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Panthers Claim First Victory of the Season
The Gadsden Panthers celebrated their first victory of the season on Friday by defeating rival Chaparral, 34-8, during their homecoming game.
Not only is this the first win of the year for the Panthers, it is also the first career win as a head coach for first-year coach Dino Facio.
“For me it’s about these (players), it’s their win. I just try and help them, try to put them in good positions,” Facio said. “And for these kids that haven’t won in quite some time, I mean, this is good for them. Holding that (rivalry) trophy and celebrating, they’re going to enjoy this and we’re going to build on this and keep moving forward.”
Gadsden was led by its senior captains. Running back Joel Diaz got the Panthers rolling by scoring a touchdown on the first drive of the game. He added a 20-yard touchdown run in the second quarter as Gadsden led the Lobos 14-8 at the half.
Senior Jacob Mena scampered 70 yards early in the second half to extend the Panther lead to 21-8. The final two scores for Gadsden came off the running of Andres Santaella. The senior captain escaped for a 47-yard touchdown run and then sealed the game with a 64-yard touchdown romp late in the fourth quarter.
“We came off our emotions (after consecutive losses), came out and played, and I’m proud of them,” Facio said. “It’s not the way we drew it up, we don’t want to be 1-3. But getting a win now heading into district is sweet because everybody understands what our district is. It’s probably the toughest in the state. So anytime you can get a win going into that, is going to bode well for us.”