PANTHERS SEASON END WITH HEART-BREAKING LOSS

The Burton Panthers’ 2018 season came to a heart-breaking end, falling in the Region IV/2A DII final, 30-28 to Falls City.

The Panthers (10-3) thought they had kicked a game-winning 27-yard field goal on the game’s final play.  However, Falls City Head Coach Britt Hart had called a time out just before the snap, forcing the Panthers to try again.  The second attempt missed, sending the Beavers on to the State Semi-Finals.

The Panthers took the early lead, on Caleb Harmel’s 41-yard touchdown pass to Tristan Brantley.

Tristan Brantley pulls in a Caleb Harmel pass for the Panther's first TD of the game.

Falls City responded with a pair of touchdowns and 2-point conversions, to take a 16-7 lead into the second quarter.

The Panthers cut the lead to 16-15 at halftime, after De’Monderick Winters scored on a 10-yard run.

De'Monderick Winters dives over the goal line for Burton's second TD of the game.

The two teams would trade touchdowns in the third quarter as Falls City took a 23-15 lead, before Winters responded with a 61-yard run.  The try for a two-point conversion failed, leaving the Beavers with a 23-21 lead.

De'Monderick Winters intercepts the Falls City points after attempt.

Falls City then scored once more, taking a 30-21 lead into the fourth quarter.

Burton rallied as Winters sprinted to his third touchdown of the evening with a 45-yard run.  After Tristan Brantley added the extra point, drawing the Panthers to within two points, 30-28.

Falls City advances on to the State Semifinals, where they will face Mart, 59-0 winners over Grapeland.

The Burton senior class leaves with a 41-13 mark over the past four years.

Panther defensive lineman Tyler Hall tackles a Falls City runner.

Burton Quarterback Caleb Harmel sprints for the goal line Thursday.

Cash Callahan leads the way as De'Monderick Winters makes a run.

Faithful Burton Panther fans make the trip to the Alamo dome Thursday evening.

Burton Quarterback Caleb Harmel in comforted by his Dad following the loss Thursday.

Burton coaches talk with the team after the loss Thursday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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