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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Rusty Panthers win two

  • A long Fourth of July weekend seemed to take a toll on the Panthers' conditioning during Monday's 7-on-7 games versus Mountain View and Quitman. But, the Panthers had enough in the tank to win both games, downing the Yellowjackets 27-6 and the Bulldogs 14-8 at Panther Stadium.
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  • A long Fourth of July weekend seemed to take a toll on the Panthers' conditioning during Monday's 7-on-7 games versus Mountain View and Quitman. But, the Panthers had enough in the tank to win both games, downing the Yellowjackets 27-6 and the Bulldogs 14-8 at Panther Stadium. “We had a four-day weekend and I think it showed today as far as effort and I just don't think we are in the shape we need to be in,” said Heber Coach Steve Janski, who is entering his ninth season with the school. “But we are not supposed to be there yet. We have until the beginning of August to get ready. I just want the kids to understand that. Last time we played 7-on-7 it was nice and breezy and today the heat was coming down on them. The biggest thing is teaching them that conditioning is something we have to have,” added Janski. Heber 27, Mtn. View 6 Hunter Chandler came down with an early interception and Heber's offense got rolling soon after as quarterback Michael Kramer hooked up with Cooper Lawrence twice, first on a 27-yard post, then on a 4-yard gain, which moved the chains. Following a 5-yard catch by Ian Lowe, Kramer found Lawrence again, this time for a 3-yard touchdown, boosting the Panthers' lead to 8-0. Mountain View answered with a quick touchdown before Heber fired back with a 2-play scoring strike as Kramer lofted a pass to Dillion Moore, who made the catch while streaking down the right sideline. Moore's 38-yard reception set up a 2-yard touchdown pass from Kramer to Chandler Marquardt, who broke wide open off an out route. On the 1-point conversion attempt, Kramer hit Lowe in the front, left corner of the end zone for a 15-6 lead. After Heber's defense forced a three and out, Heber got back to work, starting when Kramer passed between two defenders to Lawrence, who made the catch for a 28-yard gain. Moore added a 9-yard reception, which gave the Panthers a first down and set the stage for Chandler's 3-yard touchdown grab off a corner route. With time winding down, Heber added one more score when Kramer hooked up with Conner Lindsey dashing wide open down the left sideline for a 40-yard touchdown, setting the final at 27-6. Heber 14, Quitman 8 The Panthers jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead in their win over Quitman as quarterback Michael Kramer passed to Cooper Lawrence, who turned up field while splitting two defenders for a 28-yard catch and run. Facing third and goal, Kramer fired a dart to Lawrence, who showed strong hands to reel in the pass for a 6-yard touchdown. Heber added to its lead with 15:15 remaining as Hunter Chandler caught a pass over the middle and turned up field for 22 yards, which set up a spectacular throw from Kramer, who lofted a pass just over the fingertips of a Bulldog defender and into hands of Lawrence, who dragged his feet in the back of the end zone to complete the 18-yard touchdown reception. Leading 12-0, the Panthers added two more on the conversion when Kramer hit Ian Lowe, who initially bobbled the pass before gaining control and scampering into the end zone. Quitman suddenly got back in the game when Michael McRae pulled down an interception for two points. Moments later, quarterback Walker Johnson hooked up with McRae over right side for a 30-yard touchdown, pulling the Bulldogs within six at 14-8 with time running out. Lawrence, who compiled 7 receptions for 106 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Panthers' two wins, pulled down a 20-yard catch over the middle as time expired with Heber claiming a 6-point win. Quitman 13, Mtn. View 12 The Bulldogs avenged last week's loss to the Yellowjackets with a comeback victory on Monday. Trailing by six, Quitman tied the game when quarterback Walker Johnson passed to Michael McRae for a 10-yard touchdown. Needing the conversion to take the lead, Johnson fired into traffic at the goal-line, where the ball was tipped high and into the hands of Braxton Varvil as the Bulldogs took the lead and held on. Quitman's first score of the day came when Johnson hit Royce Katzer, who turned up field for a 25-yard touchdown.

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