The Panthers remained winless on the season, while Kent City just kept on rolling, dominating the Panthers for a 38-15 victory that was decided in the first half.
“Kent City is a powerful, well coached team,” Panthers head coach Vince Grodus said. “This was a good learning experience for our team. We will learn and continue to grow as the season progresses.”
Hesperia was outscored, 14-1 in the first quarter and couldn’t dig its way out of the hole. Kent City had a 16-5 advantage in the second period to build a 30-6 halftime lead.
Scoring was very low in the second half, as neither team lit up the scoreboard. But, the Eagles were in control all the way, outscoring the Panthers, 5-2. Hesperia had a 7-3 edge in the fourth quarter.
Emmet Tinkham led the Panthers with 11 points, while Emma Joppich added four.
Hesperia, which fell to 0-4 overall and 0-3 in the league, returns to action on Monday at home against Mason County Central. Kent City is 7-0 and will play at Holton next Friday.