The Austin-East Roadrunners are a very talented football team on both sides of the ball and, though the effort was there, once again from the Stone Memorial squad came out on the short end of a 52-7 score.

The visitors began on offense from their 20-yard line and mixed the run and pass to score quickly and take a 6-0 lead with just over nine minutes remaining in the opening period. Lincoln Anderson scored from seven yards out and this young man would be a thorn in the side of the Panthers throughout the evening.

The Roadrunner kickoff went to Chris Pelfrey at his 15-yard line and after a couple of good blocks from his teammates, he streaked down the left sideline for 85 yards and a Panther score. The PAT by Evan Sanders had Stone with a 7-6 lead and the homecoming crowd was excited.

Again, the Roadrunners moved the ball downfield and it looked like the Panthers had stopped them when Tommy Smith and Bryant Reagan sacked the quarterback and Austin-East was faced with fourth down and goal from the 17-yard line. With their placekicker out with an injury the visitors chose to go for the score and Anderson stretched the ball over the goal after grabbing a pass. The two point conversion had the Panthers trailing by a 14-7 margin.

Pelfrey managed another good kick return and Stone began at their 40, but couldn't move the ball. Following a Sanders punt the Roadrunners scored in five plays with Anderson again doing the honors for Austin East. Coach Marty Davis said, "This was just a tough night for us. We had a bad night throwing the ball and interceptions really hurt us." He added, "Austin-East does a really good job of mixing the pass and run."

The Roadrunners led 20-7 after one quarter and they were stopped on their initial possession of the second period, thanks in large part to the efforts of defensive back Nick Bussey. Of Bussey's effort Davis said, "Nick played a great game for us tonight. This was definitely his best game of the year."

After receiving the Roadrunner punt the Panthers were victimized by a pass interception by Anderson who returned it for a touchdown and the lead was 28-7 with nine minutes remaining before halftime. They would score again with 5:29 remaining as Anderson hauled in a 61-yard pass and the Panthers trailed by a 36-7 margin.

The Panthers were beginning to move the ball on their next possession but Austin East's Josh Sawyer intercepted a pass with 43 seconds remaining and the Roadrunners scored with 12 seconds remaining before halftime for a 44-7 lead.

On the Panthers' initial possession of the second half Anderson again intercepted and this time returned the ball 70 yards for a score and a lead of 52-7.

Both coaches then gave playing time to several of their players and neither team could manage a score.

Davis said, "I continue to be proud of the effort of our kids. We are in one of the toughest regions in the state and our players keep their heads high and practice and play hard and we are going to continue to do so.

"Next week we go to Livingston to take on the Wildcats and they run a wide open offense and will try to spread us out. They have a good quarterback and we will be tested again. We will give it our best shot and try to come away with a win."

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