The Hamilton Wentworth Panthers were forced to make pregame adjustments after learning that the team’s leading rusher, running back Josh Forester and his 400 yards rushing, 167 yards receiving in three games, was unable to suit up against the Toronto Jr. Argos this past weekend.
On off-field injury sidelined Forester and the defense was first to answer the call when safety Alex Shaver intercepted a pass and returned it 50 yards for the Panthers first defensive touchdown of the season, en route to a 14-7 Junior Varsity football win.
The Argo’s answered with a TD early in the second half to knot the affair at 7-7. After three full quarters of what was beginning to look like a stalemate, the Panthers pounded the ball at the Argo’s. Running back Dan Hall (14 carries 84 yards) and RB Quinn Newman (eight carries, 24 yards) marched the ball down the field behind phenomenal blocking led by guard Joel Williams. QB Lucas Spagnuolo put six on the board with a sneak from half a yard out for the winning major.
Defensive standouts were free safety James Parry with 14 tackles in addition to his steal; linebacker Jeff Francis with eight tackles; and linebacker Shane McMullin with seven tackles.
The second place Panthers look to improve on their 3-1 record on Saturday (June 27) at 7 p.m. when they visit the Twin Cities Predators in Waterloo. The Panthers Peewee and Senior Varsity teams were also victorious on the weekend.