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Prep Football: Warriors Top Panthers

Hunter Chase (29) runs against Lebanon on Thursday.

Hunter Chase (29) runs against Lebanon on Thursday. Photo by Lukas Eggen.

INDEPENDENCE – It was an almost perfect start for Central’s football team Thursday night against Lebanon.

The Panthers recovered a Warriors fumble on the game’s first offensive play, and Central running back Hunter Chase scored a 36-yard touchdown on the Panthers’ first play from scrimmage to take an early 7-0 lead.

That lead wouldn’t last, as Lebanon defeated the Panthers 40-27.

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For much of the first half, it appeared the Panthers were in control.

A pair of touchdown passes from Peter Mendazona to Isaiah Abraham put Central up 20-8 with 8:40 left in the first half, but the Warriors were ready to rally.

Lebanon scored twice to take a 21-20 lead into halftime. The Warriors added two more touchdowns to extend their lead to 33-20 early in the fourth quarter.

Mendazona threw a 29-yard touchdown to Marcos Cedillo to pull within 33-27 with 8:49 left in the game, but it was as close as the Panthers would get.

Lebanon scored its final touchdown to go ahead 40-27 with 1:11 left in the game.

Central (3-4 overall, 1-3 Mid-Willamette Conference) plays at Silverton next Friday at 7 p.m.

For more, see next week’s issue of the Itemizer-Observer.

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