As lightning struck in the distance of the stadium, so did the Fort Stockton offense.
The Panthers recorded 308 total rushing yards as they spoiled Denver City’s homecoming with a 45-21 victory. Alonzo Corrall led the team with 177 yards on eight carries and three touchdowns runs from 90, 51 and 21 yards.
Fort Stockton opened up scoring with a high snap from Denver City heading behind their end zone for a safety. Despite a 2-0 deficit, that would be the closest the Mustangs would be from Fort Stockton.
The Panthers showcased their defense with a “scoop and score” as Ivan Pena took a 28 yard fumble recovery to end zone.
Denver City concluded the first half with a Gerald Grier 22 yard touchdown completion from Matthew De La Rosa. The Panthers took a 24-7 lead at the break.
On the first drive of the second half, Corral took 51 yards to extend the Panther lead to 31-7. Corral punched in the end zone once again from 21 yards to end his night with three touchdowns on the ground. The final Fort Stockton score would come from Kobe Henderson on a one yard QB sneak.
Denver City did “win” in some perspective that included fourth quarter scoring.
De La Rosa completed a three yard touchdown completion to Wesley Newberry to cut the Fort Stockton lead to 45-14.
The Mustangs would score one last time from De La Rosa as he kept a three yard QB run to take it home. De La Rosa finished the night five for nine on 51 yards, two touchdown through the air and one on the ground.
Fort Stockton’s Henderson finished five for 12 on 34 yards and a touchdown through the air. Newberry led the Mustang rushing with 85 yards on 16 carries.
In receiving, Montano recorded 21 yards on two receptions. Denver City’s Grier led all players with 28 yards on two receptions.
Denver City moves to 1-2 on the season while Fort Stockton moves to 2-1 on the season. The Panthers play hosts to Uvalde next Saturday and Denver City will travel to Kermit.