After suffering a loss in their season opener, the North-Penn Mansfield Panthers came out firing on all cylinders in their second game of the season. The Panthers visited the Athens Wildcats in a game where they had everything going their way. With an extremely balanced attack, the Panthers beat the Wildcats 37-13 in a game where they never trailed.

The first quarter the Panthers got off to a quick start, scoring the first two touchdowns of the game to take an early lead against the Wildcats. Bryan Bogazyck scored on a three-yard pass from quarterback Colton Litzelman in the opening minutes of the game. A few possessions later, Bryan struck again on a long 40-yard scamper that brought the score to 13-0 going into the second quarter.

The Panthers offense slowed down in the second, but their defense kept the clamps down on the Wildcats continuing their first half shut out. After a 22-yard field goal by Kevin Alexander, the Panthers went into the half with a commanding 16-0 lead.

Coming into the second half, the Panthers looked to put the game away and did just that with a strong third quarter performance. First year starter Litzelman put on a clinic, throwing two touchdowns in the quarter one from three-yards out and a strike from 21-yards out. He ended the game with three touchdown passes and 178 yards.

The Wildcats didn’t get on the board until the fourth quarter scoring, two times in a game that was already heavily out of reach. The Panthers hung one more touchdown with a Kolton Roupp touchdown, his second of the day, to end the scoring at 37-13 and give the Panthers their first victory of the season. The Panthers used a very balanced attack this week with a solid mix of run and pass plays that kept the Wildcats guessing all day long. The Panthers amassed 372 yards with 178 through the air and 194 on the ground.

The Panthers used a variety of backs in this matchup, keeping them fresh and changing looks constantly to keep the defense guessing throughout the night. The Panthers gained almost 200 yards between five different backs with four of them gaining over 30-yards on the ground. They were led by junior running back Bryan Bogacyzk on the ground with a total of 79-yards on just 14 carries with an average of 5.9 yards per carry, and also added a touchdown on the ground and also receiving as well.

Litzelman also had a great outing, completing 19 passes on the night to seven different receivers spreading the ball out nicely. He found the endzone through the air on three separate occasions and looked extremely comfortable running the offense all night long. He had a lot of help from his receivers as well, who did a great job creating separation in the secondary and coming up with some tough grabs as well. Senior receiver Kaelan Matczak led the charge, grabbing four balls for a total of 59 yards. Also, junior receiver Noah Spencer had a solid outing, pulling down five catches for 48 yards and added a touchdown.

Defensively, the Panthers unit came out extremely strong, and only allowed any touchdowns after the game was already in hand. Leading the way for the team, Roupp had a total of eight tackles, and helped anchor a stingy defense. Senior Cameron Fabion also added seven tackles helping the Panthers to a three quarter shut-out of the Wildcats who had trouble moving the ball throughout.

The Panthers look to win back-to-back games this upcoming week, with a non-conference game when they travel to Bloomsburg Friday Sept. 6.

Team Stats AW NPM

Plays : 67 43

First Downs: 17 7

Penalties: 9 3

Penalty Yards: 80 15

Individual Stats:

Passing:

Colton Litzelman 19-29 178 3TD

Receiving:

Cameron Fabian 1-9; Koelton Roupp 2-7 1TD; Noah Spencer 5-48 1 TD; Bryan Bogaczyk 3-7 1 TD; Kaelan Matczak 4-59; Logan Tokarz 1-10; Mitchael Tice 3-38

Rushing:

Cameron Fabian 6-36; Koelton Roupp 4-43 1 TD; Noah Spencer 11-38; Bryan Bogaczyk 14-79 1 TD; Kohen Lehman 2-3