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GBMS hammers Hays
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The Great Bend Middle School eighth-grade football team capped off their season by dominating the Hays Falcons for a 44-6 victory.
Great Bend scored on their opening possession as quarterback Koy Brack scored on a 5-yard run.  The two-point conversion was also good as Brack found his tight end Blake Penka wide open.
The Panthers next scoring drive was capped off with a 27-yard touchdown run by John Barrington.  Brack again connected with Penka for the two-point conversion.
The rest of the Panthers scoring was dominated by Reece Morss.  
Morss tallied just over 200 yards of offense throughout the course of the game. He scored on a 60-yard flea-flicker pass from Brack just before halftime.
Danny Franco kicked the extra point to give the Panthers a 23-0 halftime lead.  
The second half was led by outstanding blocking from the Panthers offensive lineman of Blessing, Doll, Schroeder, Vasquez, Valdovinos and Schmeidler. Tailback Morss scored on runs of 38 and 40 yards, respectively.
Franco added two more extra-point kicks to give the Panthers a 37-0 lead at the end of three quarters.  
The Panthers weren’t finished scoring just yet as Morss picked off a Hays pass and returned it 28 yards for a pick six.  
Franco came on added his fourth extra-point kick to give Great Bend a lead of 44-0.  
Hays was able to score on their final play to make the score 44-6.  
The Panthers defense was dominating all game long as they created three fumbles, one interception and tallied 15 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.  
The eighth-grade A-team finished the season with a record of 4-3.
The eighth-grade B-team finished off its season in a winning way as well.  
Tailback Jacob Cole scored on a 75-yard touchdown run to give the Panthers the early lead.  
With the score all knotted up at 6-6 with 2:28 remaining in the fourth quarter, Great Bend defensive lineman Blaine Mermis blocked a Hays punt and recovered it in the end zone to give the Panthers the win.  
The B-team finished with a 2-1 record in games and went 4-0 in fifth-quarter action.