The Pennfield Panthers pleased the crowd in their first home game of the season, defeating Delton Kellogg in a lopsided 47-7 Kalamazoo Valley Association contest on Friday night.
Pennfield improved to 4-0 with the win to remain tied atop the KVA. The Panthers are tied for first with Schoolcraft, which beat Galesburg-Augusta on Friday.
“This was a special night because it’s our fourth game of the season and it’s the first one on this field,” Pennfield head coach Nick Koenigsknecht said. “Delton Kellogg is probably our biggest rival in the KVA, so they came at us with some emotion. I was really pleased to see our players make some plays, particularly on third down and fourth down situations. That’s a good sign that our team responds on important plays.”
The loss dropped Delton Kellogg to 0-4 as it was held to only 157 total yards by a stingy Pennfield defense.
Pennfield threw an interception on its first possession of the game, but the wing-T offense looked sharp from there on out as the Panthers amassed 465 total yards for the game. After the interception, Pennfield scored on its next two possessions on Dominic Arredondo touchdown runs of 62 and 44 yards.
“Dominic did a nice job of running his inside traps and I can’t say enough about our line that blocked for him; there were some times when he wasn’t touched running through those holes,” Koenigsknecht said.
Late in the first quarter, a safety gave Pennfield a 16-0 lead and the Panthers scored shortly after when Hunter Hoogakker connected with Jeremiah Cowham for a 25-yard touchdown pass to go up 24-0.
The Panthers scored again in the second quarter on a four-yard Jeremy Purcell touchdown run.
Purcell also made his presence felt on the defensive side of the ball in the second quarter when he picked off a pass at the 6:10 mark.
The interception set up Brayden Bennett for a 35-yard field goal, giving the Panthers a 33-0 lead, which they took into the half.
Pennfield held Delton Kellogg to just 11 yards of total offense in the first half.
“They run the wing-T so we’ve seen that offense a little bit,” Koenigsknecht said with a smile. “We’re comfortable in what we’re doing to stop that wing-T and since both teams basically know what we’re trying to do, you’ve just got to execute. We did a good job of keeping the pressure on them and making plays.”
Arredondo scored his third touchdown of the game on a 16-yard run as Pennfield earned a running clock and a 40-0 lead early in the third quarter.
Arredondo finished with a game-high 155 yards on seven carries to go along with his three scores.
Delton Kellogg scored its only points of the game when Cole Ritchie ran in a four-yard touchdown run with 9:11 left in the fourth quarter. Ritchie led Delton Kellogg with 78 yards rushing.
Hoogakker had three carries for 89 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to finish out the scoring.