The Astros looked to take care of business early knowing the Panthers were desperate for their second win of the season.
After a three and out by both teams, the Astros were looking to put points on the board on their next offensive possession. The Astros defense would force another three and out to give Juan Powell and the Astros offense the opportunity to score some points.
Instead, the Astros special teams blocked the Panthers punt and recovered the football in the endzone for their first points of the evening.
The defense would force another three and out and finally give Juan Powell and the offense another chance to extend their lead.
Powell and the offense would not disappoint as he would get loose for a 47 yard rushing touchdown to put the Astros up 13. On their next offensive possession, Powell found the endzone again for his second rushing touchdown of the night to extend the score 20-0.
Powell and the Astros looked to be in control of the game early but turnovers gave the Panthers life. After a fumble by the Astros, the Panthers took over with good field position in Astros territory with less than eight minutes to go in the second quarter.
Panthers quarterback Quindarius Sterling took advantage of great field position, finding the end zone from eight yards out to give the Panthers their first touchdown of the night making the score 20-7.
The Panthers received good field position again after a muffed punt by the Astros with four minutes to go in the second half. The Panther’s offense found their momentum and seemed to have their way with the Astros defense moving into the red zone.
All was great until a crucial goal line interception by Sterling gave the Astros defense a much needed break going into halftime.
The Astros offense began to keep churning up points in the third quarter as Juan Powell rushed for his third touchdown of the game to put the Astros up 26-7.
Sterling and the Panthers would not be discouraged as he lead the offense down the field for his second rushing touchdown of the evening to slim the lead to 12.
Through it all, the Astros offense would wear down the Panther’s defense the rest of the game as running backs Oscar Wyatt and Travonte Jackson rumbled into the endzone to put the Astros up 48-14.
A late kickoff return by the Panthers would slim the lead down to 28 making the final score 48-20.
Juan Powell lead both teams in touchdowns with three (all rushing).
The Astros will face their region rival Hapeville Charter Hornets Friday September 28, 2018 at Lakewood Stadium.