The Western JV Football team put its best effort of the season on display Thursday with a complete dismantling of Jackson Lumen Christi. When the dust settled, the Panthers were victorious 40-0 and pushed their season record to 3-2.
Western took the opening kickoff deep into Titan territory, but after a penalty found themselves facing a 4th and 13. Freshman QB Ty Keeler heaved a deep pass to the end zone and after a deflection sophomore Ethan Wagner made a beautiful one handed snag to put the Panthers on the scoreboard. Sophomore Cooper Tinnermon’s PAT was true and Western went up 7-0.
Lumen had some success on the ground in the first possession, but the Panther defense stiffened and stopped them in the red zone. The Titans didn’t muster up much offense the rest of the way, with Western’s offensive and defensive lines dominating the trenches. Keeler scored on two short yard TD runs in the last 4 minutes of the half and Western found themselves up 20-0 at intermission.
The second half of the game was even worse for the Titans, as Western continued their dominance. Sophomore running back Koi Adams scored on a 29 yard TD run, and Keeler tacked on his third rushing touchdown of the evening, making the score 34-0 going into the 4th quarter. The Western starters enjoyed one play in the 4th quarter as Keeler connected with Wagner again on a 43 yard touchdown toss. As time expired on the 40-0 thrashing, Western fans rejoiced in the victory, but it was hard to swallow the fact that the Varsity team would not have the same opportunity the following evening. The JV squad will finish their season next week as they host Coldwater.