Antioch jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead, enjoying success in both the running and passing games, and playing hard-nosed, physical defense.
"We knew they were undersized, and wanted to pound them," said Panthers head coach and Athletic Director Frank Beede. "We were committed to the running game and were able to run the ball effectively, and that opened things up and allowed us to have success throwing the ball."
Quarterback Joey Gonzales was nearly perfect for the Panthers, completing seven of eight passing attempts, including three touchdown strikes, without an interception on his way to 159 passing yards. Gonzales also showed off his legs, adding a rushing touchdown to his memorable performance.
Running back Tim Thomas carried the ball 21 times for the Panthers on his way to 94 yards rushing, a testament to both his tenacity and the hard work of his blockers.
"I tell my linemen every time before we start, and it's no secret in the game of football: if we control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, we control the game," Beede said after the win. "We did a great job of controlling the line."
Left tackle Jason Homerin, who until recently had been used primarily as a defensive lineman, played a sensational game for the Panthers, protecting his quarterback's blind-side while adjusting on the fly.
The Panthers go into their game tonight against Buhach Colony with the opportunity to start a winning streak. Antioch hosts the Thunder tonight at 7:30 p.m.