackles and scored from 63 yards out to push the Panthers’ lead to 20-6.

The Raiders scored late to make it the final 20-12. They had two other chances in the red zone in the fourth quarter, one created by a PBL fumble, but the Panther defense thwarted both chances by recovering a fumble with 6:39 left in the game and forcing a turnover on downs with 3:13 remaining.

“Iroquois West played hard and didn't make it easy for us,” Craig said. “I think our defensive line stepped up and played well, especially Aiden Sanken and Sebastian McMahan. But the star of the day defensively was Jami Lee. We don't keep tackling stats, but he had to have 25 tackles. Seriously, he was all over the field making stops. The kid was amazing and deserves to be recognized.”

The Panthers will host the Dwight Trojans at 1 p.m. next Saturday. 

“Thanks, as always for our great parent and fan support,” Craig said. 

Juniors

The PBL juniors team moved to 2-0 on the season as well with a 14-0 shutout of the Raiders.

PBL was able to drive down to inside the 10 yard line on their first offensive drive but came up short, turning the ball over on downs.

“We have to be able to put points up on the board when we get that close,” PBL head coach Jim Hobson said.

The Panther defense was able to shut down the Raiders on their first offensive drive, giving the ball back to PBL, which was able to put the ball in the endzone on a Keegan Busboom touchdown run.  The first quarter ended with PBL ahead 6-0.

The PBL defense started the second quarter where it left off ,shutting down Iroquois West series after series. In the second quarter, Aiden Johnson was able to find the endzone, giving PBL the lead 14-0 following the two-point kick.

The second half saw both teams move the ball, but continue to find it difficult to put points on the board.

“At this point defensively, we are ahead of our offense,” Hobson said. “If we can match the play of our defense on the offensive side of the ball, we have the potential to put up a lot of points. We will look at film and find the areas we need to improve and work on it this week."

PBL will play Dwight in its home opener next Saturday. The mighty mites play at 1 p.m., the juniors at 3 p.m. and the seniors at 5 p.m.

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