Panthers torch Hawks on the road

Mt. Pleasant scores 55 first-half points in route of Central Lee

DONNELLSON — The Mt. Pleasant football team didn’t mess around on Friday night. They took it to Central Lee early and often in the second half, scoring a ridiculous eight touchdowns in the first half to bury the Hawks early in a 55-6 victory.

Mt. Pleasant’s offense was unstoppable when the starters were still on the field. In the first half, Brody Bender threw two touchdown passes, one for 24 yards to Rylan Seberg and one for 71 yards to Chase Williamson.

Logan Bass ran for two touchdowns early in the second quarter, scoring from nine yards out and 42 yards out. Those scores kicked off a 41-0 period.

Klayton Kleinkopf ran for two touchdowns in the second quarter. Jack Johnson scampered for a 61 yard score and Seberg caught his second touchdown pass of the game.

Central Lee finally broke out in the fourth quarter on a three-yard touchdown run, but the Panthers had the game in running clock for the entire secod half.

Bender finished the game 7-11 for 164 yards and three touchdowns. Seberg caught five passes for 80 yards and two scores, and Williamson caught two balls for 84 yards and a touchdown.

Johnson went for 137 yards and a touchdwon on the ground. Bass ran for 62 yards and two scores, and Kleinkopf ran for 50 yards and two touchdowns of his own.

Pierson Franklin had the Panthers’ only takeaway of the day. He picked off Central Lee quarterback Adam Boeck, who completed just three passes all day. Hawks back up Mason Schau went 4-6.

Mt. Pleasant is now 2-1 overall, heading into their final non-district game of the season. They will travel to Ottumwa this week.