RANGELY | Last weekend the Rangely Panthers hosted the first round of the state playoffs. The Akron Rams came to town. The Rams are a perennial power house and had a lot more playoff experience than the Panthers. Rangely came out quickly scoring on the second play of the game with a 40-yard-run by Devin Ramirez.
The Panthers failed on the conversion, putting them ahead 6-0 at the end of the first quarter. After a few hard fought stands by both the Rams and the Panthers, Akron was able to strike on a 10-yard trick pass play to tie the game 6-6. Tristan Moore made a huge play to stop the Rams on the conversion keeping the game tied. The Panthers answered on the next drive scoring on a pass from Drew Brannon to Titus Coombs for a 15-yard touchdown reception. Brannan connected with Moore for the conversion as well, sending the Panthers into the locker room with a 14-6 lead. The second half was all defense for both sides with neither team adding points and the final score staying at 14-6.
The Panthers travel south to play the Hoehne Farmers Saturday at 1 p.m. in a quarterfinals matchup. Both teams are 9-1 and it should be an exciting game to watch.
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