By Joel Herrig
Murray County News Sports
It was a painful night of football for the MCC Rebels on Friday in Tracy. The Rebels had won three straight games coming into their match up with the TMB Panthers but on Friday the Rebels struggled to stop Sawyer Otto. If that wasn’t bad enough the weather conditions were painful in the literal term. The biting wind and cold made for a brutal night for MCC. Granted it wasn’t any warmer for the Panthers but when you are winning and playing well it is easier to deal with. The Rebels dropped a big game to the Panthers in the seventh of the season.
The Rebels allowed 35 points to the Springfield Tigers earlier this season and that was the most they have allowed in a single game all season. The Rebels allowed 36 in the first half of this game. It didn’t take long for the Panthers after MCC kicked the ball deep. It was recovered and returned to just the 19-yard line and things looked good for the Rebels. On the first play of the game, Sawyer Otto faked a handoff and took off.
The quarterback ran through the Rebels avoiding a tackler at the line of scrimmage and another 15 yards downfield and it was all Otto the rest of the way. Otto’s 81-yard run put the Panthers ahead and with the two-point conversion the Panthers led 8-0.
MCC answered back four minutes and 36 seconds later. The Rebels drove inside the Panther ten yard line mixing in short passes and the running attack led by Dylan Johnson. Blake Schmitz threw a perfect pass into the front corner of the end zone where Kyler Deacon brought in his second touchdown of the season. The two-point conversion was no good and the Rebels trailed 8-6.
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