Falcons quarterback Diondre Borel hooked up with receiver Kevin Johnston on the first drive of the game for a 6-yard touchdown pass to give the Falcons an early lead. Freedom extended its lead in the second quarter when Borel timed up a deep out pattern with Cody Huggans for a 25-yard touchdown reception and a 14-0 lead.
Antioch (3-2, 0-2) struck back before halftime, though, when the running of Tim Thomas got the Panthers into scoring position, enabling quarterback Joey Gonzales to sneak in for the score from one yard out. Thomas ran for 152 yards on 21 carries to lead the Panthers.
Antioch evened the score early in the third quarter when Josh Garibay broke loose for a 27-yard touchdown on a fourth-down play. Garibay carried the ball seven times for 56 yards on the game, providing a tough counterpunch to Thomas' blinding speed.
The remainder of the game would belong to the Falcons, however, as Borel added two more touchdowns with his legs, safety Harvey Burks scored on a 78-yard fumble return, and running back Marques Ross found the end zone from a yard out, completing a 27-0 run.
Despite outgaining the Falcons 344 yards to 256, the Panthers could not escape their second consecutive loss. After scoring no fewer than 34 points in any of its first three games, all Antioch wins, and averaging a whopping 42.3 points per game over that stretch, Antioch has managed just 22 points in its last two contests, both Bay Valley Athletic League losses.
"Antioch played real tough tonight, and tested our resolve," said head coach Kevin Hartwig. "You have to give them credit for such a great effort, but also credit our team for rising to the challenge and making big plays when we needed them."
The Panthers travel to Clayton Valley (3-2, 0-2) tonight to take on the Eagles. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.