RIVERTON — It was all Panthers from the opening kick in St. Mary’s-Colgan High School football team’s 49-6 win over Riverton on Friday.
The Panthers hit the ground running and received an excellent game from Max Wilson, who scored four touchdowns in the win.
After holding the Rams to a three-and-out in the first drive of the contest, a 37-yard punt return by Jeremiah Buche set the Panthers up in excellent field position on the Riverton 37-yard line.
Colgan drove the ball into the red zone in three plays, before Wilson scored his first touchdown of the day on a five-yard run to give the Panthers a 7-0 lead.
SMC would go on to add seven more points to the lead before the end of the first quarter, scoring on a seven-yard run by Cade Simmons to go up 14-0.
It was more of the same in the second quarter, as Wilson found the end zone in the opening minutes from 10 yards out to extend the lead to 21-0.
Wilson scored his third touchdown of the game 30 seconds later, intercepting a pass and running it back 51 yards for the score.
Riverton would take over on their own 35 at the four-minute mark of the second quarter following the pick-six, but a high snap which sailed over the quarterback’s head resulted in a safety to increase the lead to 29-0.
Colgan went on to score one more touchdown before the end of the first half on a two-yard pass from Simmons to Buche to take a 36-0 advantage into the break.
Only a few seconds had ticked off the game clock in the second half before Simmons found the end zone on a 52-yard run on the first play of the second half to increase the lead to 43-0.
The Rams hit the scoreboard in early going of the fourth quarter to decrease the lead to 43-6, but a 44-yard touchdown run by Kash Marietta pushed the score to 49-6.
The Panthers will hit the road to take on Yates Center at 7 p.m. on Friday
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun.E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.