• Hannah Chuhlantseff

A wrap for SJM football



After a six game season San Joaquin Memorial football has come to an end. The Panthers started play on March 26 and finished the season on April 30. This is the shortest season of football in Panther history.



With such a short season though, the Panthers were able to have great success. The Panthers finished their season going 5-1.



Let us start from the beginning: the Panthers began their season in a home opener against Palma High School. During this game the Panthers played with grit and determination and they took the game winning 37-14.



In the second game of the season on Thursday April 1, the Panthers traveled down to Lemoore High School to play the Tigers. This was a very high scoring game. At halftime the Panthers were up 40-0. When the second half came around the Panthers kept the fight going. Lemoore was only able to score one touchdown against the Memorial defense. Yet again the Panthers took another dub winning this one 40-7.



Moving on the Panthers had a big third game ahead of them. On April 9 the Panthers faced a long time rival, the Bullard Knights. This game had a lot higher stakes for Memorial. The game was even more stressful this year because this was the first televised game for the Panthers this season. The Panthers put up a huge fight. This Panther defense refused to let any touchdowns in. On the other side of the ball the Panther offense was sprinting down the field. In fact the Panthers rushed for a total of 238 yards that night. The Panthers took another win, recording a score of 29-2.



Next the Panthers moved on to travel to their last away game of the season. This time they played the Edison Tigers. This was a heated game (literally). Not only was this another big rival school, but the Panthers played on turf in about 90 degree weather. However the heat did not stop these Panthers. The Panthers played an amazing game on both sides of the ball. Memorial ended up having their highest scoring game of the season. The panthers went on to win another game 57-20.



Now the biggest game of the season was among the Panthers. On April 23 the Panthers faced off against the Sanger Apaches. This game was another televised game, but what made this game so important and special was it was the CMAC Championship game. Throughout the whole game the score was back and forth. One minute the Panthers would lead, the next Sanger was ahead. Sadly though after many mistakes made by the Panthers, Sanger took the win, beating Memorial 28-21. However in life you must lose some to win some and in the end the Panthers walked off the field knowing they gave it their all.



After the Sanger game, the Panthers knew they had one more game left and had to give this one their all. On April 30 the Panthers played Madera High School in the last game of the season. This game was also senior night for the Panthers. The Panthers started the game off by letting Madera score one touchdown. This one touchdown would also be the last from the Madera Coyotes. After that one touchdown the Panthers came back and scored a total of 42 points. This led to one last win for the Panthers at 42-7.



With the season now complete the Panthers will take some time off, before beginning to training again for the next football season. The Panthers will lose 13 very important seniors, however the Panthers are a team that is full of young talent and will be seen a big threat next year. We would lastly like to congratulate all the seniors that will be moving on and we wish the next rising players good luck as the Panthers look for redemption of the CMAC title and winning yet another valley championship.




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