Panthers faced Sunnyvale and Caddo Mills in Basketball

Though the Quinlan Ford High School Junior Varsity Girls and Varsity Boys did lose to the Sunnyvale Raiders in last weeks game, the Varsity Girls did come out on top in a close victory with a final score of 48 – 42.

Girls Athletic Coordinator and Head Girls Basketball Coach Jason Wallen said that this was actually a fun, hard fought game.

“Wow, what a game,” said Wallen. “This was one of those games that are fun to be involved in.  Both groups battled back and forth all night, we just were able to make a couple of shots, and close some defensive possessions late in the game.  We had a chance to ice it in regulation, but give Sunnyvale credit as they hit a big 3 to tie it at the end of regulation.  Our kids then just dug in and hit big shots.  It was an exciting atmosphere.”


Panther Boys and Girls defeat Community in Basketball

Eli Chambers going for a shot. Panthers win against Community 52-31

The Varsity Boys, Varsity Girls and Junior Varsity Girls bested Community in their most recent Basketball game.

The boys defeated Community 52 – 31 with Eli Chambers notably scoring 24 points in the game followed by Seth Huss with nine points and J. Howard with 10 points.

The Junior Varsity Girls made a big win against Community with a final score of 45 – 18.

Notable scorers in the game were Jaylee Butte with 11 points, Natalie Stockton with six points, Eilene Valdenegro with five points, Britney Stovall with four points, Emma Parr with four points and Kaylyn Rainer with five points.

Varsity Girls finished their game against Community with a final score of 46 – 33. Girls Athletic Coordinator and Head Girls Basketball Coach Jason Wallen said that the win was hard fought but not without a few uncharacteristic moments during the game.


Lady Panthers defeated Farmersville, 62 – 46 and Boys beat Aussie 41 – 38.

The Quinlan Ford Lady Panthers defeated the Farmersville Farmers in a 62-46 victory. The Lady Panthers started the game with a strong lead of 20 points during the first quarter and continued to maintain their lead against Farmersville. Farmersville gained only eight points to start.

Girls Athletic Coordinator and Head Girls Basketball Coach Jason Wallen said that the Lady Panthers started early in their tempo which contributed to the big win.


Hornets defeat Panthers, 50 – 29

The Panthers suffered yet another disappointing loss in last Friday’s game against the Athens Hornets with a final score of 50 – 29.

The Hornets took the lead right away in the first quarter with a 64 yard touchdown run by Hornet #7 Senior Rhe’jhi Sherfield and a 70 yard touchdown run by Hornet #25 Junior Jerquindon Taylor.

The Panthers were finally able to put a number or two on the scoreboard during the second quarter, gaining 14 points with Panther #4 Junior Kobe Jennings with a one yard touchdown run. Panther #8 Sophomore Eli Chambers made a five yard touchdown run. But Hornet #25 took over with a 77 yard touchdown followed by Horney #7 peforming a 67 yard touchdown run.

The third quarter featured Panther #8 Eli Chambers performing a 6 yard touchdown run followed by Hornets #30 Connor Clay following up with a 6 yard touchdown run of his own, holding the lead over the Panthers.


Panthers see improvement in spite of Midlothian Heritage loss, 40-14

Though the Quinlan Ford Panthers lost to Midlothian Heritage Jaguars in last weeks game with a score of 40-14, Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Todd Wallace said that improvement was shown in the way the players handled the game.

“I thought overall we were much improved. The first half is probably the best we have played this year (was 7-13) at half. We had about a six minute stretch where they hit a couple of big passes and we had two turnovers and game got away from us. They are an excellent football team (6th in state) and we had trouble with their Division I receiver. Overall though, we moved the

ball well (over 350 total yards) against a very good defense. I thought we were much more physical. So we still have a lot to improve on but I feel like we took a step in the right direction. We do have to eliminate turnovers,” said Wallace.  


Panthers lose to Eagles, 33-14

Canton Eagles reigned victorious during their Homecoming game Friday night against the Panthers with a final score of 33-14.

In spite of the loss, the Panthers were formidable opponents against Eagles with strong plays by Sophomore Eli Chambers and Junior Mikey McCarter.

The Eagles took the lead during the first quarter with a 33 yard touchdown. The second quarter proved to be even more challenging with Eagles No. 5 getting a touchdown after a 34 yard run. The Eagles held a large lead against the Panthers but the lead began to shrink during the fourth quarter in spite of the Panthers 34 yard touchdown run by Chambers.

During the fourth quarter, Eagle’s No. 5 ran a 64 yard touchdown to score for Canton and No. 24 earned a 19 yard touchdown run and ended the game with Canton winning the game with a final score of 33-14.


Panthers win against Cougars 24-19

Photo by Deanna Upchurch

            Quinlan Ford Panthers faced off with Fort Worth Western Hills Cougars winning over them with a final score of 24 to 19.

            Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Todd Wallace said this was a good comeback for the Panthers after coming from a rough loss with Ferris. 

            “This was a good bounce back game for us,” said Wallace. “They are a really talented team with size and speed so it was a good test for us. I thought we played really well defensively. We ran to the ball well and had 12 tackles for loss. Special Teams were also good as we converted all Extra Points, kicked a Field Goal, and blocked a punt and returned it for a TD. Offensively, we still had too many assignment busts, so we still have a lot of work to do there. Proud of our guys effort though. We have a good test this week with Canton as they can really throw the ball.”


JV Volleyball wins First Place Medal

JV Volleyball step out of the West Mesquite Volleyball tournament with a First Place Medal. Photos courtesy of Amber Whitehead and Laci McMillan

The JV Volleyball Team overcame a rough start at the West Mesquite Volleyball Tournament this weekend and came out with a First Place Medal!

According to parent, Amber Whitehead, "What matters most is how you carry yourself on and off the court. The day started off rough for these ladies, but they carried themselves with dignity, and for that, they should be proud! They were an example to others by the way they kept their heads up and encouraged each other instead of getting frustrated with each other. We are very proud of your character ladies and coming back strong in the end! Go Panthers!"

Quinlan Independent School District staff also wants to give a shout out to the new JV Coach, Ashley Walden. "The girls had fun and worked hard this past weekend to win the consolation bracket in the West Mesquite tournament. They continue to improve each game and work together to get the job done!"


Panthers lose to Ferris 39-0

Ferris reigned victorious over the Quinlan Ford Panthers 39-0 during last Friday’s home game, leaving the Panthers ranking 1-2 so far this season.

Though the Ferris Yellojackets went home with their first victory of the season, it was a loss for the Panthers in what was a very stormy night on a wet and muddy field.

Rain and lightning delayed the game till a little after 8 p.m. but the game was finally able to start.

With several kids sick and a few players missing from the game, Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Todd Wallace refuses to make excuses for the Panthers loss.


Panther’s Defeat Molina 34-7

#4 Kobe Jennings, Junior, receives the pass … touch down Panthers. Photo by Deanna Upchurch

The Quinlan Ford Panther’s reigned victorious against Dallas Molina Friday night with a final score of 34-7.

This is the first big win for the season and Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Todd Wallace plans to make sure his team not only learns from mistakes made in the game but also capitalize on everything done right.

The storms that rolled through Dallas did cause lightning delays a few times during the game. 


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