Panthers go Wildcat and rally in second half against Kahoks

News-DemocratOctober 5, 2013 

— After their quarterback went down in the second quarter, the O'Fallon Panthers went to the Wildcat offense.

The Panthers scored four touchdowns in the second half to erase a 7-0 halftime deficit and beat the Collinsville Kahoks 27-13 Friday.

Versatile wide receiver Klayton Gettis replaced Camden Bauer behind center running a version of the Wildcat offense after Bauer sustained a possible concussion.

"You lose a quarterback and you're trying to find something that works," O'Fallon coach Brandon Joggerst said. "It's just the Wildcat package. We practiced it a little in the summer. We haven't used it all year, and we didn't come into the game planning to use it. We thought it was our best chance at the time to move the ball. Klayton made some great decisions and we were able to get some big chunks of yards and get a little bit of momentum."

Gettis threw a 62-yard touchdown pass to Tae'Mon Franklin and had an 18-yard touchdown run.

"When our quarterback went down, I knew our offensive coordinator would look to me to score touchdowns and help the team out," Gettis said. "I just stepped up when I was supposed to and did my job."

The Panthers also got their running game going as Kentrail Moran carried 21 times for 195 yards and scored the victory-clinching touchdown with 2:01 left to play.

The Panthers improved to 4-2 overall, 3-1 in the SWC, while the Kahoks fell to 1-5 overall, 0-4 in the SWC.

The Kahoks' coaching staff refused comment after the game.

Collinsville grabbed a 7-0 lead when Jamal Wellmaker broke loose around the right side for a 51-yard touchdown run with 8:01 left in the first quarter. Josh Calvin added the extra-point.

O'Fallon tight end Jacob Chapple appeared headed for the end zone after catching a pass over the middle early in the second quarter, but he lost the ball at the Collinsville 18 and the Kahoks' Ben Stephens fell on it.

"It was like a perfect storm in the first half," Joggerst said. "That's what we told our kids. Everything that could have gone wrong did. Good teams find ways to win, and I think we did that tonight."

The Panthers didn't get on the scoreboard until Moran threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Riley off a halfback pass with 5:34 remaining in the third quarter.

The extra-point kick was blocked by Collinsville's Brandon Fisher.

The Kahoks went up 10-6 on a 40-yard field goal by Calvin with 1:04 left in the third quarter, but the Panthers pulled in front 13-10 on Gettis' touchdown pass to Franklin on the final play of the third period.

Calvin connected on a 32-yard field goal to tie the score at 13-13 with 6:55 remaining.

Gettis' 18-yard touchdown run with 5:25 left put the Panthers ahead to stay.

An interception by Franklin with 1:26 on the clock sealed the win.

Contact reporter Steve Korte at skorte@bnd.com or 239-2522.

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