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Coconino Starts Slow, But A Big Second Carries The Panthers To A 29-10 Homecoming Win Over Lee Williams

The Coconino Panthers got back onto the field Saturday after being sidelined from their second brush with COVID. The Panthers started slow and trailed Lee Williams 10-2 at halftime, but rallied to knock off the Volunteers on Homecoming 29-10. In the first quarter, it was clear that both teams were feeling each other out as the game was tied 0-0. Coconino wrestled with penalties early on coming in having only played two games. The Panthers would strike first however, thanks to a forced fumble by junior Griffin Benedict that forced Lee Williams to kick the ball out of the end zone for a safety to lead 2-0. The only time Lee Williams found the end zone was on a reverse trick play where freshman wide receiver Reilly Feil threw to wide-open sophomore receiver Devin White for a 57-yard touchdown as the Vols take the lead 7-2. Lee Williams added a field goal to head to halftime up 10-2. The second half was all Coconino, as they ran the ball to wear down the Volunteers. The Panthers outscored Lee Williams 27-0 in the second half to win 29-10. Junior running back Cooper French had 29 carries for 184 yards and a touchdown for the Panthers, who improve to 3-0 on the season. Gabriel Callado added 87 yards and a pair of scores in the win. Coconino will be home again next week as they host the Prescott Badgers.

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