A chilly night for a loss. The Big Horns struggle for Homecoming. PHOTO COURTESY OF ACRA SAMUELS

Big Horns Homecoming drowned out!

The Lone Peak Big Horns hosted the Park City Panthers under the lights for Homecoming on Friday night in Big Sky.  The game was played in a driving rainstorm and the Panthers had a second half surge to outlast the home team.  The final damage was Panthers 40, Big Horns 14.

The first quarter was a field position game with the defenses dominating in the wet sloppy conditions.  Both teams utilize the pass for over 50% of their offenses and connecting through the air was a challenge.  The Panthers found the end zone but were denied on their 2-point conversion try.  The score stood at 6-0 after the first period.

Driving towards the end of the first half, QB Frankie Starz found Sophomore Bennett Miller for 48 yards to get the Big Horns into the red zone.  This was Miller’s longest reception of his career.  Only a minute before halftime, Starz plunged in from one yard out to get the Big Horns on the board.  Then, on the 2 point try, Starz found Senior Austin Samuels in the corner of the end zone.  The Big Horns were down just 18-8 and seemingly had the momentum going in to halftime.  However, the Panthers had a huge kickoff return and managed to score again just as time expired in the first half, to make it 24-8.

In the 3rd quarter, Starz again found Samuels for a short Touchdown pass.  This duo is having a tremendous Senior season.  They are on pace to break the completion and reception records that they set just last year.  “It’s no surprise,” said Coach Farr, “Austin and Frankie have been doing it since they were in grade school.  First in Lion’s Club Football, then throughout Middle School Football and now they are doing it on the Varsity as Seniors!”

Senior Nick Wade led the Big Horn defense with several sacks along with Sophomore Pierce Farr, who rang up the most tackles.

The Ophir Miners had a great game in their home debut.  They dominated the Panthers, in posting a 56-0 win.

The Big Horns have a bye week and then travel to Absorokee on Friday the 4th.

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