FREEPORT — The Medomak Valley football team could not have gotten off to a much better start through its first three games of the 2022 high school gridiron campaign, as the Panthers outscored opponents 117-12 to an undefeated record.

And while the Panthers remain in prime position, by and large, their unbeaten train derailed on Saturday night, Sept. 24 at Freeport and they came home on the short end of a 19-0 defeat.

Jordan Knighton had two touchdown runs, while Aidan Heath tossed a touchdown pass to Nicholas White in the winning effort for Freeport.

“Great effort by Freeport,” said Panther coach Ryan Snell. “Hats off to them. We knew they were a very good team and we weren’t at our best. We moved the ball well, actually outgained them on the ground, but they made more plays in the pass game and we shot ourselves in the foot a few times. Everybody needs to be ready each week regardless of the opponent or their conference. We’ll make sure to have the guys out there that treat it that way.”

The opponents hold 3-1 marks.

Freeport competes in Class D and is only a few years removed from playing in the eight-man football ranks. Medomak Valley competes in Class C.

Hayden Staples racked up 107 yards on 17 carries, while Aaron Reed (8 carries for 40 yards), Gatlin Bedenik (4 carries for 21 yards), Jaiden Starr (2 carries for 15 yards) and Tucker Holgerson (carry for 3 yards) also added chunks of yardage for the Panthers.

Wyatt Simmons completed two passes for Medomak Valley — a 33-yard pass to Blake Morrison and a seven-yard toss to Gabe Lash — while he also threw an interception in the loss. The pick was one of two turnovers for the Panthers, who also were turned away at the goal line by the staunch Falcon defense on a fourth down with less than three minutes to go.

The Panther defense was keyed by Porter Gahagan (2 solo tackles), Sam Moody (solo), Colby Ridgely (2 solos), Marshall Addy (5 solos, assist), Staples (10 solos, assist), Bedenik (4 solos, 2 assists), Isaac Simmons (6 solos), Lash (5 solos), Kayden Wright (solo, 2 assists, forced fumble), Holgerson (2 solos), Ethan Wood (solo) and Chase Peaslee (3 solos, assist).

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