The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Panthers top Mtn. View, Quitman

  • Heber Springs strong-armed senior quarterback Michael Kramer displayed the touch and accuracy necessary to disperse the ball to a bevy of young playmakers on Monday in 7-on-7 action at Panther Stadium.
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  • Heber Springs strong-armed senior quarterback Michael Kramer displayed the touch and accuracy necessary to disperse the ball to a bevy of young playmakers on Monday in 7-on-7 action at Panther Stadium. Kramer finished 26-of-41 with 5 touchdowns and 1 interception in 2 games as he spread the ball around to seven different receivers. The Panthers cruised past Mountain View (14-2) and Quitman (24-6). Mountain View and Quitman tied, 12-12. “We had five drops so he could have easily been 31-of-41, which would have been around 75 percent,” said Heber Coach Steve Janski. “He threw the ball extremely well, especially considering there was a 20 MPH wind out there. “I thought our guys did a great job defensively. There were a couple where they dinked us a little but but we didn't have any busted assignments. I am really excited about what we are doing schematically with our defense,” added Janski. The Panthers forced a three and out and got right to work against Mountain View as Eddie Torres and Ian Lowe caught consecutive passes from Kramer to pick up a first down. Chandler Marquardt, who will line up in the backfield this fall, showed his receiving skills with two catches on the drive, including a 20-yarder that set up first and goal. On third and goal, Kramer found Marquardt on a quick out for a 3-yard touchdown. Heber quickly struck again on its next possession as Kramer hooked up with Cooper Lawrence for a 23-yard catch and run. Following a 12-yard reception by Marquardt, Kramer found Lawrence again, this time for a 5-yard touchdown as the Panthers built a 12-0 lead. Mountain View moved the chains for the first time with 7:00 remaining and nearly scored on a tipped pass that was ruled incomplete much to the dismay of the Yellowjacket sideline. After the near miss on first and goal from the 4-yard line, Heber cornerback Eddie Torres pulled down an interception in the back of the end zone for two points, pushing Heber's lead to 14-0. The Panthers nearly added one more score as Lawrence turned a short reception into a 25-yard gain, but the Yellowjackets intercepted a pass over the middle in the closing seconds, setting the final at 14-2. Heber 24, Quitman 6 The Panthers struck early and often in their win over Quitman. On the Panthers' first possession, Dillion Moore caught a pass over right side and slithered down the sideline for a first down. After a 10-yard catch by Lawrence, Kramer found Torres on a slant for a 15-yard touchdown. Heber added two more on the conversion as Kramer fired a dart to Moore, who escaped two defenders to make the grab. The Panthers forced a second straight three and out, then got right back to work as Kramer found Lawrence speeding wide open down the right seam for a 35-yard touchdown. Kramer passed to Marquardt for two more on the one-point conversion, boosting the Panthers' lead to 15-0. Moments later Heber added two more points when Hunter Chandler pulled down an interception and the Panthers scored again on their next play from scrimmage as Kramer hit Chandler Jones, who burst wide open on a skinny post for a 40-yard touchdown. Moore added a one-point conversion catch, using strong hands to hold on to a bullet pass from Kramer as the Panthers took a 24-0 lead only 10 minutes into the game. Quitman benefited from a puzzling call that took a 20-yard touchdown away from Marquardt and the Bulldogs began to move the ball with time running down. Quitman quarterback Walker Johnson hooked up with Michael McRae streaking down the left sideline for 20 yards, giving the Bulldogs their first new set of downs with under three minutes remaining. After Royce Katzer made a 10-yard reception, Johnson found McRae for a 10-yard touchdown, setting the final at 24-6. Quitman 12, Mountain View 12 Down 12-0, the Bulldogs battled back to forge a tie in their 7-on-7 contest with the Yellowjackets. With just over eight minutes left, Quitman began its comeback when Royce Katzer pulled down a tipped pass, using tremendous concentration to complete a 15-yard touchdown completion from right-handed quarterback Walker Johnson, who played with his left arm in a sling. With time winding down, Quitman forced a three and out, taking over with 1:40 left to play. The Bulldogs moved quickly as Johnson hooked up with Katzer over the right side for 27 yards, then Johnson found Michael McRae over left side for a 13-yard touchdown, leaving the game tied, 12-12. Quitman Coach Fritz Heidenreich said it was good to knock the rust off. “We took a team-building trip up to Michigan and we just kinda relaxed. We haven't done anything in over a month so all in all I thought it went well for us.” The three teams, plus Heber's second team, return to Panther Stadium on Monday at 10 a.m. for another round of 7-on-7 games.
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