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Panthers Defeat Tomahawks 63-13 in Season Opener

SHS’ Panther varsity football team scored a 63-13 win last night against the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks in their first game of the season. Also the first home game of the season, the Panthers were led by junior Keegan Stich and seniors Josh Johnston and Brandon Jodock for their season-opening victory.

Jodock is the Panther’s new quarterback this year after Kobe McDaniel graduated at the end of last year. Stich has been a running back for the Panthers for three years, while Johnston is a wide receiver.

Stich made three touchdowns during the game, one of the first being for 70 yards. He also made another 62-yard touchdown before the half, and his final carry came out as a 71-yard touchdown for the Panthers.

“Everybody has just kept maturing and working hard and getting better,” says coach Jeff Armstrong. “We have some very talented players.”

Johnston was another big name last night as he had five receptions for 129 yards and three touchdowns. Johnston also caught a defensive reception during the second half.

“I think that tonight was truly a result of the effort everyone on the team has been making to change the culture of Panther football,” Johnston says. “The seniors are the first group to be a part of the new program all four years, and I’ve had a lot of time to build something special with my quarterback going all the way back to junior football.”

The Panthers are set to play Glacier Peak next week on September 9 at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish. This is an away game for the Panthers however, so fans of the Panthers should sit in the visitor section of the stadium.